Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was diagnosed yesterday with an inoperable malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma and will treat it with chemotherapy and radiation.

According to a report in The Record of Hackensack, N.J., Carter's family said he has four inoperable tumors on his brain.

But doctors at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University in Durham, N.C., only referred to one saying its location makes it difficult to remove.

The 57-year-old Carter hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBI in 19 seasons in the majors. The 11-time All-Star played his last game with the Montreal Expos in 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Noteworthy

* Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn says he's doing "good" 7 months after revealing that he has cancer in a salivary gland. Gwynn has had radiation and chemotherapy.

* Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was able to pay his major league bills.

A person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly told the Associated Press that McCourt was able to make payroll.

If McCourt couldn't make payroll, Major League Baseball would have taken control and paid the team's bills.

McCourt took a $30 million loan from Fox, the Dodgers' television partner, prior to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig's decision to appoint a monitor to oversee the team's daily operations.

In games last night:

* At St. Louis, Albert Pujols had two hits, including an RBI double in a three-run eighth inning, to help lead the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.

* At New York, Neil Walker hit a two-run single in the eighth inning off R.A. Dickey to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally past the Mets, 5-1.

* At Cincinnati, Corey Hart hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-2 victory over the Reds.

* At Atlanta, Chris Denorfia had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored as the San Diego Padres beat the Braves, 5-4.

* At Chicago, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol blew his third save of the season, allowing six runs in the ninth inning as the Houston Astros won 7-3.

Matt Downs' pinch-hit, two-run double tied the game and Michael Bourn singled in the go-ahead run off Marmol (1-2). Hunter Pence added a three-run shot for the Astros.

Before the game, the Cubs put leftfielder Alfonso Soriano on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.

* At Phoenix, Anibal Sanchez (5-1) struck out eight over eight innings and knocked in two runs to lead the Florida Marlins to a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

* At Los Angeles, Casey Blake hit a three-run homer and Matt Kemp added a two-run shot and finished with four RBI to lead the Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies, 8-2.