By The Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Pirates finally found a player to hit for a cycle in Three Rivers Stadium, and with not to much time to spare.
''When I hit it in the gap, I honestly thought it bounced over the wall, but I wasn't stopping at second,'' Jason Kendall said Friday night after his eighth-inning triple gave him the cycle in the Pirates' 13-1 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kendall, who drove in five runs, had a two-run homer in the first, an RBI single in the second, a double in the third and a two-run triple in the eighth.
The last Pirates player to hit for the cycle at home had been Wally Westlake against the Braves on June 14, 1949, when the Pirates played at Forbes Field.
Pittsburgh, which moved to Three Rivers in 1970, moves on to PNC Park next year, and Kendall figures to be a big past of their plans.
''Nothing he does is amazing,'' Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. ''He's one of the best young players in the league.''
In other NL games, it was Chicago 4, Cincinnati 1; San Diego 11, Atlanta 7; Milwaukee 11, San Francisco 10 in 10 innings; Colorado 10, Philadelphia 2; New York 4, Arizona 3; Montreal 3, Houston 2 in 10 innings; and Los Angeles 5, Florida 3.
Kris Benson (4-4) struck out a career-high 11. Rick Ankiel (3-2) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings, the shortest of his eight career starts.
Cubs 4, Reds 1
Sammy Sosa hit a two-run double in the first, and Cincinnati's Dmitri Young connected for the only homer of the game. Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-3 in his first regular-season appearance at Wrigley Field.
Ismael Valdes (1-1) got his first win since beating the Cubs last Aug. 27, allowing one run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. Todd Van Poppel finished for his first save of the season, the second of his career.
Steve Parris (2-6) gave up all four runs and four hits in seven innings.
Padres 11, Braves 7
Phil Nevin hit his first grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, stopping Atlanta's six-game winning streak.
Bret Boone added a three-run homer in his return to Atlanta as the Padres scored four runs in the first, fell behind 5-4 in the third and put the game out of reach with Nevin's homer in the seventh.
Brewers 11, Giants 10
Ron Belliard's 10th-inning sacrifice fly off Robb Nen (0-1) scored pinch-runner James Mouton, sending visiting San Francisco to its seventh straight loss.
Milwaukee closer Bob Wickman (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.
Rockies 10, Phillies 2
Jeffery Hammonds and Brent Mayne each had four RBIs, and Pedro Astacio (4-2) became the winningest pitcher in Rockies history. With 40 wins, he topped Kevin Ritz, 39-28 from 1994-98.
Andy Ashby (2-4) was pounded for eight runs -- six earned -- and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings as Philadelphia lost for the sixth time in seven games. Visiting Colorado, which has won five of six, outhit the Phillies 14-6.
Mets 4, Diamondbacks 3
Bobby J. Jones (1-1) won for the first time since April 17, 1999, and New York posted consecutive wins for the first time this month.
Mike Piazza erased a 3-2 deficit with a two-run homer in the fifth off Todd Stottlemyre (7-2). Visiting Arizona stole a team-record seven bases, but lost for the fourth time in five games.
Jones, who missed most of last year because of an injured right shoulder and had a calf problem last month, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Armando Benitez struck out Tony Womack with a runner on third for his 10th save.
Expos 3, Astros 2
At Montreal, Jose Vidro singled home the winning run with one out in the 10th off Joe Slusarski (0-1).
Houston, 0-10 in one-run games this season, is the only team in the majors without a one-run win.
Dodgers 5, Marlins 3
Adrian Beltre hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth off Braden Looper (0-1) as visiting Los Angeles won for the fifth time in six games.
Matt Herges (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Jeff Shaw got his 11th save.
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