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Carpenter pitches Cardinals to win

Thursday, April 9, 2009

By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday.

Carpenter (1-0) didn't allow a hit until Ramon Vazquez singled just under the glove of second baseman Skip Schumaker with two outs in the seventh.

The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, Carpenter didn't pitch from April 1, 2007, until last July 30 because of an elbow injury that required reconstructive surgery and he made just four appearances totaling 15 1-3 innings last season.

Carpenter struck out seven and walked two. Dennys Reyes pitched an inning for his third career save and his first since Sept. 27, 1999.

Yadier Molina and pinch-hitter Brian Barden had RBI singles in the seventh against Ross Ohlendorf (0-1).

Reds 8, Mets 6

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto had a three-run homer and an RBI single off Oliver Perez, who rarely has such a tough time against a left-handed hitter, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets to salvage the final game of their opening series.

Bronson Arroyo (1-0), who'd had trouble with carpal tunnel syndrome, giving up five runs in six innings. Francisco Cordero struck out the side in the ninth, converting Cincinnati's first save opportunity of the season.

Perez (0-1) lost in his start since signing a $36 million, three-year contract. He led NL pitchers in stifling left-handed hitters last season -- they batted only .158 against him.

Padres 4, Dodgers 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adrian Gonzalez's solo homer started a three-run rally in the eighth inning that carried the San Diego Padres over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Closer Heath Bell got out of a jam in the ninth for his second save and the Padres salvaged a split of an opening, four-game series against the defending NL West champion Dodgers.

Cla Meredith (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Cory Wade (0-1) took the loss.

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