David Cone struck out 10, becoming the first Met pitcher in four years to reach double figures in three straight games, as New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Saturday night in Cincinnati.
By winning, the Mets remained two games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League East. The Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 8-4 earlier Saturday.Todd Hundley singled to start a two-run rally in the third inning and added an RBI single in a two-run fifth.
Cone (6-4) allowed five hits and walked three in 72/3 innings. John Franco got the final four outs for his 18th save, but allowed two runs on three straight doubles in the ninth.
The last New York pitcher to reach double figures in strikeouts in three straight games was Sid Fernandez, in 1986.
Leading 1-0, New York scored twice in the third off Jack Armstrong (11-4). Hundley led off with a single and advanced on Cone's sacrifice bunt before Armstrong hit Keith Miller with a pitch, drawing a warning from home plate umpire Frank Pulli because Cone had thrown close to Mariano Duncan in the second.
Dave Magadan flied out, moving Hundley to third before Miller stole second. Hundley scored on catcher Jeff Reed's wild throw to second before Howard Johnson singled to score Miller, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead.
The Mets chased Armstrong in the fourth when Daryl Boston doubled in a run and Hundley added an RBI single.
The Reds got a run in the seventh when Duncan tripled in Chris Sabo, who had walked. Consecutive ninth-inning doubles by Duncan, Joe Oliver and Glenn Braggs scored Cincinnati's final two runs.
The Mets scored in the first when Miller had an infield hit, took third on a single by Magadan and scored when Howard Johnson grounded into a double play.
Miller had a run-scoring single in the eighth.
Pirates 8, Padres 4
In Pittsburgh, Pinch-hitter R.J. Reynolds' two-run single in the eighth inning snapped a tie and helped lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to victory over the San Diego Padres.
Ted Power, activated from the disabled list before the game, picked up his first win. He pitched two innings of one-hit relief, walking two and striking out one to lift his record to 1-2, as the Pirates won the 10th of their last 11 games.
Greg Harris, 4-4, allowed four runs, two hits, walked two and struck out one as the Padres lost their fourth straight and 13 of 15.
Dodgers 7, Cubs 0
In Chicago, Mike Morgan pitched a three-hitter and Kal Daniels whacked two three-run homers to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to victory over Chicago, the Cubs' sixth straight loss.
Morgan, 8-7, hurled his fifth complete game in 18 starts and recorded his fourth shutout. The three hits he allowed equaled his career best, accomplished in 1979 with Oakland and earlier this season against St. Louis. He walked two and struck out two.
Greg Maddux, 4-9, suffered the loss. He pitched eight innings allowing six earned runs, seven hits, four walks and struck out four.
Daniels six RBI is a career high.
Braves 3, Expos 2, 1st game
In Atlanta, Tommy Gregg belted a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to victory over the Montreal Expos in the first game of a doubleheader.
With the Expos leading 2-0, Jim Presley and Dave Justice led off the eighth with back-to-back singles. Gregg then ripped the first pitch off loser Dave Schmidt, 3-1, over the right-field fence for his third homer of the year.
Braves reliever Kent Mercker workedtwo innings and struck out three to improve to 2-0.
Royals 2, Red Sox 1
Red Sox 8, Royals 7
In Boston, Ellis Burks smashed a pinch-hit three-run homer to cap a five-run eighth inning Saturday night, rallying the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 triumph over the Kansas City Royals and a split of their day-night double-header.
In the first game, Bill Pecota singled home Willie Wilson with two outs in the eighth inning, giving the Royals a 2-1 victory.
Trailing 7-3 in the eighth of the second game, the Red Sox chased starter Kevin Appier and rallied to snap their six-game losing skid.
Carlos Quintana and Tom Brunansky singled to open the inning. One out later, Mike Greenwell bounced to short, advancing both runners. John Marzano chased Appier with a looping two-run single to right.
Burks, who pinch-hit in the first game but missed the previous six with a injured hamstring, belted a pitch from reliever Jay Baller, 0-1, into the left-field screen for his 11th homer of the season to move Boston ahead 8-7.
Tom Bolton, 2-0, hurled 22/3 innings to gain the win. Jeff Reardon retired the final out for his 15th save.
Kansas City had broken a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the fifth. Pat Tabler and George Brett contributed run-scoring singles to make it 4-2.
Boston answered with a run in the fifth on Boggs' sacrifice fly.
Mike Macfarlane's infield hit scored Perry to give the Royals a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Gerald Perry, who went 7 for 9 in the twin-bill, delivered an RBI single in the seventh to make it 6-3.
Tabler's solo homer off reliever Bolton in the eighth, his first home run of the season, made it 7-3.
Boston starter Greg Harris lasted only five-plus innings, allowing five runs and nine hits.
In the opener, Kansas City scored twice in the eighth to overcome the Red Sox.George Brett led off the inning with a single off loser Rob Murphy, 0-6. One out later, Gerald Perry followed with a single, chasing Murphy. Jeff Reardon came on and surrendered a single to Wilson, driving home Brett and tying the game at 1-1. After a fielder's choice, Pecota slapped a single to left, scoring Wilson with the winning run.
Luis Aquino earned the win and improved to 4-0. He pitched seven innings, yielding eight hits and striking out five. Jeff Montgomery hurled the final two innings to gain his 10th save.
Boston starter Roger Clemens, who has won only once in his last six starts, pitched seven innings, giving up seven hits and striking out five.
White Sox 8, Yankees 7, 10 innings
In New York, Ron Karkovice hit a solo homer with one out in the 10th inning to boost the Chicago White Sox to victory over New York, despite two homers and five RBI from Yankees' rookie Kevin Mass.
Chicago has won the first three games of the four-game series against New York, who lost its fourth straight game.
Don Pall, 1-3, the sixth Chicago pitcher, worked two innings for the win and Bobby Thigpen recorded the final out for his 29th save.
Athletics 3, Brewers 1
In Oakland, Calif., Bob Welch pitched a five-hitter, Jose Canseco blasted home run number 24 and Walt Weiss stroked a two-run single, guiding the Oakland Athletics to victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Welch, 14-3, became the major leagues' first 14-game winner. He went 7 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out eight. Dennis Eckersley, who relieved Rick Honeycutt in the eighth, pitched 1 1/3 innings to notch his 28th save.
Bill Krueger, 4-5, allowed all three runs - one earned - giving up four hits and two walks while fanning three over seven innings.