Doug Drabek, preparing for his start in Game 1 of the playoffs, pitched five shutout, but the Montreal Expos rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Spike Owen's two-run homer in the ninth.
Drabek scattered seven hits and one walk and finished the regular season at 15-14, a year after winning the Cy Young Award with a 22-6 record. He will start Wednesday night when the Pirates begin the NL playoffs at home against either Atlanta or Los Angeles.Owen's third home run of the season came after Mike Fitzgerald singled with two outs off Roger Mason (3-2). Owen homered for the first time since July 1, and helped the Expos end a four-game losing streak.
Barry Jones (4-9), one of three Montreal pitchers in the eighth, was the winner. Mel Rojas finished for his sixth save.
Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds opened the Pirates' second with singles and Jose Lind hit an RBI single. The Expos tied the score in the seventh against Neal Heaton when Nelson Santovenia doubled and scored on Fitzgerald's single.
Brewers 3, Red Sox 2
At Boston, Dante Bichette hit a decisive home run, and Cal Eldred won for the second time in three major league starts, leading the surging Milwaukee Brewers to a victory over the slumping Boston Red Sox.
Eldred (2-0) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two in 6 1-3 innings before being replaced by Darren Holmes. Doug Henry got the final three outs for his 14th save.
Boston rookie Mike Gardiner (9-10), allowed three runs, six hits and two walks while striking out one in 6 2-3 innings.
Indians 3, Yankees 2
At New York, Jim Thome hit his first major league homer, a two-run shot with two out in the ninth inning, giving the Cleveland Indians a victory over the New York Yankees.
Thome's homer came in his 89th major league at-bat and scored Reggie Jefferson, who had singled with one out.
Eric Bell (4-0), who pitched 2 1-3 innings of two-hit relief, was the winner. Steve Olin worked a hitless ninth for his 17th save.
Blue Jays 4, Twins 1
At Minneapolis, Todd Stottlemyre, selected earlier as a playoff starter, pitched a strong game as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins in the return of bullpen ace Tom Henke.
Stottlemyre (15-8), was named Toronto's No. 4 playoff starter against Minnesota, is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last three starts. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five before leaving with two on and none out in the sixth.
Henke, who has 32 saves in 35 chances but had been sidelined by shoulder tendinitis, worked a perfect seventh innning in his first appearance since Sept. 17. He struck out one, throwing eight strikes in 10 pitches.