While the Chicago Cubs found a perfect short reliever, the Los Angeles Dodgers found some hospitality in the Windy City.
Ramon Martinez moved into a three-way tie for the major-league lead in victories and Lenny Harris clubbed his first career grand slam Monday night to power the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 13-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs.The game got so out of hand that Chicago Manager Jim Essian brought 5-foot-8 Doug Dascenzo in from center field to pitch the final two innings. It marked the second career relief appearance for the outfielder, the last coming June 12, 1990. Dascenzo faced the minimum six batters, allowing just a walk.
"We've found the perfect short man," cracked Cubs closer Dave Smith.
"He's a good pitcher. I hope they don't start him against us," joked Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda.
Los Angeles won for the fifth time in six games and took three of four from Chicago, which has now lost five of their last seven.
Los Angeles did it by pounding out 16 hits. Every starter in the L.A. lineup had at least one hit. The Dodgers also received a solo home run from Juan Samuel and Eddie Murray had a pair of two-run singles.
Ramon Martinez, 10-2, took advantage of the offensive support and tied Atlanta's Tom Glavine and California's Chuck Finley for the major-league lead in victories. He went six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. Mike Hartley pitched the final three innings for his first save.
Reds 9, Phillies 3
At Cincinnati, Paul O'Neill smacked his 13th homer and knocked in four runs and Jeff Reed batted in three runs to support the four-hit pitching of Jose Rijo and pace Cincinnati. Rijo, 5-2, won his fourth straight decision and pitched his first complete game of the year.
Cardinals 3, Giants 2
At St. Louis, Milt Thompson tripled home two runs to trigger a three-run seventh inning to lift St. Louis.
Pirates 5, Padres 3
At Pittsburgh, Jeff King and Mitch Webster helped snap a two-game losing streak by clubbing home runs.
Expos 7, Braves 1
At Atlanta, Tim Wallach and Dave Martinez homered to support the six-hit pitching of Dennis Martinez to lead Montreal.
Astros 6, Mets 4
At Houston, Jeff Bagwell had a bases-loaded double and Rafael Ramirez added a two-run single. Reliever John Franco, 1-5, allowed the winning hits to take the loss.
Twins 8, Indians 5
Paul Abbott was like an understudy waiting in the wings of the hottest show in town.
The Twins reliever finally got his chance under the lights Monday night, pocketing his first major-league victory of the season to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-5 decision over the Cleveland Indians.
Abbott, one of many observers in the bullpen while his teammates reeled off eight straight wins, helped run that streak to nine with four shutout innings.
Twins 8, Indians 5
At Minneapolis, Mike Pagliarulo hit a three-run double to rally Minnesota.
White Sox 3, Rangers 2 (13 innings)
At Texas, right fielder Ruben Sierra dropped a fly ball off the bat of Joey Cora in the 13th inning that allowed two runs to score, enabling Chicago to win its fifth straight.
Red Sox 6, Mariners 2
At Seattle, Carlos Quintana hit a pair of two-run homers and rookie Mike Gardiner shutout his former teammates for six innings to lead Boston.
Athletics 12, Tigers 6
At Oakland, Jose Canseco's bases-loaded double snapped an eighth-inning tie and Mark McGwire added two home runs to lead the Athletics. Johnny Guzman, 1-0, pitched to two batters in gaining his first major league victory.
McGwire hit his ninth homer of the season and 23rd of his career against Detroit. Mike Henneman fell to 5-2.
Brewers 7, Angels 2
At California, Chris Bosio scattered six hits over seven innings and Paul Molitor tripled and drove in a run to boost Milwaukee. The victory snapped Milwaukee's seven-game losing streak. Bosio, 5-6, allowed one run while walking two and striking out three.