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MARTINEZ WINS 16TH AS EXPOS TOP METS

Dennis Martinez matched a career high with his 16th victory and Tim Wallach hit a three-run homer as the Montreal Expos beat the New York Mets 4-1 Saturday night.

Martinez (16-11) gave up five hits, including Chico Walker's home run in the ninth, struck out four and walked one for his sixth complete game of the season as the Expos beat the Mets for the 10th time in 14 games.Pete Schourek (5-7) gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked two in five innings for his first loss after three straight wins.

Martinez has won 16 games on three other occasions - in 1978 and 1982 with the Baltimore Orioles and in 1989 with the Expos.

Cardinals 11, Cubs 3

At St. Louis, Ray Lankford, Felix Jose and Todd Zeile all homered and St. Louis strung together five straight singles in a four-run sixth inning as the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs.

The three homers gave the Cardinals 50 for the year at home, their highest total since 51 in 1970. Jose had three hits and drove in three runs.

Pirates 9, Phillies 7

At Philadelphia, Jay Bell tripled home the tying run and scored on Andy Van Slyke's single as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for three runs in the ninth inning and beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dave Hollins, who drove in five runs for the Phillies, hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Stan Belinda (6-4) for a 7-6 lead. But the Pirates came back and won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Braves 9, Astros 3

At Houston, Dave Justice homered twice and drove in four runs as the Atlanta Braves won their eighth straight game, beating Houston for their 13th consecutive victory in the Astrodome.

Rookie David Nied (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Atlanta starter John Smoltz lasted only 32/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.

Dodgers 7, Giants 0

At Los Angeles, Pedro Astacio pitched his third shutout in seven major league starts and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Francisco.

Astacio (3-3) scattered six hits and lowered his ERA to 1.56. He walked none and struck out four.

Reds 7, Padres 4

At San Diego, Jose Rijo pitched eight shutout innings and hit a two-run single as the Cincinnati Reds hammered Bruce Hurst and beat San Diego.

Hurst (14-8) allowed five runs on 12 hits in 71/3 innings, including Barry Larkin's solo homer in the eighth and Willie Greene's triple, which gave the rookie his first big-league RBI.