Dave Magadan had four of Florida's team-record 21 hits, and the Marlins trounced the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 Friday night for their sixth victory in seven games.
Magadan hit his third home run of the season and also doubled. Florida matched the club mark for runs, and set a record with seven extra-base hits.Luis Aquino (4-3) gave up three runs in seven innings. He began the game with a 2.12 ERA, best in the National League.
Tim Wakefield (3-7) was knocked out in the second inning. The Marlins led 5-2 after the two innings and 8-2 after five.
Chuck Carr singled to start the first inning for Florida, advanced on a wild pickoff throw and scored on a single by Bret Barberie. Magadan hit an RBI double and Benito Santiago singled home another run.
Florida scored twice in the second inning, one on a single by Magadan that drove in Aquino.
Magadan homered in the fourth for a 7-2 lead. Carr added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Santiago's triple highlighted a three-run eighth.
Cardinals 1, Expos 0
At St. Louis, Joe Magrane allowed two hits in 72/3 innings, and torrid Bernard Gilkey homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the sagging Montreal Expos.
Magrane (4-6) has won his last two starts, allowing only one run in 142/3 innings after losing four in a row. Before his previous start, the Cardinals had considered removing him from the rotation.
Gilkey hit his second home run on a 2-2 hanging breaking ball from Kent Bottenfield (1-4) with one out in the fifth. He also singled twice, making him 5-for-9 in the series.
Magrane was removed from the game one batter after being hit on the left forearm by pinch-hitter Frank Bolick's line drive with one out in the eighth - a ball he caught. After Magrane walked pinch-hitter Sean Berry, Paul Kilgus got the last out in the eighth.
Lee Smith worked the ninth - allowing an infield hit to Larry Walker - for his 18th save as the Cardinals won for the sixth time in eight games.
Phillies 5, Mets 2
At New York, third baseman Chico Walker made an error on Pete Incaviglia's grounder with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Philadelphia Phillies the go-ahead run and a victory over the New York Mets.
The Phillies, who overcame a 5-0 deficit against the Mets on Incaviglia's homer in the seventh inning Thursday night, rallied for their 14th win in 18 games. Curt Schilling (8-1) gave up five hits in his fifth complete game.
The Mets have lost four in a row and seven of eight. Pete Schourek (2-8) dropped his fourth consecutive decision.
Braves 6, Reds 5
At Atlanta, Otis Nixon, the subject of strong trade rumors, scored the winning run on Brian Hunter's pinch-single in the 11th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the Cincinnati Reds.
Nixon, who had not played in eight days since being replaced by Deion Sanders in center field, has attracted interest from several American League teams, including the Boston Red Sox.
The Braves, who tied the score in the ninth on Jeff Blauser's two-out, two-run single off Rob Dibble, won it against Tim Pugh (3-8). Sid Bream, in a 2-for-34 slump, led off with a single and Nixon pinch ran.
Rockies 5, Astros 4
At Denver, Pedro Castellano drove in his first run in the major leagues with a two-out, bloop single in the eighth inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the Houston Astros.
Castellano, who entered the game as a defensive replacement for shortstop Nelson Liriano in the sixth inning, singled to short right field off Xavier Hernandez (2-2). Jerald Clark led off with a single and was sacrificed to second.
Charlie Hayes put Colorado ahead 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Scott Servais tied the game with a homer in the Houston eighth off reliever Jeff Parrett (1-2). Darren Holmes pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Giants 7, Cubs 2
At San Francisco, Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer, highlighting a four-run third inning that led the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs in a game marked by hit batters and ejected pitchers.
Cubs relievers Jose Bautista and Charles McElroy both were tossed after hitting batters. Chicago manager Jim Lefebvre and third base coach Chuck Cottier also were ejected.
The benches emptied at one point, but the incident did not turn into a fight.
Padres 5, Dodgers 4
At San Diego, Tony Gwynn hit a three-run double with two outs, capping a five-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the San Diego Padres past the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kevin Gross shut out San Diego on three hits for eight innings and also hit a two-run homer, helping the Dodgers take a 4-0 lead. But the Padres came back against relievers Pedro Martinez, Jim Gott (2-2) and Omar Daal.
Martinez took over to start the ninth and Gary Sheffield led off with a single and Fred McGriff hit his 13th home run of the season. Derek Bell walked with one out and Kevin Higgins singled, bringing on Gott.