Andres Galarraga was ready to come to Miami and feel appreciated.
Last winter, Galarraga took his free agent status to Florida and offered his services to Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski. Wouldn't it be nice to have a native of Venezuela playing in front of a heavily Latin-American crowd?"My agent talked to him, and he said I can't hit anymore in this league," Galarraga said.
Galarraga hit a 455-foot home run and Dante Bichette added a three-run homer to help the Colorado Rockies beat their expansion rival 6-3 Tuesday night.
Colorado broke a five-game losing streak and clinched the season series against its expansion rival. The Rockies lead the series 7-4 with one game remaining today.
Three of Galarraga's 14 homers have come against the Marlins. He went 2-for-4, raising his average to .382, best in the National League.
Willie Blair (4-7) gave up two runs in five innings for his first victory since June 19. Darren Holmes pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.
Giants 8, Expos 3
The hitting of Darren Lewis and the pitching of Bill Swift helped San Francisco extend Montreal's losing streak to three games. Lewis hit a two-run homer, had three hits and scored four runs as host San Franciso's lead in the NL West stayed at nine games.
Reds 8, Cubs 3
Tim Belcher (9-5) ended visiting Chicago's five-game winning streak and extended his own hot streak at the same time. Belcher (9-5) gave up three runs over 61/3 innings in winning for the eighth time in nine decisions. The right-hander hasn't lost since June 20.
Pirates 2, Astros 1
Doug Drabek returned to Pittsburgh and pitched well - but lost. Drabek (7-11), pitching in Pittsburgh against the Pirates for the first time in his career, gave up two runs in seven innings but lost his third straight overall and fourth in a row on the road.
Padres 4, Mets 1
Rookie Jeff Gardner's first major-league home run and Greg Harris' career-best 10th win halted visiting New York's longest winning streak of the season at three games. Harris (10-9) pitched a four-hitter and had a shutout until Howard Johnson's homer with one out in the ninth. Gardner led off the first with his home run, tripled and singled.
Phillies 8, Dodgers 2
Lenny Dykstra homered leading off the seventh to break a 2-all tie in Los Angeles and help Danny Jackson win for the first time in nearly a month.