The San Francisco Giants would like nothing more than to play the Philadelphia Phillies in October for the National League pennant.
The two first-place teams finished their season series Sunday, with the Giants winning eight of 12 games."We hope beating them has a lot of psychological effect, but in my past experience, when you go to the playoffs, how you've done against the other club has no bearing," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "But that's a long way off. I'll talk about that when we get there. You just have to give our pitching a lot of credit this weekend."
The Giants took three of four weekend games from the Phillies at Candlestick Park as Bill Swift pitched seven strong innings Sunday in a 5-2 victory.
Swift (14-5) gave up three hits and struck out nine for his fourth consecutive victory.
The Phillies saw their lead over second-place St. Louis sliced to four games, while the Giants maintained their nine-game margin over Atlanta.
Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer off reliever Larry Andersen in the seventh inning for a major league-leading 29 home runs and 79 RBIs. He finished with a .364 average, five homers and 16 RBIs against the Phillies.
"We've caught the Phillies when they're down," Bonds said. "They've got a lot of nagging injuries. We wouldn't mind playing them in the playoffs."
Braves 13, Pirates 1
David Justice had four hits and three RBIs as Atlanta finished a weekend demolition of Pittsburgh's pitching at Three Rivers Stadium. The Braves outhit the Pirates 21-4, giving them 67 hits as they took three of four in the series by outscoring the Pirates 37-17.
Cardinals 5, Rockies 4, 11 innings
Todd Zeile had four hits and two RBIs, including a two-out, run-scoring single in the 11th inning off Gary Wayne (2-3), lifting St. Louis past Colorado at Mile High Stadium.
Cubs 3, Astros 1, 11 innings
Chicago rookie Kevin Roberson, who tied the score with a home run in the ninth inning, delivered an RBI single in the 11th off Houston reliever Doug Jones (3-8) at the Astrodome.
Mets 4, Dodgers 0
Eric Hillman pitched a five-hitter for first major league shutout and Joe Orsulak hit a home run as New York beat Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.
Expos 5, Padres 4, 10 innings
Marquis Grissom, who ended an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI double in the eighth inning, scored the go-ahead run on an error in the 10th as visiting Montreal beat San Diego for its 10th victory against the Padres this season.
Marlins 7, Reds 3
Orestes Destrade hit a two-run homer and rookie Robb Nen (1-0) won his first NL start as Florida beat Cincinnati at Joe Robbie Stadium.
Yankees 9, Angels 8
Pat Kelly hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning as New York overcame an eight-run deficit and beat slump-ridden California.
California took an 8-0 lead by scoring all its runs in a nine-hit second, its biggest inning in four years. But the Angels' losing streak still hit nine as they finished a 1-10 road trip.
Blue Jays 9, Rangers 7
Roberto Alomar's three-run homer in the ninth ruined a Texas comeback from a 6-1 deficit as visiting Toronto remained tied with New York, .001 behind Boston in the AL East.
Red Sox 8, Athletics 1
Mo Vaughn hit a grand slam off Bob Welch (7-7) and tied his career high with five RBIs, and Frank Viola (6-8) got his first Fenway Park victory since April 18 as Boston won its 10th straight game.
Indians 11, Mariners 9
Albert Belle homered twice to tie for the league lead, and Kenny Lofton hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for host Cleveland.
Ken Griffey Jr. set a Mariners record with his two-run homer in the fifth, his sixth straight game with a homer. He's two away from the major-league record of eight consecutive games with a home run, set by Pittsburgh's Dale Long in 1956 and Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees in 1987.
Twins 5, Orioles 2
Shane Mack had three hits and helped Jim Deshaies continue his 1993 Metrodome success. Deshaies (11-7) improved to 8-1 at home this season. In 52/3 innings, he allowed two runs, and Rick Aguilera pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
Tigers 3, Royals 0
Mike Moore pitched a personal-best one-hitter to end a six-game winless streak, and host Detroit defeated Kansas City to end a six-game slide.
Wally Joyner's one-out single in the second was the only hit off Moore.
Brewers 7, White Sox 3
Milwaukee's Tom Lampkin and Tom Brunansky hit consecutive homers in a four-run sixth inning in support of Cal Eldred (11-10) for visiting Milwaukee.