As long as John Burkett keeps winning and Barry Bonds keeps hitting, the San Francisco Giants' lead in the NL West appears secure.
Burkett became the first 13-game winner in the major leagues and Bonds hit his league-leading 22nd home run as the Giants beat the Montreal Expos 10-4 Monday night.Burkett (13-2) won his fifth consecutive start, allowing all four runs and scattering 10 hits in seven-plus innings. The Giants have scored 40 runs in his last four starts.
"It's just one of those things," he said with a shrug. "But, hey, if they give me 10 a game all the way, I'll take it."
Will Clark had three hits for the Giants, including his sixth home run of the season. Willie McGee went 4-for-5, hitting a three-run double in the Giants' five-run first inning.
"With the kind of team we have, our pitchers can relax and throw the ball," McGee said. "Everybody's contributing, everybody's hitting, and when that happens, everybody loosens up. The pressure's not on one guy."
Braves 9, Marlins 7
Ron Gant ended an 0-for-14 slump by homering twice and driving in four runs at Atlanta. David Justice homered and drove in three runs for the Braves.
Mark Wohlers (3-0), the fourth of six Atlanta pitchers, threw 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Mike Stanton pitched the ninth for his 22nd save. Jim Corsi (0-2) was the loser for the Marlins, who have dropped five of six.
Phillies 9, Dodgers 5
John Kruk and Dave Hollins each had three hits, and Wes Chamberlain doubled in two runs. Tommy Greene (10-3), who had given up 11 runs in his two previous starts, allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Orel Hershiser (6-8) lasted five innings for visiting Los Angeles, giving up six runs - just one earned - and eight hits. Hershiser made one error and shortstop Jose Offerman made another, his major league-leading 20th.
Cardinals 10, Astros 4
Donovan Osborne (7-3) earned his fifth victory in six decisions and Gregg Jefferies had three hits and drove in three runs for visiting St. Louis, which avoided a four-game sweep and stopped Houston's four-game winning streak.
Greg Swindell (6-8) gave up six earned runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Reds 6, Pirates 4
Reggie Sanders homered and drove in a career-high four runs as Cincinnati built a five-run lead and won its fourth straight to reach .500 for the first time since May 17, a week before manager Davey Johnson was hired.
Padres 12, Mets 7
Tim Teufel and Jeff Gardner each drove in three runs as visiting San Diego had a season-high 19 hits and extended Pete Schourek's winless streak to seven games.
Wally Whitehurst (3-5) faced the Mets for the first time since New York traded him to San Diego last Oct. 26. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings for his first victory in four starts since June 15.
Cubs 10, Rockies 1
Rick Wilkins homered twice off Willie Blair (3-6), giving him 16 this season, and Mike Harkey (6-2) allowed five hits in eight innings as visiting Chicago gained a four-game split.
Andres Galarraga went 1-for-4 for Colorado and maintained his National League-leading batting average at .400.
Twins 13, Tigers 3
Everyone seems to be getting even with the Detroit Tigers as they make their second trip around the American League.
The Minnesota Twins became the latest, routing the Tigers 13-3 Monday night at the Metrodome in the opener of a three-game series. The revenge factor exists because the Tigers mauled the Twins at Minnesota in late April.
The Tigers were the talk of baseball back then, and they still are - for a different reason. Detroit has dropped 13 of 14 games.
Athletics 6, Indians 5
Indians 6, Athletics 2
Rickey Henderson led off both games with home runs, and Oakland split its doubleheader with Cleveland at the Coliseum.
The Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician, said the only other instance it could find of a player leading off both games of a doubleheader with home runs was Harry Hooper of the Boston Red Sox on May 30, 1913, against Washington.
Henderson extended his major league record of leadoff home runs to 61. Mike Aldrete's two-run homer broke a sixth-inning tie in the opener.
Albert Belle homered twice in the second game for the Indians. Felix Fermin also connected for his first home run since April 1990.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
Lance Johnson tripled twice and Chicago sent Toronto to its season-high fifth straight loss. Frank Thomas had three hits for the visiting White Sox, including his 18th home run.
Wilson Alvarez (8-4) gave up two runs in 71/3 innings and Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Red Sox 4, Angels 3
Billy Hatcher had four hits, then hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning that lifted Boston over California for its fifth straight victory.
Boston won for the 12th time in 13 games and has won four straight on the road, its longest streak away from Fenway Park since September 1991. California has lost seven of eight.
Royals 7, Orioles 1
Rico Rossy and Brian McRae hit consecutive homers in a seven-run eighth inning that rallied Kansas City past visiting Baltimore.
Fernando Valenzuela, who shut out Toronto in his previous start, blanked Kansas City on three hits for 62/3 innings and left with a 1-0 lead.
Yankees 6, Mariners 3
Hensley Meulens and Mike Stanley homered off Randy Johnson, and Scott Kamieniecki ended his 13-game road losing streak. The Yankees stopped their three-game losing streak and sent the Mariners to their fourth straight loss.
Kamieniecki (3-2) had not won on the road since July 18, 1991, in Oakland. The Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the first inning as Don Mattingly hit a two-run double and Meulens homered. Johnson (10-5) struck out seven in his sixth complete game. It was the first time in six games that he did not strike out at least 10.
Rangers 5, Brewers 4
Juan Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that sent Texas over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The Rangers won their third in a row.
Gonzalez hit his 21st home run off James Austin after Rafael Palmeiro singled with one out against Graeme Lloyd (2-1).
Mike Schooler (3-0) won for the third time in five days.