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At this rate, Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves will not be seeing Curt Schilling and the Philadelphia Phillies this October.

Maddux pitched 6 2/3 solid innings as the Braves beat the Phillies 4-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep in Atlanta.Maddux (6-2) leads the league with a 1.13 ERA, and the Braves lead the NL East with a 21-11 record. Atlanta has won six of seven.

Schilling (0-6), MVP of the Phillies' win over the Braves in the playoffs last year, has a 5.40 ERA. Philadelphia has lost seven of eight and fallen to 12-21, and is looking like a longshot even for a wild-card berth.

"What am I supposed to do?" Schilling said. "I'm 0-6. I can't get any more down than I am."

Maddux won in his first start since being hit on the left cheek by a foul liner last Sunday. He still had a large welt on the side of his face, but held the Phillies to three hits before tiring in the seventh inning.

"I don't think I have a reason. Who knows?," he said. "It might be getting hit in the face. It was a little tender, but it didn't hurt when I pitched."

Nor when he hit, apparently. Maddux singled twice, and scored on Deion Sanders' homer in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. Fred McGriff also homered for the Braves. Greg McMichael pitched two scoreless innings for his seventh save.

Dodgers 1, Astros 0

Raul Mondesi homered in the sixth inning, deciding a pitching duel between Pedro Astacio and Shane Reynolds at Dodger Stadium.

Reynolds (1-1) retired the first 15 Los Angeles batters, striking out eight, before Mondesi led off with his fifth home run. Jose Offerman singled on the next pitch, the only two hits Reynolds allowed in seven innings.

Reds 9, Padres 5

Barry Larkin had three hits and drove in two runs and Cincinnati came back to win in San Diego.

It was the fourth time in the last six games that the Reds rallied for a victory. The Padres have lost four in a row.

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2

Bob Tewksbury joined Ben McDonald as the only seven-game winners in the majors, pitching St. Louis past visiting Chicago.

Tewksbury (7-0) gave up seven hits in eight innings, struck out six and walked two. John Habyan pitched the ninth for his first save.

Expos 4, Mets 3

Pedro Martinez struck out eight in seven innings and Montreal ended New York's four-game winning streak.

Martinez (2-3) retired his final nine batters, fanning five. Mel Rojas pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, for his ninth save in 10 tries.

Pirates 5, Marlins 1

Denny Neagle and Rick White combined on a five-hitter as Pittsburgh won in Florida.

Neagle (3-4) began the game with a 5.57 ERA, but held the Marlins to four hits in 72/3 innings. Pittsburgh ended a five-game winning streak by Dave Weathers (5-2).

Giants 6, Rockies 1

Bill Swift improved to 4-0 lifetime against Colorado, helping himself with an RBI double as San Francisco won at home.

Swift (5-3) gave up 10 hits in six-plus innings, allowing at least one in each inning.

American League

Angels 8, Rangers 6

Angels 13, Rangers 1

Tim Salmon went 4-for-5. Then he went out and did it again.

"I've had some spells, but not like the last few games," Salmon said after going 8-for-10 Wednesday night as the California Angels swept the Texas Rangers 8-6 and 13-1.

The opener was the completion of Tuesday night's game, suspended at 1:10 a.m. CDT after eight innings because of the AL curfew. Dwight Smith's single off Kevin Brown (2-6) broke a 5-5 tie in the 10th and Jorge Fabregas added a two-run double.

Then, Chili Davis hit a pair of two-run homers and tripled in the regularly scheduled game. Salmon hit a two-run homer, as did Jim Edmonds. Smith also homered for the visiting Angels, who had a season-high 17 hits.

White Sox 14, Mariners 6

Ron Karkovice hit a grand slam and Julio Franco hit a three-run homer as Chicago scored seven runs with two outs in the third inning at Comiskey Park.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1

Mike Mussina (6-1) scattered seven hits in his first complete game this year, and Harold Baines and Chris Hoiles homered as Baltimore swept visiting Toronto for the first time since Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 1982. The Orioles have won four straight and 11 of 14.

Yankees 6, Indians 3

Danny Tartabull homered and Paul O'Neill got two more hits as New York won its sixth straight.

O'Neill hit an RBI double in a three-run fifth inning at Yankee Stadium that gave New York a 4-1 lead against Dennis Martinez (1-4), who allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. O'Neill went 2-for-4 and raised his major league-leading average to .473.

Royals 9, Twins 0

David Cone (6-1) pitched a three-hitter to win his sixth straight start, striking out six and walking none in his first complete game this season.

Wally Joyner, Terry Shumpert, Dave Henderson and Greg Gagne each drove in a pair of runs.

Tigers 6, Athletics 2

Cecil Fielder, Kirk Gibson and Eric Davis hit solo homers in the third inning, sending visiting Oakland to its 19th loss in 21 games.

John Doherty (4-2) pitched a seven-hitter for third straight win and second consecutive complete game.

Red Sox 7, Brewers 1

Aaron Sele (4-1) gave up seven hits in the first complete game of his career, and Mo Vaughn homered and drove in three runs as Boston stopped a season-high five-game losing streak.