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GROSS’ COMPLETE-GAME WIN A BIG HIT FOR STRUGGLING L.A.

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Kevin Gross was a relief in more ways than one for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gross pitched a seven-hitter to lead them to a 2-1 win Friday at Wrigley Field over the Chicago Cubs, who lost their 10th straight game.

Tim Wallach's two-run homer provided enough offense for the struggling Dodgers, who won for the second time in seven games.Bullpen pitching has been a concern for Los Angeles. The 'pen has an 11-15 record in 52 outings with a 4.65 ERA. It had dropped five straight decisions. Gross (5-3) pitched his first complete game in 12 starts. He struck out five and walked one.

Wallach's two-out homer in the sixth inning, his 15th, came after Mike Piazza walked for a 2-0 lead.

Gross lost his shutout in the ninth when the Cubs scored on a single by Sammy Sosa.

Pirates 5, Marlins 4

At Pittsburgh, Brian Hunter broke the Pirates out of an extended offensive slump with a homer and three RBIs, and Pittsburgh pitchers worked out of a series of jams to beat Florida.

Pittsburgh, batting .195 in its previous 10 games, had 10 hits by the third inning to win its third in a row and fifth in seven games.

Padres 5, Giants 2

At San Francisco, rookie Joey Hamilton stopped San Francisco for eight innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants.

Tony Gwynn drove in three runs and scored twice. He went 2-for-4.

Reds 10, Rockies 4

At Cincinnati, Colorado remains winless at Riverfront Stadium and hapless against Cincinnati's John Roper, who pitched 71/3 innings for a victory over the Rockies.

Colorado is 0-9 at Riverfront - its worst mark at any ballpark - and 0-4 against Roper, who has never beaten another National League team.

Cardinals 4, Phillies 3

At Philadelphia, pinch-hitter Luis Alicea hit a three-run homer in the seventh as St. Louis ended the Phils' four-game win streak. St. Louis trailed 3-1 when Tom Pagnozzi drew a one-out walk from Mike Williams (2-3) in the seventh. Jose Oquendo singled and Alicea, batting for pitcher Rick Sutcliffe (3-2), hit his second home run of the season.

Expos 6, Mets 4

At New York, Moises Alou homered for the fifth time in five games, and the Montreal Expos beat the New York Mets for their eighth win in 11 games. Alouhit a two-run homer and RBI single.

Ken Hill (9-3) gave up two runs and five hits in 61/3 innings. He retired 18 straight after Bobby Bonilla's first-inning RBI single.

Braves 5, Astros 2

At Houston, David Justice hit a three-run homer, sending John Smoltz and Atlanta past Houston. Smoltz (4-6) pitched three-hit ball for seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Justice connected with in the fifth for his eighth home run and a 5-0 lead. Drabek began the game with a 2.28 ERA.

American League

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2

At Toronto, Todd Stottlemyre pitched a six-hitter, and John Olerud hit a three-run homer, leading Toronto. Stottlemyre (5-3), who has allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts, collected his second shutout and complete game this season. He struck out five and walked three.

Olerud became the first lefthanded batter to homer off Jim Abbott (6-5) since 1991 with his three-run homer in the third.

Orioles 10, Red Sox 7

At Boston, Chris Sabo, making his first appearance in eight days, hit a two-run homer as Baltimore rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Sox.

Twins 8, White Sox 6, 10 innings

In Minneapolis, Alex Cole hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after Minnesota rallied for five runs in the ninth as the Twins defeated Chicago. Shane Mack hit a three-run homer to cap Minnesota's five-run ninth.

In the 10th, Jeff Reboulet singled with out. One out later, Cole hit his third career homer.

Brewers 7, Indians 6

At Milwaukee, B.J. Surhoff's two-run double capped Milwaukee's three-run rally in the ninth to beat Cleveland.

Rangers 3, Royals 2

At Arlington, Texas, Doug Strange's two-out RBI single brought in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Rangers won their fourth straight game.

Kevin Brown (5-7) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings. He walked four and struck out six.

Tigers 8, Angels 4

At Anaheim, Calif., Mike Moore allowed five hits in seven innings and Travis Fryman and Mickey Tettleton homered, leading the Detroit Tigers past the California Angels.

Moore (7-4) won his third straight game, surviving homers by Chad Curtis and Chili Davis.

Athletics 4, Mariners 3, 10 innings

At Seattle, Stan Javier's two-run single in the 10th inning sent the Oakland Athletics to a victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Despite blowing a save in the ninth, Dennis Eckersley (1-3) earned the win for the A's.