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EXPOS EXPLODE AGAIN BUT CAN’T GAIN ON BRAVES

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The Montreal Expos are 12-2 in June, yet they've gained only 11/2 games in the standings over those last 15 days. Atlanta's 11-2 over the same span and still holds a two-game lead in the NL East.

Montreal completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 13-2 win Wednesday. They won the first two games 10-2 and 12-7.The Expos had 15 hits and Ken Hill (10-3) became the second 10-game winner in the NL. Darrin Fletcher had four RBIs.

Braves 4, Rockies 0

At Atlanta, Dave Justice had two solo homers and three RBIs, and John Smoltz won his third straight.

Justice raised his career average vs. Colorado to .417 (30-for-72). Smoltz (5-6) allowed four hits and struck out seven in 71/3 innings.

Mets 1, Phillies 0

At New York, John Franco tied Dave Righetti for most (252) saves by a left-handed relief pitcher. Todd Hundley drove in the only run on a sixth-inning single.

Reds 4, Dodgers 2

At Los Angeles, Hal Morris drove in the tying and go-ahead runs, and John Roper pitched seven strong innings. Roper (3-0) finally beat a team other than Colorado, loser in all four Roper wins in 21 big-league starts.

Astros 7, Giants 2

At San Francisco, Luis Gonzalez drove in three runs and Doug Drabek (9-3) scattered eight hits in his league-leading fifth complete game. Luis Gonzalez drove in three runs, Ken Caminiti had two RBIs and Houston had 12 hits.

Cubs 5, Padres 0

At San Diego, rookie Steve Trachsel (5-4) got his first victory in more than a month, combining with three relievers on a seven-hit shutout. The Padres scored four runs - three unearned - in the eighth/ninth.

Marlins 13, Cardinals 3

At St. Louis, Greg Colbrunn drove in four runs and Jeff Conine went 4-for-6 with three RBIs. The Marlins had team records with eight doubles, 22 hits and 10 extra-base hits. Every Marlin starter had a hit by the third.

American League

Cleveland 4, Toronto 3, 13 inn.

Jim Thome hit a solo home run with one out in the 13th inning as the Indians beat the Jays for their 14th straight win at their home Jacobs Field. The Indians' string at Jacobs Field is the longest home-winning streak in the majors since Boston won 24 in a row at Fenway Park in 1988.

Cleveland overcame a 3-0 deficit in the eighth.

Twins 7, Red Sox 5

Kent Hrbek and Shane Mack homered as Minnesota won its seventh in a row and sent Boston to its seventh straight loss. The Red Sox have dropped nine consecutive games at Fenway Park. Hrbek hit a two-run shot in the first inning, and Mack's solo drive capped a three-run third.

Mariners 5, Rangers 2

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his major league-leading 29th home run to stoke Seattle. Randy Johnson (8-3) struck out 12 in his sixth consecutive victory.

Orioles 8, Yankees 4

Chris Hoiles hit a sacrifice fly that put Baltimore ahead during a five-run rally in the eighth at Camden Yard, its seventh win in 10 games. Hoiles had two hits and two RBIs. Chris Sabo homered.

Athletics 7, White Sox 5

Ruben Sierra hit a three-run homer as Oakland rallied for four runs in the ninth to win at Chicago. Sierra had five RBIs in the game.

Rickey Henderson singled with one out for his fourth hit, Stan Javier walked and Brent Gates hit an RBI single. Sierra followed with his 16th homer.

Royals 4, Angels 3

Jose Lind hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth inning as Kansas City won at home. Hubie Brooks opened the Royals ninth with a single. Wally Joyner singled, and Lind hit his winning fly ball.

Brewers 11, Tigers 7

Greg Vaughn homered and later hit an RBI that sparked a seven-run sixth inning that sent Milwaukee over Detroit. Dave Nilsson went 4-for-4, his fourth four-hit game of the season for the host Brewers.

Cecil Fielder and Junior Felix homered for the Tigers. Detroit has connected in 21 straight games, four short of the major-league record set by the 1941 Yankees.