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Greg Colbrunn and Kurt Abbott have added some punch to the Florida Marlins' lineup.

Colbrunn hit a three-run homer following an intentional walk and Abbott homered for the fourth consecutive game Friday night to help the Marlins beat the New York Mets, 6-5.Dave Weathers (7-5) pitched seven-plus innings as Florida won its fourth consecutive game to climb back over the .500 mark.

Pete Smith (3-7) intentionally walked Jeff Conine with a runner on second and two out in the third inning. Colbrunn followed with his second homer to give Florida a 5-2 lead.

Abbott hit a solo home run in the second to make the score 2-2 and set a team record by homering in his fourth game in a row. The rookie now has seven homers.

Phillies 10, Expos 8

At Montreal, Pete Incaviglia's single drove in the go-ahead run and Darren Daulton followed with a two-run double as the Philadelphia Phillies scored six runs in the eighth inning for a victory over the Montreal Expos.

Paul Quantrill (2-0) pitched two innings for the win, and Doug Jones got the final four outs - striking out the side in the ninth.

Braves 6, Reds 5

At Atlanta, Jeff Blauser hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Atlanta Braves to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Braves' fourth straight win was also the 1,000th for Atlanta manager Bobby Cox.

Blauser had four hits and three RBIs and Roberto Kelly had three hits for the Braves.

The game was the first between the Braves and Reds since the May 29 trade that sent Kelly to Atlanta for Deion Sanders. Kelly had two doubles, an RBI and scored twice. Sanders went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and scored a run.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 4

At St. Louis, rookie Jon Lieber pitched eight effective innings and Al Martin went 4-for-5 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lieber (3-2) gave up three runs and scattered nine hits in his seventh major league start. Rookie Ravelo Manzanillo gave up a sacrifice fly in the ninth but Alejandro Pena got the final out for his third save.

The Cardinals have lost four straight games.

Giants 6, Cubs 1

At San Francisco, Bill Swift gave up eight hits but was bailed out by three double plays Friday night, and Royce Clayton went 3-for-4 and scored twice to lead the San Francisco Giants to victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Swift (8-4), winning his fifth game in six decisions, walked four and struck out four in eight innings.

Rockies 13, Dodgers 5

At Los Angeles, Andres Galarraga and Charlie Hayes each hit two-run homers and Dante Bichette drove in four runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Galarraga and Bichette each had three hits to help the Rockies snap their three-game losing streak and brought Colorado within four games of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

Mike Piazza hit his 14th homer in the fifth inning for the Dodgers.

Padres 3, Astros 2

At San Diego, Eddie Williams hit his first big-league homer in nearly four years and Andy Benes pitched eight strong innings for the Padres.