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WILLIAMS BREAKS ROCKIES WITH 39TH, 40TH HOME RUNS

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Matt Williams couldn't quite match the feat of Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. Topping Willie Mays, Johnny Bench, Willie Stargell and Mike Schmidt will have to do.

With his fifth multi-homer game of the season, Williams upped his major league-leading total to 40 and led the San Francisco Giants over the Colorado Rockies 9-4 Sunday."He's hitting the ball all over the place and driving in runs when they're needed," said Barry Bonds, who hit his 32nd homer.

Williams, who drove in five runs and increased his RBI total to 95, is the fastest to 40 homers since Reggie Jackson in 1969. He easily topped the previous NL record of homers through July, shared by Mays, Bench, Stargell and Schmidt. Williams was one short of the big league record shared by Ruth and Foxx.

"It's nice, but the important thing is to contribute to us winning," Williams said in a statement issued by the team after he quickly left the clubhouse.

Williams hit an RBI single in the first, then drove in the go-ahead run with a 415-foot, three-run drive to left in the fourth inning off Mark Thompson (1-1). Williams hit a 420-foot solo homer in the fifth.

"We tried to keep the balls down to Williams and stay ahead on the count," Rockies pitching coach Larry Bearnarth said. "We feel our book on them is good - but the execution of the book is not good."

Darryl Strawberry also homered. Rookie right-hander William VanLandingham (7-1) won his fourth consecutive start.

Prior to the game, the Giants became the first professional sports team in the nation to dedicate a game to the fight against AIDS and raised more than $50,000 in donations.

"A dream has been realized today," Giants managing partner Peter Magowan told the crowd of almost 50,000 people. "People from all walks of life have joined their favorite sports team for a cause much greater than baseball."

Expos 13, Marlins 4

Marquis Grissom went 4-for-5 with a homer and scored after eluding a rundown for Montreal, which completed a three-game sweep.

Sean Berry and Cliff Floyd also homered for the visiting Expos, who have won 11 of 12 and lead Atlanta by 31/2 games in the NL East. Florida concluded an 0-6 homestand, the worst in franchise history.

Pedro Martinez (9-5) allowed two runs in six innings.

Reds 2, Padres 1

Bret Boone hit an RBI groundout with the bases loaded in the 10th at Jack Murphy Stadium, sending Cincinnati to its third straight win. The Reds opened a 21/2-game lead over the Astros in the NL Central.

Newly-acquired Brian Hunter homered for the second straight game.

Jeff Brantley (6-5) struck out four in the the final two innings. Pedro Martinez (3-2) walked five of the nine batters he faced, including three that loaded the bases in the 10th.

Dodgers 7, Astros 1

Tim Wallach drove in two runs and Delino DeShields sparked a four-run sixth inning with an RBI single.

Ramon Martinez (10-7) pitched eight-plus innings despite being stunned by a line drive by James Mouton in the second inning. Greg Swindell (7-8) allowed five runs and six hits over 51/3 innings. Jeff Bagwell hit his 36th homer for the visiting Astros.

Braves 9, Phillies 5

Jeff Blauser had three hits, scored twice and drove in the go-ahead run from a 5-2 deficit.

Atlanta's bullpen, which blew a 2-1 ninth inning lead Saturday when the visiting Phillies scored four runs to win, came through with 52/3 innings of two-hit relief after starter John Smoltz allowed seven hits and all five runs in 31/3 innings.

Mike Bielecki (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Ben Rivera (3-4) was the loser.

Mets 6, Pirates 4

Jeromy Burnitz singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth off Mike Dyer (1-1), who came on to preserve a 4-2 lead but retired only one of eight batters he faced. The visiting Mets have won five of six.

Mauro Gozza (3-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and John Franco got his eighth save in his last nine appearances, his 27th overall.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 7

Frank Castillo, just called up from the minors, won for the first time in a year and a day, getting a six-run lead in the first at St. Louis. The Cardinals have lost six of seven.

Castillo (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 51/3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks. He hadn't won since July 30, 1993, against Los Angeles.

Omar Olivares (2-4) allowed six runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning with three walks.