Facebook Twitter



Greg Maddux pitched five strong innings before leaving with a twisted knee, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied from a three-run deficit against Atlanta's bullpen to defeat the Braves 5-4 Sunday.

Maddux hurt his left knee when he collided with Phillies first baseman Dave Hollins while beating out a bunt single in the third. Maddux wound up scoring during a four-run burst.Despite the injury, Maddux pitched two more innings, allowing a run in the fifth on a double by pitcher Curt Schilling and a single by Lenny Dysktra. The three-time Cy Young winner left after the fifth with a 4-1 lead.

Maddux is not expected to miss his next start Friday against Cincinnati.

Philadelphia won its fourth in a row, including three against Atlanta.

Dodgers 12, Rockies 10

At Denver, Mike Piazza hit two homers and drove in a career-high six runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers survived a shaky start by Hideo Nomo to beat Colorado.

Piazza hit a grand slam in the third inning, and his solo shot in the eighth made it 11-10. He also singled, giving him 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats with 11 RBIs, as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep.

Reds 8, Mets 4

At Cincinnati, Jerome Walton's leadoff homer carried the Cincinnati Reds' newfound momentum into a second day, sparking a victory over the New York Mets.

The Reds improved to 3-8 by winning consecutive games for the first time. Walton's two-run, ninth-inning homer gave the Reds an improbable 13-11 victory on Saturday.

Walton homered on the first pitch of the game from Jason Jacome (0-1). Hal Morris drove in three runs with a bases-loaded single and a triple, and Reggie Sanders and Jeff Branson each had a pair of RBI.

Expos 9, Marlins 3

At Montreal, Darrin Fletcher homered, doubled and scored three times, leading Jeff Fassero and the Montreal Expos past Florida.

Fassero (3-0) gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings. Rookie Mark Grudzielanek had three hits for Montreal, which ended a three-game losing streak.

The Expos got four runs in the fourth against Mark Gardner (0-3) for a 6-3 lead.

Pirates 4, Cubs 3

At Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in danger of starting 0-5 at home for the first time this century, needed two wild pitches, a passed ball and a bad-hop grounder to score the go-ahead run and beat Chicago.

Chicago lost for the first time in five road games and failed to match its best road start since the 1934 Cubs opened 6-0.

Cardinals 6, Astros 5

At St. Louis, Bernard Gilkey drove in three runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Doug Drabek and the Houston Astros.

Jeff Parrett (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 1-3 scoreless innings for his first win in the majors since 1993 with Colorado.

Giants 11, Padres 4

At San Diego, Royce Clayton drove in four runs, John Patterson drove in three and the San Francisco Giants completed a four-game sweep of San Diego.

The Padres lost their seventh in a row. The Giants have won eight of their last 10.

Mark Portugal (1-0) went seven innings and Rod Beck got his third save. Andy Ashby (1-1) was the loser.

American League

Royals 7, White Sox 5

At Chicago, Vince Coleman had a home run, double, stolen base and scored two runs in his first major league game of the season Sunday as the Royals beat the White Sox.

The 33-year-old Coleman, called up from Triple A Omaha on Saturday, went 2-for-4 and walked once batting in the leadoff spot. The outfielder was a free agent in the offseason and decided on the last day of spring training to re-sign with the Royals for $250,000. He made $3 million in 1994.

Brewers 9, Yankees 1

At New York, Kevin Seitzer hit a grand slam and Greg Vaughn had two RBIs for the third straight game to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a victory over the Yankees.

Seitzer's third career grand slam came in the eighth off Jeff Patterson, the fourth Yankees pitcher, after Brian Boehringer had walked the bases full. It was the third grand slam by Milwaukee this season.

Vaughn, who hit his first two homers of the season in the first two games of the series, had RBI singles in the third and fifth innings off New York starter Sterling Hitchcock (0-2).

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 2

At Baltimore, Mike Mussina outpitched David Cone to earn his first victory of the season and Rafael Palmeiro extended his home run streak to three games as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays.

Brady Anderson had three hits, extended his hitting streak to nine games, scored twice and stole his 29th consecutive base - three short of the AL record.

Candy Maldonado hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who dropped two of three in their first road series of the season.

Red Sox 12, Tigers 1

At Detroit, John Valentin went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and Vaughn Eshelman remained unscored upon this season as the Red Sox pounded the Tigers.

Troy O'Leary and Mike Macfarlane both homered in a seven-run sixth inning for the Red Sox, who completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers. Valentin was 7-for-15 in the series with two homers, five RBIs, three doubles and eight runs.