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METS SNAP STREAK TO SPOIL FLORIDA'S FUN

For the Florida Marlins, it was fun while it lasted.

The Marlins' longest winning streak ever ended at eight games Sunday when Jeff Kent and Rico Brogna hit home runs that gave the New York Mets a 7-3 victory."It's kind of like surfing. When you're riding a big wave, you don't want it to ever end, but we'll just have to pick ourselves up and try to start another one tomorrow," Florida manager Rene Lachemann said.

New York ended a five-game losing skid. Brogna's solo home run put the Mets ahead 2-1 in the fifth. Kent's three-run homer came during a five-run sixth. Brogna and Kent each hit their 13th home runs of the season.

Bobby Jones (7-8), Jerry DiPoto and John Franco combined on a five-hitter. Jones, who had two losses and a no-decision in his last three starts, allowed all three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

"Mr. Jones kind of held us in tow. He shut us down and so did their bullpen," Lachemann said.

Jones retired 13 straight batters at one stretch. In his three previous starts, he gave up 20 earned runs.

"I like the way he went after the hitters," Mets manager Dallas Green said. "Bobby kept the breaking ball down and had complete control of his fastball and used it to challenge the hitters.

"He has to keep the ball down, and the key was finding out why he wasn't. Bobby Jones is a good student of pitching and a good student of Bobby Jones," Green said.

Jones said he'd studied tapes of himself and worked out some problems with pitching coach Greg Pavlik.

"I was staying too far back on the rubber and allowing my arm to stay up," Jones said. "Your arm drags and the ball stays up about four or five inches. When things go wrong, you just have to battle through it."

The Mets led 2-1 when Kelly Stinnett was hit by Rapp's pitch to open the sixth. After Damon Buford singled, second baseman Quilvio Veras made an error on Brett Butler's grounder, allowing Buford to score.

Edgardo Alfonzo followed with an RBI single and Kent homered with two outs.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first when Veras walked, moved up on a single by Alex Arias, stole third and scored on Terry Pendleton's grounder.

The Mets got even in the second on Jose Vizcaino's double and Chris Jones' single.

The Marlins scored twice in the eighth on an RBI single by Steve Decker and a grounder by Jesus Tavarez.

Giants 3, Dodgers 1

At San Francisco, Mark Leiter pitched a five-hitter for his fourth complete game of the year and drove in a run with a groundout as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants, shut out on one hit by Hideo Nomo on Saturday night, scored twice in the first inning against Ismael Valdes.

Leiter (7-6), who allowed a solo homer by Jose Offerman in the fifth, struck out 10 and walked two. Offerman's homer, his fourth, was one of only two hits off Leiter after the third inning.

Padres 16, Rockies 8

At Denver, Archi Cianfrocco homered and tied a career-high with six RBI as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies in a game featuring eight home runs.

Phil Plantier, who tied a career-best with four hits and drove in three runs, Ken Caminiti and Brad Ausmus also homered as the Padres set a season-high for scoring.

Jayhawk Owens homered twice for the Rockies and tied a career-high with four hits. Joe Girardi and Eric Young also connected for Colorado, which had won three in a row.

Reds 6, Phillies 1, 1st

Reds 2, Phillies 1, 2nd

At Cincinnati, Reggie Sanders' bases-loaded single in the 10th inning carried the Cincinnati Reds to a victory and a doubleheader sweep of the slumping Philadelphia Phillies.

The Reds won the first game 6-1 behind Jeff Branson's three-run homer and Pete Schourek's three-hitter. Cincinnati swept the three-game series and its six-game homestand to extend its lead in the NL Central to 61/2 games.

Cincinnati is 27 games over .500 (59-32) for the first time since 1976.

The Phillies have lost eight of nine to fall a season-high 11 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Philadelphia managed just 15 hits and two runs during the three-game series at Riverfront Stadium.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3

At St. Louis, John Mabry faked a bunt, then singled through a drawn-in infield in the 13th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs to avoid a three-game sweep.

Mabry, a rookie, had a career-best four hits for the Cardinals. Ramon Caraballo walked to start the 13th and Bernard Gilkey singled for his third hit before Mabry singled up the middle off Chris Nabholz (0-1).

The Cardinals won for only the second time in 10 games, while the Cubs have won seven of nine and concluded a 4-2 trip. Chicago hasn't swept the Cardinals at Busch Stadium since June 10-12, 1988.

Expos 6, Braves 2

At Montreal, rookie Carlos Perez pitched a seven-hitter and the Montreal Expos stopped a five-game losing streak, beating the Atlanta Braves.

The Expos ended Atlanta's four-game winning string as Mike Lansing's two-run homer capped a five-run first inning against Steve Avery (4-8).

Perez (10-3) improved to 9-1 with a 1.91 ERA at Olympic Stadium. He struck out four and walked two in his second complete game, and also hit an RBI double.

Pirates 6, Astros 3

At Pittsburgh, Jay Bell won a duel of homering shortstops and the Pittsburgh Pirates, usually ineffective against left-handers, stopped Mike Hampton's six-game winning streak by beating the Houston Astros.

Bell and Houston's Orlando Miller homered twice each, but Pirates rookie right-hander Esteban Loaiza (7-5) outpitched Hampton for his first victory in five starts since the All-Star break.

American League

Tigers 6, Yankees 5

At Detroit, Derrick White's bases-loaded infield single with two outs in the 12th inning gave Detroit a victory over the New York Yankees as the Tigers avoided a three-game sweep.

White's hit - his first RBI of the season - came after a hit batter, an error and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out against Dave Eiland (1-1), the last of six Yankee pitchers.

Brewers 3, Orioles 2

At Baltimore, Kevin Seitzer singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a homer by Bobby Bonilla to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

With the score 2-all, Jose Valentin opened the eighth with a single off Kevin Brown (5-7). Fernando Vina sacrificed, and Seitzer blooped a single to right to give the Brewers their second win of the three-game series.

White Sox 5, Indians 1

At Cleveland, Dave Righetti won again in his remarkable rebirth as a starter, beating the Cleveland Indians and giving the Chicago White Sox their first victory in seven games at Jacobs Field.

With a steady wind blowing in from right-center field, the 36-year-old Righetti (3-0) limited baseball's best-hitting team to one run and six hits in five-plus innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Royals 11, Twins 1

At Minneapolis, Mark Gubicza pitched a four-hitter, retiring 21 in a row at one point, to lead the Kansas City Royals to a victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The Royals hit a season-high five home runs and had 15 hits. Gary Gaetti's 23rd and 24th home runs gave him five in six games. He has 12 hits, five homers and 10 RBI in 31 at-bats this season against his former team.