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THOBE CAN'T ATONE ERRORS; ATLANTA FALLS

Tom Thobe never thought he'd get a chance to atone for his errors.

Yet there the Atlanta rookie pitcher was, standing in a major league batter's box for the first time in the 15th inning Sunday.Braves manager Bobby Cox had used all his position players, so it was up to Thobe. Admittedly nervous with the tying run at second base - courtesy of a two-out intentional walk to Fred McGriff - Thobe forget to check for a sign from third base coach Jimy Williams.

After swinging wildly when he was supposed to take the first pitch, Thobe grounded out to end the game, giving the San Diego Padres a 2-1 win over the Braves.

"Bobby told me we didn't have any pitchers left, that I'd have to bat," Thobe said. "I lost concentration, got a little carried away. I forgot to look at Jimy to see if he had any signs. I dug myself a hole."

Thobe (0-1) put himself in trouble in the 15th. Rickey Henderson, unable to start because of a rib injury, led off with a single and Luis Lopez reached on Thobe's throwing error.

Brad Ausmus hit a grounder to McGriff, who looked toward second for a force and then tossed to Thobe covering first. Thobe caught the ball, but missed the bag.

Pitcher Sean Bergman, used as a pinch-hitter, struck out, but Steve Finley hit a sacrifice fly.

Fernando Valenzuela pitched two-hit ball for six innings for the Padres, striking out seven and walking none. Braves starter Steve Avery gave up eight hits in eight innings.

Expos 9, Pirates 4

David Segui enjoyed another big game, hitting a grand slam and going 4-for-5 as Montreal capped a three-game sweep at Olympic Stadium.

Segui gave the Expos grand slams on consecutive days for the first time in their 28-year history. Darrin Fletcher connected Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Giants 7, Cubs 6

On a weekend full of wind-blown homers at Wrigley Field, San Francisco scored the decisive run on a suicide-squeeze bunt.

Mark Carreon hit a three-run homer and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on Steve Scarsone's squeeze. There were 15 home runs in the three-game series, though Carreon was the only player who connected Sunday. Mark Grace, however, hit three doubles for Chicago.

Astros 7, Reds 5

Derek Bell broke a 4-all tie with a three-run homer in the eighth inning at the Astrodome.

Bell homered with two outs off Jeff Brantley. Derrick May homered earlier in the game for Houston.

Phillies 4, Cardinals 2

Philadelphia, coming off consecutive 1-0 losses for the first time in 20 years, scored four times in the first three innings against St. Louis. Mike Lieberthal homered and had a sacrifice fly at Veterans Stadium.

Rockies 6, Mets 4

Lance Johnson hit a two-run triple that put New York ahead in the eighth, then made a double-error in the ninth that let Colorado win at Shea Stadium.

The Rockies were 1-66 when trailing after eight innings in two seasons until the comeback. The rally denied the Mets their first two-game winning streak of the year.

Marlins 5, Dodgers 4

Gary Sheffield, who got Florida's first hit of the game in the sixth inning, hit a three-run homer in the seventh as the Marlins rallied at home to sweep the three-game series.

American League

Rangers 9, Orioles 6

The Texas Rangers couldn't be hotter.

They didn't just sweep a three-game series from Baltimore. They routed Orioles pitchers day after day after day, outscoring Baltimore 43-16.

"You can always find something to get better on, but if a manager had to sit down and write a script, this would probably follow pretty much to form," said Texas manager Johnny Oates.

Dean Palmer hit a grand slam and a two-run homer, helping Texas to a club-best 13-4 start.

Brady Anderson led off the Baltimore first with a homer for the fourth straight game, giving him a total of eight. But David Wells (2-1) gave up Palmer's fifth career slam in the third. Palmer tripled in the sixth and homered in the seventh.

Yankees 9, Twins 5

Kenny Rogers, finally getting a chance to pitch for his new team, held Minnesota hitless until the sixth inning at the Metrodome.

Rogers (1-0) allowed only an infield hit, worked around five walks and did not give up a run in 51/3 innings of his Yankees debut.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 5

Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez twice hit consecutive home runs at the Kingdome, and Randy Johnson (4-0) gave up four runs - one unearned - in five innings and struck out six.

Indians 11, Red Sox 7

Carlos Baerga drove in five runs, matching his career high, and Manny Ramirez homered twice at Jacobs Field as Cleveland won for the eighth time in nine games.

Brewers 5, Royals 4

Jeff Cirillo singled in the go-ahead run and pinch-hitter Jessie Levis had a two-run single as visiting Milwaukee rallied for four runs in the eighth and won its seventh straight.

Athletics 6, White Sox 5

Pinch-hitter Pedro Munoz doubled home the go-ahead run in the seventh as Oakland stopped a four-game losing streak.

Frank Thomas, Chris Snopek and Ron Karkovice homered for the visiting White Sox, who had won three straight.

Angels 6, Detroit 5

Garret Anderson's RBI triple capped California's four-run eighth inning that sent the Angels to their fifth straight win.

Detroit starter Greg Gohr took a 5-2 lead and a three-hitter into the eighth before the Angels rallied at home to hand the Tigers their fifth consecutive loss.