Greg Maddux won for the first time in three weeks and Jermaine Dye, subbing for injured David Justice, homered in his first major league at-bat Friday night, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2.
Maddux (5-3), seeking his fifth straight NL Cy Young Award, had two losses and a no-decision in his last three starts. He allowed 10 hits, including one in each of his seven innings as the Braves for the 10th time in 12 games.Marquis Grissom hit a three-run triple that keyed a five-run second inning. He fouled off eight pitches from John Smiley (3-4) before the hit.
Dye became the 71st player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat, and the first Braves player to do it since Chuck Tanner with Milwaukee on April 12, 1955.
Astros 4, Pirates 2
At Houston, pinch-hitter Derrick May hit a two-run homer and Brian Hunter followed with a solo shot in the eighth inning as Houston rallied for the victory.
Ricky Gutierrez tripled to start the eighth off Zane Smith. Jon Lieber (0-1) relieved and May homered on a full count for a 3-2 lead. Hunter added an insurance run with a home run to left.
Shane Reynolds (6-2) pitched eight innings, striking seven and walking one, and Todd Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.
Cubs 3, Marlins 1
At Chicago, Jim Bullinger allowed four hits over eight innings and Ryne Sandberg hit a two-run homer to beat Florida and Al Leiter.
Leiter (6-3), who pitched a no-hitter last Saturday against Colorado, allowed just two hits and two walks in seven innings. But he gave up Sandberg's ninth home run of the season with one on in the sixth.
Bullinger (3-3), who blanked the New York Mets on two hits in his last start, struck out six and walked two. He walked Gary Sheffield to lead off the ninth, bringing on reliever Turk Wendell, who got his third save despite giving up Charles Johnson's run-scoring single.
Dodgers 6, Phillies 3
At Los Angeles, Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi homered in the fourth inning, leading Hideo Nomo and the Dodgers for their fourth straight victory.
The combination of Piazza, Mondesi and Nomo, the last three NL rookies of the year, helped send rookie Mike Grace to his first loss of the season. Grace (6-1) allowed five runs and six hits in 42/3 innings.
Rockies 12, Carinals 11
At Denver, pinch-hitter Pedro Castellano lined an RBI single in the eighth inning Friday night, lifting Colorado Rockies in a typical Coors Field slugfest.
Padres 2, Expos 1
At San Diego, Brian Johnson homered with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Montreal Expos in a meeting of division leaders.