Those who thought David Justice's injury would sidetrack the Atlanta Braves have been wrong thus far.
Chipper Jones and rookie Tyler Houston both drove in five runs Monday night as the Braves scored their most runs in more than two years, routing the Chicago Cubs 18-1."Some of the other guys have stepped up and are really swinging the bat," Jones said.
Jones went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer. Houston replaced Fred McGriff in the fifth inning and hit a three-run homer in the sixth, his first major league home run. He added a two-run single in the seventh.
"On the bench, I root for games like this," said Houston, who had been limited to a pinch-hitting role. "I know, at least, I'll get in for a few innings."
Justice separated a shoulder last week and is out of the rest of the season. Atlanta, which had 17 hits and raised its batting average to .280, has won four straight since then to run its hot streak to 13 of 15.
"Everything fell in tonight," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "The hard hit balls dropped in. The flares fell in and the head-knockers went through. Everything just found a hole."
At Atlanta, Steve Avery (5-3) allowed five hits and struck out six in six innings.
Giants 9, Expos 6
Mike Dyer (3-1) walked Tom Lampkin with the bases loaded, forcing in the go-ahead run as San Francisco rallied with a five-run eighth.
Visiting Montreal, which lost starting pitcher Jose Paniagua after Matt Williams' liner hit his right wrist in the second inning, led 5-0 in the fourth and 6-4 in the eighth. After Lampkin's walk, pinch-hitter Mark Carreon hit a two-run single.
Mets 7, Dodgers 1
Rico Brogna homered at Dodger Stadium and matched his season high with four RBIs.
Marlins 5, Reds 3
Craig Grebeck drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single as visiting Florida won for the 12th time in 14 games. Cincinnati has lost six straight and 15 of 22.
Rockies 10, Pirates 7
Eric Young homered and added an RBI single as Colorado stretched its winning streak to a season-high five games.
Cardinals 5, Astros 3
Donovan Osborne (3-2) scattered eight hits at the Astrodome for his first complete game since June 9, 1993, and Ray Lankford broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single that put St. Louis ahead to stay.
Red Sox 16, A's 4
For all the complaints there may have been in Boston as the mercury soared to a record 91 degrees, there were just as many happy Red Sox.
Monday's unlikely mid-May heat wave was cited as good a reason as any for the Red Sox coming up with a second straight big number against the Oakland Athletics.
"You can come to the ballpark loose on a day like this," said Jose Canseco, whose two two-run homers in the 16-4 victory gave him his first multi-homer game in a Red Sox uniform. "I'm a Floridian. I love this weather. June and July have been my most explosive months. When the weather gets hot, I feel pretty good up there."
So did a lot of other Boston hitters.
Wil Cordero had a bases-loaded double in Boston's seven-run third, its biggest inning of the season. Bill Haselman had a homer in his first four-hit game and Mo Vaughn tied Cleveland's Albert Belle for the league lead with his 17th homer of the season. The Red Sox had nine extra-base hits in a 21-hit attack. It was the most hits for Boston since getting 22 in Milwaukee on July 2, 1991.
Orioles 13, Angels 1
Roberto Alomar and Bobby Bonilla both homered and drove in four runs for the Orioles, who have won eight of 10. Brady Anderson also homered for Baltimore, which had 17 hits.
Brewers 3, Twins 2
The Brewers swept the four-game series at the Metrodome as Ricky Bones allowed one earned run over seven-plus innings and Chuckie Carr drove in two runs.
Royals 5, Blue Jays 4
Chris Haney won his third straight and again stopped a Royals losing streak.