For so many years, the San Diego Padres' offense consisted of Tony Gwynn and not much else.
This season, though, the Padres brought in Wally Joyner and Rickey Henderson to help their six-time NL batting champion, and it's working.Joyner homered twice and drove in five runs Wednesday night, and the NL West-leading Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.
Joyner, a few weeks shy of his 34th birthday, is batting .335 in his first year in a new league. At this rate, he could make the All-Star team for the first time since his rookie season of 1986 when he played for California.
The Padres led 3-2 in the eighth when Gwynn singled and Joyer hit his fifth home run of the season. It was Joyner's eighth multihomer game in the majors.
"I think we have the confidence to know that if our pitching staff can keep us in the game, we can win the ballgame," Joyner said.
Rockies 6, Pirates 3
Larry Walker set an NL record - and tied the major league mark - with seven straight extra-base hits, a streak that was still alive going into Colorado's game today against Cincinnati.
Walker doubled, tripled twice and walked in his final at-bat as the Rockies beat Pittsburgh for their ninth consecutive win at Coors Field. He had a double, triple and home run in his last three trips Tuesday night.
Mets 3, Dodgers 2
New York got three runs before Hideo Nomo retired a batter, then held on as Los Angeles scored twice in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Braves 9, Cubs 4
Chipper Jones hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career and Ryan Klesko hit a three-run homer as Atlanta won at home.
Expos 4, Giants 3
Pedro Martinez kept Montreal close with his pitching, then helped put the Expos ahead when he drew a walk in the seventh inning.
Reds 4, Marlins 1
Bret Boone ended a day of frustration with a tie-breaking, two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning for Cincinnati.
Cardinals 5, Astros 2
Rookie Alan Benes took a shutout into the ninth inning at the Astrodome before needing relief help, and St. Louis completed its first three-game sweep of Houston since 1987.
A's 5, Yankees 1
Geronimo Berroa, who has made life miserable for the New York Yankees the past three seasons, saved a special effort for his latest meeting with the Bronx Bombers.
Berroa hit three solo homers Wednesday night in Oakland's 5-1 victory in New York. Add those to the six he hit against New York last season and three in 1994, and Berroa has 12 homers in 26 games against the Yankees.
Brewers 10, Indians 8
Albert Belle's hitting streak was in jeopardy at 21 games when he came to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning. So was Milwaukee's lead.
But Mike Fetters threw a called third strike past Belle with two runners on base at Cleveland.
Mariners 6, Red Sox 1
Even though Ken Griffey and Jay Buhner did not connect, the Seattle Mariners showed why they lead the AL with 78 home runs. Russ Davis and Darren Bragg each homered during a five-run fifth inning in Boston.
Orioles 10, Angels 5
Roberto Alomar raised his batting average to .400, going 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in Baltimore.
White Sox 2, Blue Jays 1
Lyle Mouton, who has only 54 at-bats this season, hit a hanging slider off Toronto closer Mike Timlin in the bottom of the 11th for a two-run triple at Chicago.
Rangers 6, Twins 5
Dean Palmer and Warren Newson hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning as Texas rallied from a two-run deficit, then held on in Minneapolis.
Royals 6, Tigers 4
Joe Vitiello hit two home runs for Kansas City, sending Detroit to its eighth straight loss.