Los Angeles All-Star catcher Mike Piazza, returning to action after missing two games with a knee injury, homered after being a late addition to the starting lineup Friday night as the Dodgers beat the New York Mets 10-3.
Roger Cedeno had a career-high five hits, all singles, and drove in one run. The Dodgers collected a season-high 16 hits.Eric Karros hit a three-run homer and Mike Blowers added a two-run shot to help Ramon Martinez (4-0) win his 10th straight decision dating to last season.
Piazza, who injured his knee while making a slide during Tuesday night's game in Philadelphia, hit his 14th homer to open the third inning off Bobby Jones (5-2) to put the Dodgers ahead 4-0.
Braves 9, Reds 1
At Cincinnati, Atlanta hit six solo homers - two apiece by Fred McGriff and Eddie Perez - and underscored its domination of the Reds.
Jermaine Dye and Jeff Blauser also homered and Steve Avery doubled with the bases loaded, sending the Braves to their 10th victory in 12 games.
Expos 7, Giants 4
At Montreal, Henry Rodriguez hit his NL-leading 20th home run to highlight a four-run seventh-inning rally.
Sherman Obando drove in the go-ahead run with single in the seventh and Cliff Floyd drew a bases-loaded walk to help give Montreal just its third win in 11 games.
Rodriguez added an RBI double in the eighth to raise his NL-leading RBI total to 56.
Cubs 2, Marlins 1
At Miami, Jaime Navarro pitched a seven-hitter and Scott Servais doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Chicago halted a six-game losing streak.
Navarro (3-6) earned his first win in five starts by striking out four and walking four. The Marlins loaded the bases in the ninth but Navarro got Edgar Renteria to line to Brian McRae in center for the final out.
Cardinals 6, Astros 4
At St. Louis, Luis Alicea hit his second three-run homer in two games, breaking a seventh-inning tie.
The Cardinals won for the seventh time in 10 games. Last week, they swept a three-game series at the Astrodome.
Pirates 8, Rockies 4
At Pittsburgh, Denny Neagle won his seventh game in eight starts despite giving up two homers, and Orlando Merced homered.
Neagle (7-2), the Pirates' only above-.500 pitcher, allowed five hits and struck out seven in 72/3 innings to improve to 18-6 in 32 pre-All-Star starts in the last two seasons.
Padres 4, Phillies 2
At Philadelphia, Andy Ashby pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, and Tony Gwynn and Archi Cianfrocco each drove in two runs.
Ashby (7-2) allowed two unearned runs, struck out eight and walked five. He retired his last 11 batters before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth.