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CLOGGED CENTRAL TIGHTENS AS CUBS, REDS AWAKEN

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Look out, Cardinals and Astros, the rest of the NL Central is catching up.

While St. Louis and Houston have been going back and forth for the division lead, the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs are making their moves.The Reds won for the 18th time in 28 games, beating the Colorado Rockies 9-4 Sunday. The Cubs, who haven't had a winning record since May 5, reached the .500 mark with a 10-8 victory over Houston.

The Cardinals managed to hold on at home, defeating Florida 5-3 when Dennis Eckersley got Gary Sheffield to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the game.

St. Louis leads the Central by one game over Houston. The Reds are 31/2 back and the Cubs trail by five games.

Cubs 10, Astros 8

Jaime Navarro wound up as the winning pitcher at Wrigley Field despite making three errors in the third inning, helping Houston take a 5-0 lead.

Leo Gomez's three-run, pinch-hit double highlighted a six-run rally in the sixth for the Cubs.

Braves 2, Pirates 1

Chipper Jones put a happy ending on what had been a horrible day for him, hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning that won it for Atlanta.

Jones was 0-for-6 in the game before grounding a one-out hit up the middle. Marquis Grissom, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 23 games, singled with one out and Andruw Jones followed with a grounder that second baseman Jeff King misplayed for an error.

Expos 7, Dodgers 3

Mark Leiter won his third straight start and Rondell White had three hits, including his second career grand slam, as visiting Montreal snapped a seven-game losing streak against Los Angeles.

Reds 9, Rockies 4

Kevin Mitchell hit a three-run homer and Joe Oliver had a three-run double as Cincinnati sent Colorado to another road loss.

The Reds moved three games over .500 for the first time since April 15. They beat Colorado three times in a span of 23 hours, 45 minutes, having swept a doubleheader Saturday.

Padres 8, Mets 0

Ken Caminiti, who received intravenous fluids 11/2 hours before the game, hit two home runs and pitcher Joey Hamilton had his first career homer as the teams concluded their three-game series in Monterrey, Mexico.

Caminiti said he was up all Saturday night and vomited several times. Before the game, he was stretched out on the floor of a room outside manager Bruce Bochy's office and given an IV.

Phillies 7, Giants 6

Rookie Wendell Magee Jr., in the game because center fielder Ricky Otero hurt himself diving for an inside-the-park homer, had two hits and drove in two runs for Philadelphia.

Barry Bonds hit his 34th home run of the season for San Francisco.