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SNICKERS, SNICKERS . . . CAMINITI GETS LAST LAUGH

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Left-handed, right-handed, it doesn't matter lately. Because as long as Ken Caminiti gets his Snickers bar, he snacks on opposing pitchers.

Caminiti homered from both sides of the plate Wednesday night, leading the San Diego Padres past the Montreal Expos 7-2.Caminiti hit his 12th home run in August, breaking the Padres record for most homers in a month held by Nate Colbert. He also set an NL mark for most home runs in a month by a switch-hitter.

His secret? A tasty treat.

Last Sunday, after being treated for dehydration before a game in Mexico, he yelled from third base to the dugout, telling his teammates to get him a Snickers bar. Caminiti hit two homers that day, and a trend started.

"I'm making sure I eat one a day before the game," he said. "I don't know if they have anything to do with it, but they're good and I'm having fun with it."

Padres fans have picked up on Caminiti's penchant for Snickers bars.

"They've been throwing them and dropping them off and leaving them in the bullpen, saying `Give those to Cammy.' We've got a ton of them in there," he said inside the locker room.

Rockies 10, Cardinals 2

Andy Benes' 10-game winning streak came to a sudden halt when Colorado jolted him for seven runs and 13 hits in just 22/3 innings at Coors Field.

Phillies 6, Dodgers 0

Curt Schilling dominated at Dodger Stadium, tying a career high with 12 strikeouts and pitching a two-hitter.

Giants 12, Mets 11

Jay Canizaro's grand slam capped a seven-run first inning, and host San Francisco built a 9-0 lead before hanging on.

Braves 4, Reds 3

Atlanta won its sixth in a row when pinch-hitter Luis Polonia lofted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Pirates 5, Astros 2

Jeff King tied his career high with four hits and Pittsburgh stopped its eight-game road losing streak.

Cubs 8, Marlins 3

Scott Bullett, playing in place of injured Sammy Sosa, homered and drove in three runs as Chicago beat Florida at Wrigley Field. The Cubs went over the .500 mark for the first time since May 5.

Sosa, who had 40 home runs and 100 RBIs, is probably out for the rest of the season with a broken right hand. Bullett started in right field and scored three runs and stole a base.

American League

Orioles 10, Mariners 5

Alex Rodriguez is considered the best shortstop since Cal Ripken. However, Ripken is still around, and he won't sit idly watching this youngster who has become the best hitting shortstop in the American League.

The 21-year-old Rodriguez reached two milestones with his 30th and 31st home runs for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

But Ripken, who turns 36 on Saturday, made sure he went home with the victory, going 4-for-5 with a homer.

"I think maybe he just wants to show the upstart kid that he still has something left," Baltimore manager Davey Johnson said. "It's the master showing the pupil."

Ripken led off the bottom of the fifth inning with his 21st homer to put Baltimore ahead for good, 6-5.

The Orioles won for the 16th time in 22 games and pulled within five games of the New York Yankees in the East. Baltimore trails Chicago by a half-game in the wild-card derby.

The Mariners lost for the 13th time in 18 games.

Rodriguez, who also doubled and drove in four runs, became the fifth-youngest player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs in a season.

Rodriguez is only the fifth shortstop to hit at least 30 homers in a season, the first since Ripken hit 34 in 1991.

Rangers 10, Indians 8

Rusty Greer hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning off Julian Tavarez (4-7) as Texas beat Cleveland after falling behind by five runs.

Angels 7, Yankees 1

Jason Dickson won after giving up a home run to Derek Jeter on his first pitch in the major leagues, receiving support from Chili Davis' pair of two-run homers - from both sides of the plate at Yankee Stadium.

Tigers 7, White Sox 4

Brad Ausmus broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run homer as Detroit beat Chicago for the second straight time at Tiger Stadium after losing the previous eight to the White Sox.

Brewers 10, Twins 7

John Jaha's three-run homer off Dave Stevens (1-3) at the Metrodome keyed a five-run eighth-inning rally as Milwaukee rebounded from a 5-2 deficit.

Minnesota's Paul Molitor went 2-for-4 and is 36 hits shy of 3,000 with 36 games to play.

Red Sox 6, Athletics 4

Mike Stanley hit a two-run single to break an eighth-inning tie at Fenway Park as Boston won for the 16th time in 21 games.

Blue Jays 6, Royals 2

Juan Guzman (10-8) pitched a six-hitter and won for the first time since July 16, and lowered his league-leading ERA from 3.10 to 2.99.