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No homers: McGwire, Sosa both go 0-for-4

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Mark McGwire was 0-for-4 in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night, striking out four times and getting hit by a pitch.

McGwire, who struck out four times in a game for the first time this season, has 64 homers, one ahead of Chicago's Sammy Sosa. McGwire has left the plate without making contact 311 times this season: an NL-record 156 walks, 149 strikeouts and six times when he was hit by a pitch.McGwire was plunked in the ribs by Steve Woodard (10-12) in the first, right after Brian Jordan hit his 24th homer.

REDS 7, CUBS 2: At Chicago, Sammy Sosa was 0-for-4 to remain a homer behind Mark McGwire in the chase for the single-season record as Cincinnati beat Chicago.

The loss dropped the Cubs into a tie for the NL wild-card lead with the New York Mets, 4-3 winners over Florida.

Sosa, stuck on 63 homers, struck out three times and grounded into a double play to end the game.

METS 4, MARLINS 3: At New York, John Franco, who blew a save Friday night, struck out Mike Redmond on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded as New York held off Florida.

Mark Kotsay's two-run homer in the seventh had pulled the Marlins within a run and chased Masato Yoshii (6-8). Turk Wendell worked 12/3 innings, and Franco pitched the ninth for his 38th save.

GIANTS 18, DODGERS 4: At San Francisco, Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent hit grand slams as San Francisco beat Los Angeles to move within three games of the leaders in the NL wild-card race.

Mueller's first career slam capped a seven-run third inning. Kent's seventh career slam, his second of the season, completed a six-run fourth. He tied his career high set last season with his 29th homer.

PHILLIES 4, EXPOS 3: At Philadelphia, Kevin Sefcik hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to push Philadelphia past Montreal.

Curt Schilling (15-14) allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked two in his major league-leading 15th complete game. He struck out the side in the ninth to increase his strikeout total to 293, the best in the NL.

PIRATES 7, ASTROS 1: At Pittsburgh, Jose Guillen hit a three-run homer and doubled in two more runs as Pittsburgh beat Houston to end a seven-game losing streak against the Astros.

Guillen doubled off Jose Lima (15-8) in fourth inning, and hit his 14th home run in the fifth. He has 20 RBIs in 15 games and 83 for the season.

BRAVES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 0: At Phoenix, Tom Glavine became the first 20-game winner in the major leagues this season and the Atlanta Braves became the first team in two decades to win 100 games in consecutive seasons, beating Arizona.

Glavine (20-6) pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk to reach 20 wins for the fourth time in his 11-season career.

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 1: At San Diego, Tony Gwynn drove in two runs and Matt Clement pitch 52/3 innings for his first major league victory as San Diego beat Colorado.

Gwynn had an RBI single in the third inning, and broke a tie in the fifth with a two-out double off John Thompson (8-11).


ROYALS 7, INDIANS 6: At Cleveland, Manny Ramirez hit his 44th and 45th homers, but the Cleveland bullpen failed to hold a six-run lead as the Indilost to to the Kansas City Royals.

Ramirez's homers gave him a major league-record eight in five games, tying the mark reached twice by Washington's Frank Howard in 1968.

WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 2: At Chicago, Mike Cameron hit a three-run homer as Chicago beat Boston despite getting only five hits.

Pedro Martinez (18-7) lost his third straight start, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with three walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 3: At Baltimore, Orioles rookie Sidney Ponson ruined New York star David Cone's second try at his 20th victory.

Ponson (8-8) allowed six hits in 71/3 scoreless innings, walking two and striking out five.

TIGERS 8, TWINS 7 (10 innings): At Detroit, Damion Easley hit a game-winning homer for the second time in three days, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, as Detroit won its third straight.

Easley followed Tony Clark's leadoff single with his 26th homer off Rick Aguilera (3-9). Easley went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored.

DEVIL RAYS 7, BLUE JAYS 5: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Bubba Trammell hit a pinch three-run homer during a four-run eighth inning as Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

The Blue Jays remained five games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race.

ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 4: At Arlington, Texas, Oakland stopped the Rangers' four-game winning streak, overcoming Juan Gonzalez's 300th career homer.

Ben Grieve went 3-for-4 and Matt Stairs drove in two runs as the A's beat the AL West leader and stopped their five-game losing streak.

ANGELS 5, MARINERS 3: At Anaheim, Calif., with Jack McDowell dominating Seattle once again, Anaheim rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Mariners and move within a game of the AL West lead.

Anaheim broke a 3-all tie in the sixth on Matt Walbeck's RBI single.