Mets 9, Braves 1
NEW YORK — A night after a 10-run eighth inning vaulted them to an improbable comeback win, Mike Piazza and the New York Mets beat up on the Atlanta Braves from the beginning, sending Greg Maddux to his quickest exit in four years with a 9-1 win Saturday.
Piazza hit a two-run homer that put the Mets ahead 7-0 in a six-run second — all the runs scoring with two outs. He has RBIs in 14 straight games, the second-longest streak in major league history.
CARDINALS 10, ASTROS 9: At St. Louis, Mark McGwire hit his major league-leading 30th home run and Fernando Tatis homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list as St. Louis beat Houston.
Mark Thompson (1-1) pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief to get the win. Joe Slusarski (1-5) took the loss.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, REDS 6: At Phoenix, Ken Griffey Jr. and Pokey Reese left with injuries and reliever Manny Aybar was ejected for hitting Arizona's Tony Womack with a pitch in a tough afternoon for Cincinnati.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 1: At San Francisco, Rich Aurilia went 3-for-4, including a two-run homer, and Kirk Rueter pitched six shutout innings as San Francisco defeated Los Angeles.
Ramon Martinez also hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat their archrivals for the first time at Pacific Bell Park in five tries.
MARLINS 6, EXPOS 5: At Montreal, Ryan Dempster won a true Canada Day pitching matchup and Mark Kotsay had three hits, including a homer, as Florida beat Montreal.
Dempster (9-4), a native of Schelt, British Columbia, bested Edmonton's Mike Johnson (3-3) in a rare matchup of Canadian starters on the country's 133rd birthday.
PHILLIES 4, PIRATES 3: At Philadelphia, Paul Byrd pitched seven strong innings for his first win in almost two months as Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh.
Byrd (2-6), an All-Star last season, allowed five hits — all for extra-bases — and three runs, struck out five and walked one in his first win since May 3.
BREWERS 4, CUBS 0: At Milwaukee, Jeff D'Amico came off the disabled list to dominate Chicago, allowing two hits over eight innings in Milwaukee's victory.
D'Amico (3-4), who had been on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his pitching arm, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Eric Young broke up the no-hit bid with a solid one-out single to right.
PADRES 5, ROCKIES 3: At San Diego, Bret Boone and Ryan Klesko homered and San Diego benefited from Rolando Arrojo's wildness as the Padres beat Colorado to end the Rockies' three-game winning streak.