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Reds 4, Astros 0

HOUSTON — Pete Harnisch pitched a four-hitter for his second straight complete game, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the Houston Astros 4-0 Wednesday night.

Barry Larkin hit a solo homer to fuel a three-run sixth inning, then tripled in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ken Griffey Jr.

Earlier this week, Larkin said the Reds told him they can't afford his asking price and will either trade him or watch him become a free agent.

Harnisch (3-5) was 4-0 last season against the Astros, one of his former teams. He struck out four and walked two in his 11th career shutout.

Chris Holt (4-11) fell to 1-5 in eight starts against the Reds.

METS 5, EXPOS 3: At Montreal, pinch-hitter Joe McEwing delivered a two-run single and scored on Derek Bell's single as the New York Mets rallied in the eighth inning to beat the Montreal Expos.

The Mets won their third in a row. Montreal has lost four straight and eight of nine.

Jay Payton and Benny Agbayani singled off reliever Steve Kline (1-3) to lead off the Mets eighth.

Melvin Mora sacrificed, and McEwing hit a soft single to center for a 4-3 lead. Bell added a single for a two-run lead.

Pat Mahomes (4-1) won in relief. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.

BREWERS 6, PIRATES 0: At Milwaukee, Jeff D'Amico pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years, winning his fourth consecutive start as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates.

PADRES 4, GIANTS 3, 10 INNINGS: At San Francisco, Ryan Klesko drove in three runs, including the game-winner in the 10th inning.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, CARDINALS 3: At Phoenix, Erubiel Durazo hit a two-run double and the Arizona bullpen pitched four scoreless innings as the Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

DODGERS 9, ROCKIES 1: At Los Angeles, Kevin Brown allowed just one hit in eight innings and Dave Hansen hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies.

Brown (9-3), showing no ill effects from the tightness in his pitching shoulder that caused him to be removed from his last start, allowed only a first-inning single by Larry Walker before retiring 23 of the last 24 batters he faced — including the final 14.

CUBS 5, PHILLIES 4: At Chicago, Sammy Sosa tied the game with an eighth-inning homer and Brant Brown won it in the ninth by scoring on a wild pitch as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sosa's homer, his 29th, made it 3-all. Damon Buford, who went 4-for-4, followed two outs later with his 13th homer to put Chicago up 4-3.