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Cincy scores again, ties no-shutout mark

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NEW YORK — The Cincinnati Reds tied the modern NL record by playing their 174th straight game without being shut out, riding Pokey Reese's three-run homer and nifty fielding to beat the New York Mets 3-2 Friday night.

The Reds will try to break the 1992-93 Philadelphia Phillies' mark for avoiding shutouts on Saturday when they face Al Leiter. It was Leiter who last blanked Cincinnati, doing it Oct. 4, 1999, in a wild card playoff.

Reese broke a scoreless tie when he homered in the fifth off Steve Trachsel (0-2). Osvaldo Fernandez (2-1) pitched six innings for the win.

Down by a run, the Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but couldn't score. Danny Graves got four outs for the save.

CUBS 4, PIRATES 2: Jason Bere pitched six solid innings and Ricky Gutierrez hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago.

Bere (2-0) allowed one run and four hits, and struck out eight in his second start of the season. Jeff Fassero pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities.

MARLINS 9, EXPOS 3: Ryan Dempster pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Mike Lowell homered and had four RBIs to lead Florida.

Dempster (2-0) held the Expos without a hit through four innings and improved his record at Olympic Stadium to 4-0 in five career starts. He allowed five hits and three runs.

BRAVES 4, PHILLIES 2: Tom Glavine pitched six strong innings, Wes Helms hit a two-run homer and Atlanta defeated Philadelphia.

Glavine (1-1) rebounded from a rough outing at Florida — he gave up three homers in five innings — to beat the Phillies, early leaders in the NL East. John Rocker pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

GIANTS 7, BREWERS 3: Kirk Rueter pitched six strong innings and Barry Bonds hit his 497th career homer to lead San Francisco.

Rueter (2-0) allowed three runs and three hits to improve to 6-1 lifetime with a 2.05 ERA against the Brewers. Milwaukee didn't get a hit after the second inning against Rueter and two relievers.

ASTROS 4, CARDINALS 2: Craig Biggio hit a tiebreaking two-run home run off Darryl Kile in the seventh inning as Houston beat St. Louis.

Kile, coming off his first 20-win season, is 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA after three starts. He allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings, falling to 1-3 against his old team.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, ROCKIES 3: Luis Gonzalez hit two home runs, giving him a major league-leading nine in 10 games, as Arizona beat Colorado.

PADRES 5, DODGERS 4: Alex Arias singled home Ben Davis with one out in the bottom of the 10th to lead San Diego past Los Angeles.