The Colorado Rockies became the 58th team in National League history to hit three consecutive home runs when they did it Friday night against visiting Montreal, which led to a 12-7 win.
Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla hit the homers off Expos reliever Gabe White in a four-run second inning for an 8-0 lead.
The last N.L. team to hit three straight homers was the Atlanta Braves against St. Louis on April 18, 1994. The Chicago White Sox accomplished the feat against Detroit earlier this season on May 28.
Reds 4, Dodgers 2
Jeff Branson homered and John Smiley got his fourth straight win as Cincinnati beat struggling Los Angeles. The Dodgers lost their fifth straight and eighth in 10 games.
Braves 8, Giants 4
Tom Glavine drove in two runs with two hits, including a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth inning, sending Atlanta to its seventh straight win.
Astros 5, Padres 4
Orlando Miller’s bases-loaded single in the ninth capped a three-run rally over two innings as Houston defeated San Diego. It was the second consecutive night Houston defeated San Diego in its last at-bat.
Cardinals 4, Marlins 0
Danny Jackson threw a four-hitter to snap a nine-game winless streak and avoided the worst start to a season in St. Louis history as the Cardinals beat Flordia.
Cubs 8, Phillies 2
Shawon Dunston went 4 for 5 and drove in three runs as Chicago scored seven runs in the last two innings and beat Philadelphia. The loss was the Phillies’ sixth in the last seven games.
Mets 9, Pirates 8
Todd Hundley hit a tworun homer off Pittsburgh closer Dan Miceli in the ninth inning as New York rallied from a five-run deficit.
Greg Maddux said he won’t be able to be the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday due to injury. His choice for a replacement is Hideo Nomo, the Dodgers’ Japanese sensation.
“I think more people want to watch him pitch than me, to be honest,” said Maddux, the threetime Cy Young Award winner.
Maddux injured his groin slightly in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers Thursday night. He said the injury would cause him to miss pitching in the All-Star Game at Arlington, Texas, but that he would attend the game and suit up.
“Hopefully it’s not a serious injury,” Nomo said about Maddux through an interpreter.
Clearing the bases
Chicago’s Brian McRae received a two-game suspension Friday for bumping and screaming at umpire Brian Gorman during a game last week. McRae appealed the suspension by N.L. president Leonard Coleman, so he is eligible to play pending a hearing. … Terry Pendleton of the Marlins has raised his average from .214 on May 29 to .300 by going 46 for 115 (.400).
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