Hideo Nomo struck out 13 while pitching his second straight shutout and sixth consecutive victory as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Nomo, who allowed six hits, improved his leagueleading strikeout total to 109 as the Dodgers overtook the Rockies for first place in the N.L. West.
The rookie right-hander fanned N.L. home run leader Larry Walker in his first three at-bats. Leadoff hitter Mike Kingery had three of the hits off Nomo, who walked one and gave up only one hit over the final 5 2/3 innings before a near sellout crowd of 46,295.
Nomo has struck out 50 in his last four games, breaking the club record of 49 set by Sandy Koufax, who did it three times.
Reds 10, Phillies 4
Eric Anthony went 4 for 5, drove in two runs and scored three times as Cincinnati defeated Philadelphia.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 4
Ramon Caraballo hit his first major league home run and Ken Hill earned his first victory in six starts as St. Louis beat Chicago to end a five-game losing streak.
Clearing the bases
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