April 5, 1996 in Sports

National League

Associated Press
 

Cubs 9, Dodgers 4

Chicago

Ryne Sandberg homered for the first hit of his comeback and Sammy Sosa’s three-run shot capped a seven-run fourth inning Thursday as Chicago beat Los Angeles.

On a miserable day for baseball, only a couple thousand fans braved the elements at Wrigley Field as workers salted stadium aisles to keep people from slipping.

Game-time temperature was 34 degrees with a 19-mph northerly wind blowing left to right in a mix of rain and snow flurries and a 12-degree wind chill.

Sandberg, who’d been 0 for 9, hit his two-run homer in the third.

Giants 7, Braves 1

Atlanta

Allen Watson won his debut for San Francisco while pitching the Giants past Atlanta for their first victory of the season.

J.R. Phillips hit a three-run homer during a four-run first that gave San Francisco all the runs it needed against losing pitcher John Smoltz.

Phillies 7, Rockies 4

Philadelphia

Rookie Kevin Jordan, playing first base after Gregg Jefferies was injured, hit a two-run homer in the fifth to lead Philadelphia over Colorado.

Jefferies tore a ligament in his left thumb while diving into third base with an RBI triple in the first inning. He is expected to be sidelined for at least two months.

Expos 10, Reds 2

Cincinnati

Moises Alou, Henry Rodriguez and Darrin Fletcher homered as Montreal continued to pound Cincinnati relievers.

The Expos scored 18 runs on 29 hits to win the last two games of the series.

Mets 10, Cardinals 9

New York

Brent Mayne’s two-out, ninth-inning pinch single drove in Chris Jones with the winning run, lifting New York to its victory over St. Louis.

The Cardinals went ahead 9-8 on Willie McGee’s RBI single in the top of the ninth after tying the score with five runs in the eighth.

Marlins 6, Pirates 2

Miami

Gary Sheffield and Greg Colbrunn homered, jolting Florida’s sluggish offense as the Marlins claimed their first victory of the season by beating visiting Pittsburgh.

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