Piazza Greets Rookie With Hr

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 1997

Mike Piazza homered twice and drove in six runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers continued jumping out to early leads, beating host Pittsburgh 9-5 Wednesday for their 11th victory in 15 games.

Piazza had a run-scoring single in a three-run first inning, then hit the first pitch thrown in the majors by rookie Jason Johnson for a three-run homer - his 30th - in the second. He added his 31st in the ninth, a two-run shot off Matt Ruebel. Piazza became the first Dodger to hit 30 homers in three straight seasons since Duke Snider (1953-57).

Mets 15, Giants 6 New York

Jason Isringhausen got his first win in nearly a year as New York rallied for its major-league-best 39th come-from-behind victory. Isringhausen walked six and allowed 17 of 29 batters to reach base.

Phillies 7, Padres 6 (12) Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Curt Schilling became the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden with the Mets in 1984 to reach double digits in strikeouts 15 times in one season.

After wasting a 6-3 lead in the ninth, the Phillies won it on Kevin Stocker’s 12th-inning single for their first four-game sweep in two seasons. San Diego has lost nine of 11.

Schilling struck out 10, raising his strikeout total to 264, tying Seattle’s Randy Johnson for the major-league lead.

Ken Caminiti homered into the right-field upper deck in the sixth, becoming only the 12th player to hit a ball into that level since the ballpark opened in 1971. He reached 20 homers for the third consecutive season.

Astros 6, Braves 4 (13) Atlanta

Jeff Bagwell hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 13th inning for Houston.

Bagwell’s 35th homer came off Paul Byrd (3-3) after Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch. The Astros tied it with two runs in the ninth against Braves relief ace Mark Wohlers, who squandered Greg Maddux’s chance to become the N.L.’s first 18-game winner.

Marlins 4, Cubs 3 Chicago

Darren Daulton hit a two-run single with two outs in a three-run ninth inning to lead Florida.

The Marlins came from behind for the 37th time this season, winning for the 20th time in their final at-bat, getting help from back-to-back errors by shortstop Manny Alexander.

Rockies 7, Reds 5 Denver

Vinny Castilla hit his third home run in two games, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, and Dante Bichette had four hits to lead Colorado.

Cardinals 4, Expos 3 St. Louis

David Bell hit a tying home run in the seventh inning and singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth for St. Louis.

Clearing the bases

Florida’s Moises Alou has a career-high 97 RBIs, one shy of the family record, set by his father, Felipe, in 1962 with the San Francisco Giants. … Cardinals’ Mark McGwire stole his ninth career base.

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