Mike Piazza celebrated his return to the Los Angeles lineup with a home run. But it was an infield dribbler that made the difference for the Dodgers on Sunday.
Two runs scored on Rick Parker’s nubber up the third-base line in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a tie and give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets in Los Angeles.
With the bases loaded and two out, Parker hit a ground ball that didn’t go more than 15 feet. Pitcher Jerry DiPoto (0-2) barehanded the ball and appeared to try and tag Raul Mondesi, who was charging home from third.
DiPoto then lobbed the ball past catcher Todd Hundley and the ball rolled toward the Mets’ dugout, allowing Mondesi and Piazza to score.
Piazza, playing in his first game since May 10, hit a two-run homer off Pete Harnisch in the sixth inning to put the Dodgers ahead 3-1.
“The adrenaline was there; I guess it helped it out,” Piazza said of his home run. “I was really excited; it felt like opening day again. I was kind of pleasantly surprised. You don’t know what to expect. I tried to stay relaxed.”
Padres 8, Expos 4
Tony Gwynn was in an offensive slump, but it was small compared to the one his team was in.
Both slumps ended as Gwynn, batting only .220 in his previous 21 games, went 4 for 4 with two RBIs in a victory over Montreal.
The Padres managed only four hits and one run in the first two games of the series with Montreal before getting 13.
Giants 4, Phillies 0
Knowing the injured Matt Williams wouldn’t be in the lineup made Mark Leiter work that much harder.
The result was a fourhitter, good for his first career shutout, and San Francisco completed a series sweep to give Philadelphia its first threegame losing streak of the season.
Reds 4, Cardinals 0
Pete Schourek still throws the same three pitches: fastball, curve and changeup. It’s the way he’s thrown them lately that has made all the difference.
Schourek allowed only one hit over 7 2/3 innings to get his career-high fourth straight win and lead Cincinnati past St. Louis.
Rockies 4, Pirates 1
Vinny Castilla hit solo homers in consecutive atbats, helping Joe Grahe post his first National League victory as Colorado beat Pittsburgh.
Larry Walker also had a solo homer, his 12th, as the Rockies swept the threegame series and ran their winning streak to four games.
Astros 6, Braves 2
Tom Glavine took care of his first-inning problems, then found a new affliction.
The left-hander had allowed only three homers in 44 innings in his first seven starts, but gave up two in the fifth inning to help give the Astros their first three-game sweep in Atlanta since 1989.
Cubs 5, Marlins 3
Sammy Sosa hit a home run and drove in the goahead run with a sixthinning double to lead Chicago over Florida.
Frank Castillo (4-2) allowed only six hits in eight-plus innings, striking out three and walking two. Randy Myers got the last three outs for his 13th save.
Clearing the bases
Matt Williams underwent surgery Sunday for his broken right foot, and San Francisco recalled former replacement player Joel Chimelis to take his place on the roster. … Colorado right-hander Bill Swift, still bothered by soreness in his throwing shoulder, will miss his second straight start.
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