Carl Everett singled home Alex Ochoa, who started the 12th inning by reaching second when Florida right fielder Gary Sheffield dropped his fly ball, and the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 Sunday.
Sheffield appeared to lose Ochoa’s shallow fly it in the sun, and it bounced off his glove. Then Everett singled to right off Dennis Cook (1-2), who returned from a two-game suspension for hitting a batter in Colorado.
Juan Acevedo (1-0) got three outs for the Mets’ third straight victory.
Edgardo Alfonzo had an RBI double and a single to extend his batting streak to 19 games - five short of Hubie Brooks’ club record set in 1984.
Robb Nen worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the 10th. Bobby Jones, in his third bid to become the National League’s first 13-game winner, pitched seven innings, yielding two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Dodgers 5, Padres 2 San Diego
Tom Candiotti continued his resurgence as a starter, and Los Angeles won a season-high sixth straight by completing its first three-game sweep in San Diego in nine years.
Candiotti (5-2) was nearly untouchable with his trademark knuckleball, allowing four hits in 7-2/3 innings while striking out five and walking two. Todd Worrell got the final two outs for his 20th save.
Giants 7, Rockies 0 San Francisco
Mark Gardner allowed five hits in six scoreless innings as San Francisco swept its three-game series and kept Colorado winless in July.
Gardner (9-4), the first of four Giants pitchers, struck out nine.
Colorado scored one run in the series against the Giants and have just six runs in their last six games. Larry Walker went 2 for 3 for Colorado to increase his major league-leading average to .398, but the rest of the Rockies did virtually nothing.
Astros 6, Reds 5 Houston
Pinch-hitter Tony Eusebio singled in the ninth inning to win for Houston, which got two homers and four RBIs from Jeff Bagwell.
With one out in the ninth, pinch-hitter Derek Bell got an infield hit and went to third on Brad Ausmus’ single to right field. Eusebio then singled up the middle off reliever Scott Sullivan to score Bell.
Pirates 6, Cardinals 3 St. Louis
Jose Guillen had four RBIs, and Steve Cooke allowed seven hits in seven innings as surprising Pittsburgh completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis.
The Pirates have won 10 of 13 and enter the All-Star break in first place in the N.L. Central despite one of the more unknown lineups in the majors.
Cubs 8, Phillies 4 Philadelphia
Mark Grace returned to the starting lineup with his 100th career homer and four RBIs.
Grace, who had missed three starts because of a sore right ankle, had a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the fourth as the Cubs won for the eighth time in 10 games. The loss was the 20th in 22 games for Philadelphia.
Expos 6, Braves 2 Montreal
Jeff Juden allowed six hits in his sixth straight win, and rookie Vladimir Guerrero homered and had three RBIs as Montreal ended a four-game losing streak.
The Expos avoided their first-ever four-game sweep by the Braves.
Juden (11-2) and struck out 11 and walked one in his fourth complete game of the season and fifth of his career. He has allowed 12 earned runs in 49 innings over his last six starts, a 2.20 ERA.
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