The Cincinnati Reds edged the Atlanta Braves when Deion Sanders had two uncontested steals and Pokey Reese singled him home for a 7-6 victory in 11 innings Saturday at Cincinnati.
In manager Jack McKeon’s first victory with the Reds, they blew an early four-run lead and later a one-run lead with two outs and two strikes on Javier Lopez in the ninth. His solo homer sent it to extra innings.
“We gave it away. We couldn’t hold it,” McKeon said. “It goes that way when you’re trying to get out of a rut.”
It was the Reds’ first victory in seven games against Atlanta this season.
Astros 9, Expos 8 (10)
Sean Berry led off the 10th inning with a home run off Ugueth Urbina as Houston rallied for its eighth consecutive victory.
Pinch-hitter J.R. Phillips hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Urbina (3-7) to force extra innings.
Cardinals 3, Marlins 1
Pinch-hitter Delino DeShields broke a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning for St. Louis in 100-degree weather.
The home run was the third by a pinch-hitter for the Cardinals this season and the second delivered by DeShields.
Dodgers 4, Phillies 1
Darren Dreifort, taking over in the fourth inning after Hideo Nomo took a line drive on the right arm, pitched a career-high 4-1/3 innings for the victory and Mike Piazza drove in three runs with a pair of homers for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers are two games behind San Francisco in the N.L. West, the closest they’ve been to first since May 26.
Nomo was diagnosed with a bruise and will be re-evaluated today.
Padres 5, Mets 3
Sterling Hitchcock allowed one run in six innings and San Diego won for the 12th time in the past 15 games.
San Diego, 13 games out at the All-Star break, has gained seven games on first-place San Francisco in the past 17 days.
Pirates 10, Giants 3
Dale Sveum drove in three runs with a homer and a double that capped a six-run sixth inning for Pittsburgh.
The slumping Giants have lost three straight for the first time since May 6-9. They have yet to lose four in a row this season.
Rockies 6, Cubs 3
Roger Bailey pitched eight solid innings and Dante Bichette drove in four runs for Colorado.
Bichette hit a two-run home run off starter Terry Mulholland in the sixth to give Colorado a 6-1 lead.
Bichette is 10 for 20 with four homers and 17 RBIs in his last 11 games, including nine RBIs in the last two.
Clearing the bases
Pirates catcher Jason Kendall has signed a four-year contract extension for undisclosed terms… . The Giants recalled pitcher William VanLandingham and infielder Rich Aurilia and optioned pitchers Doug Creek and Dan Carlson to Phoenix of the PCL.
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