LOS ANGELES -- Atlanta's franchise-record 15-game winning streak ended Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Braves 6-4 and handed Greg Maddux his first loss of the year.
The Braves' string was the longest in the majors since Minnesota won 15 straight in 1991. The last time a National League team won at least 15 in a row was 1951, when the New York Giants took 16 straight.
Shawn Green and Todd Hollandsworth each homered and had three hits off Maddux (4-1). Green hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his sixth, and broke a 4-4 tie with a two-out, RBI single in the fifth.
Carlos Perez (2-1) gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings. Mike Fetters worked the eighth and Jeff Shaw pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Cubs 4, Astros 3
CHICAGO -- Jon Lieber, who pitched a complete game against Houston last week, gave up three runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Eric Young homered, Damon Buford hit a two-run single, and Henry Rodriguez added an RBI as Chicago got all the offense it needed in the first inning off Chris Holt (1-4).
Lieber (3-2) struck out seven, getting Jeff Bagwell twice. Rick Aguilera pitched the ninth of his sixth save.
Rockies 16, Expos 7
DENVER -- Todd Helton went 5-for-5 for his first career five-hit game as Colorado set a team record with 24 hits.
Nine players, including pitcher Pedro Astacio (3-2), drove in at least one run for the Rockies, whose previous record for hits was 21 on four separate occasions.
The record-setting day was a fitting way to end Colorado's high-scoring homestand. The Rockies scored 72 runs in six games against the Expos and New York Mets, hitting double figures five times.
The Rockies batted around for six runs in both the third and fourth against Hideki Irabu (1-3) and Felipe Lira.
Phillies 5, Reds 2
PHILADELPHIA -- Paul Byrd allowed three hits in seven innings and Bobby Abreu hit a two-run double as Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak.
Byrd (1-2), who lowered his ERA from 10.19 to 7.66, struck out four, walked one and allowed one run. Eddie Taubensee got the only hits off Byrd, including a seventh-inning homer.
Byrd left the game with a strained right groin. Wayne Gomes pitched the final two innings.
Steve Parris (1-4) took the loss.
Giants 8, Mets 5, 11 inn.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Kent hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning and San Francisco beat New York for the third straight day.
Marvin Benard opened the 11th with a single off Turk Wendell (2-1) and Barry Bonds walked on four pitches. Kent followed with his seventh homer of the season into the left-field stands.
Felix Rodriguez (1-0) pitched one inning for the victory as the Giants won for the ninth time in 11 games. They got back to .500 (13-13) for the first time since the sixth game of the season.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1
MILWAUKEE -- Horacio Estrada allowed one run in seven innings in his first major league start, and Geoff Jenkins hit his 11th home run.
Estrada (1-0), who made four relief appearances last season with the Brewers, allowed three hits and three walks, striking out two.
Sean Berry, who entered the game hitting .118, hit a two-run homer off Omar Daal (0-3) in the sixth inning to put the Brewers up 4-1. It was Berry's first home run since last May 9.
Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Pirates 8, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS -- Kris Benson overcame a four-walk first inning and Brian Giles and Kevin Young homered on consecutive pitches from Pat Hentgen (3-3) in the sixth for Pittsburgh.
Benson (2-3) became the first Pittsburgh starter to win two games, working around seven walks and five hits in seven innings. The only damage came on bases-loaded walks to Craig Paquette and J.D. Drew in the first, and he struck out seven.
It was the second straight strong effort after a shaky start to the season for Benson, who quieted a lineup that leads the majors with 59 homers.
Padres 3, Marlins 1
SAN DIEGO -- Brian Meadows came within two outs of his first career shutout, and Phil Nevin homered for the second straight game.
Meadows (3-2), facing the Marlins for the first time since they traded him to the Padres for reliever Dan Miceli on Nov. 15, allowed five hits and struck out four.
He left after giving up a homer to Cliff Floyd with one out in the ninth inning. Trevor Hoffman struck out the final two batters for his fifth save.
Brad Penny (3-3) took the loss.
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