Big Mac pair ties Mantle career homer mark

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2000

ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire homered in his first two at-bats, tying Mickey Mantle for eighth place on the career list with 536, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-10 Sunday.

Craig Paquette homered in going 5-for-5 with four RBIs. Jim Edmonds also homered and drove in three runs.

Eric Karros homered twice for the Dodgers, and Gary Sheffield and Todd Hundley also connected as the teams combined for a Busch Stadium record eight homers. The previous mark of seven was set April 9 when the Cardinals hit six and the Brewers one.

McGwire passed Jimmie Foxx in the first with his 13th homer of the season, a 487-foot drive.

Heathcliff Slocumb (1-2) won, and Dave Veres pitched the ninth for his seventh save.Carlos Perez (3-2) was pounded for seven and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings.

Mets 5, Marlins 1

NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza hit his 10th career grand slam, a sixth-inning drive off Brad Penny (3-5).

Mike Hampton (4-4) allowed eight hits in his first complete game of the season. He struck out five and walked none after coming into the game leading the league with 37 bases on balls.

Cubs 16, Expos 15

MONTREAL -- Henry Rodriguez homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs for Chicago, but the Montreal Expos pulled off an early triple play and a ninth-inning rally.

Sammy Sosa was 5-for-6 with five RBIs for the Cubs. He singled home a run in the ninth and Rodriguez, who went 4-for-6, hit a three-run homer off Dustin Hermanson (4-3) with two outs for a 15-13 lead.

The Expos then came back in the bottom half on Rondell White's two-run homer and pinch-hitter Mike Mordecai's single off Rick Aguilera (1-1).

Chicago also wasted leads of 1-0, 6-2, 11-9, and Montreal blew margins of 2-1, 9-7 and 13-11.

Montreal turned the 10th triple play in its 32-year history in the first inning.

Eric Young stole five bases, the most by a Cubs player since George Gore swiped seven on June 25, 1881.

Braves 11, Phillies 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Chipper Jones homered from both sides of the plate and Andruw Jones missed hitting for the cycle by a single as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep.

Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer from the left side against Paul Byrd (1-3) in the first and a solo shot from the right side against Trever Miller in the seventh.

Andruw Jones hit an RBI double in the first, a two-run homer in the second and a triple in the fifth.

John Burkett (2-2) allowed five hits in seven shutout innings.

Pirates 3, Brewers 0

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Benson (3-4) won for the third time in four starts, allowing four hits in eight-plus innings.

Jeff D'Amico (1-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in seven innings in his first career start against Pittsburgh.

Brian Giles hit a bases-loaded comebacker in the sixth. D'Amico's throw beat Mike Benjamin to the plate, but Benjamin's hard slide took the legs out from under catcher Tyler Houston, whose high throw to first base sailed into right field, scoring Warren Morris with the first run.

Bruce Aven and Valerio de los Santos homered.

Padre 3, Diamondbacks 1

SAN DIEGO -- Arizona's team-record winning streak ended at nine as Brian Meadows (4-3) allowed one run and two hits in eight innings. Trevor Hoffman got his sixth save, stopping San Diego's eight-game losing string.

Tony Womack hit a leadoff home run on Meadows' second pitch of the game.

Omar Daal (1-4) gave up three runs -- one earned -- and four hits in seven innings. San Diego went ahead with three runs in the sixth, helped by errors by Womack at shortstop and Lenny Harris at third.

Rockies 11, Giants 7

DENVER -- Todd Helton's RBI double off Livan Hernandez (2-5) put Colorado ahead for good at 7-6 in the seventh, and the Rockies completed a three-game sweep.

Helton, who raised his major league-leading average to .417, strained his right hamstring while rounding first and left the game.

Gabe White (3-0) got the final two outs in the eighth.

Astros 10, Reds 3

HOUSTON -- Mitch Meluskey hit a three-run homer and Scott Elarton limited Cincinnati to four hits in seven innings as Houston snapped the Reds' six-game winning streak.

Elarton (2-0) allowed two runs, struck out a season high eight and walked five. He protected Houston's four-run lead in the seventh, fanning Dmitri Young with the bases loaded.

Young, who was 0-for-4 with a walk, had his career-high 18-game hitting streak -- the NL's longest this season -- snapped.

Steve Parris (2-5) lasted six innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits. He struck out three and walked four.



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