CHICAGO Sammy Sosa hit two of the Cubs' six home runs for his first multihomer game of the season and 59th of his career as Chicago defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 Tuesday night.
Kerry Wood, Mark Grudzielanek and Alex Gonzalez hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning. Corey Patterson also homered for the Cubs.
The Cubs hit back-to-back homers off Brewers starter Ruben Quevedo in the first inning, when Patterson hit a two-run homer to left field and Sosa followed with a 420-foot shot to center. It was Sosa's first home run at Wrigley Field since April 17.
Quevedo (1-4) lasted just 2-3 of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits and walking one.
Expos 6, Pirates 4
MONTREAL Brad Wilkerson became the fifth Montreal player to hit for the cycle and the first since 1995, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs and leading the Expos over Pittsburgh.
The two-run homer followed Jose Vidro's RBI double, giving Wilkerson a career-high four RBIs for the fourth time.
Tomo Ohka (6-7) allowed four hits and one run in six innings as Montreal won for the fourth time in six games. Rocky Biddle pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 24 opportunities.
Marlins 8, Mets 4
NEW YORK Luis Castillo triggered a four-run sixth inning with a two-run homer and Mike Lowell drove in two more runs to help Florida.
Florida has won five in a row and is now 39-39, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since May 1.
Braves 5, Phillies 3
ATLANTA Javy Lopez homered twice and Andruw Jones also went deep against former teammate Kevin Millwood as Atlanta defeated Philadelphia.
It was the sixth two-homer game of the season for Lopez.
Millwood (8-6), traded from Atlanta to Philadelphia during the offseason, lost to his former team for the second time in less than a week.
Giants 2, Dodgers 1
SAN FRANCISCO Marquis Grissom's two-run homer was set up by a key balk call against Los Angeles starter Odalis Perez, who was ejected along with manager Jim Tracy in San Francisco's win.
Jason Schmidt had another masterful start for the Giants, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Dodgers for the second time in six days.
Reds 7, Cardinals 4
ST. LOUIS Pinch-hitter Kelly Stinnett's two-run single snapped a 14th-inning tie and Cincinnati beat St. Louis for the seventh time in eight games this season.
Tino Martinez homered twice for the Cardinals. He hit a solo shot in the eighth that made it 2-all, then had a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to tie it at 4.
Rockies 5, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO Darren Oliver retired the first 13 batters and Larry Walker homered for the second straight game as Colorado beat San Diego for its fourth win in a row.
Oliver (5-5), who's been awful on the road and crisp at home, took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before allowing a bloop single with one out to pitcher Adam Eaton, pinch-hitting for starter Brian Lawrence (4-9).
Diamondbacks 12, Astros 5
PHOENIX Alex Cintron homered for the second straight game and Arizona beat Houston to win its season-high seventh in a row.
Cintron also singled and doubled, driving in three runs and scoring twice.
Matt Kata hit a three-run homer in the eighth and had an RBI single for Arizona, which had a season-best 19 hits. David Dellucci went 4-for-5 with a triple and Tony Womack was 4-for-5 with a double.
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