MONTREAL -- Wil Cordero hit his third career grand slam and had five RBIs to lead the Montreal Expos to a 10-3 win over the Atanta Braves on Sunday before the third-largest Olympic Stadium crowd this season.
With 25,109 on hand -- only Montreal's third crowd over 20,000 this season -- for a Tim Raines bobblehead promotion, the second-place Expos split the four-game series to draw to within 9 1/2 games of Atlanta in the NL East.
Mets 4, Phillies 2
NEW YORK -- Pedro Astacio pitched seven sharp innings, and Roberto Alomar hit a two-run double to lead New York over Philadelphia.
Rey Ordonez and Edgardo Alfonzo also knocked in runs for the Mets, who gained a split of the four-game series.
Brewers 5, Pirates 3
MILWAUKEE -- Jose Hernandez hit two home runs and drove in four runs as Milwaukee finally beat Pittsburgh at Miller Park.
Ruben Quevedo (5-6) gave up three runs in five innings, and four relievers combined to allow one hit over the final four innings for the Brewers, who beat Pittsburgh for the first time in seven games at Miller Park this year.
Cubs 10, Marlins 3
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa hit one of Chicago's four homers to back Mark Prior as the Cubs completed a sweep of Florida.
Sosa hit his 29th homer, a two-run shot in the seventh off Vladimir Nunez, to tie Houston's Lance Berkman for the major league lead. Corey Patterson, Alex Gonzalez and Bill Mueller homered in the eighth off Oswaldo Mairena.
Reds 8, Astros 3
HOUSTON -- Knuckleballer Jared Fernandez pitched seven strong innings for his first major league win as Cincinnati snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Houston.
Rockies 5, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shawn Chacon pitched seven innings of dominant two-hit ball, allowing only an unearned run, as Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak.
Chacon (4-6) got his first victory since May 8 by overpowering the Giants, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Chacon faced just two batters over the minimum as the Rockies avoided a four-game sweep.
Cardinals 4, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO -- Bud Smith got his first win of the year, against the team he no-hit in September, and drove in a run as St. Louis beat San Diego.
Smith (1-5) had struggled so badly that he was scratched from a start just before the All-Star break. He had no problem against the punchless Padres, holding them to three hits in seven scoreless innings, his longest outing this year.
Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1
LOS ANGELES -- Kazuhisa Ishii held Arizona to two hits over 7 2-3 innings and Los Angeles edged ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West division.
Taking the fourth game of their series to avoid being swept, the Dodgers regained the division lead by a half-game over the Diamondbacks.
Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Los Angeles' first run off Miguel Batista (4-6). Paul Lo Duca's RBI single in the fifth gave the Dodgers a two-run lead.
Ishii (12-5), a rookie from Japan, walked five and struck out five in his longest stint so far for Los Angeles.
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