Braves cruise by Mets

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez tripled and singled during a season-high seven-run second inning and the Atlanta Braves once again beat the New York Mets at Turner Field, 12-4 Tuesday night.

Given a big lead, Andy Ashby (11-12) pitched the Braves to their 20th win in the last 22 games against the Mets at home.

The Braves won their fourth in a row overall and expanded their lead over the Mets in the NL East to five games, their largest since Aug. 1 when it was 5 1/2 games.

Marlins 3, Expos 1

MONTREAL -- Ryan Dempster took a shutout into the ninth inning and Preston Wilson hit his 29th homer, leading Florida over Montreal.

Dempster (13-10) allowed five hits in 8 1-3 innings, struck out eight, raising his season total to 199, and walked none.

Astros 8, Cardinals 6

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Truby hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning as Houston, which has won the Central the last three years, kept St. Louis from clinching the division outright.

The Cardinals' seven-game winning streak ended. Plans to show second-place Cincinnati's game later at San Francisco on the scoreboard were scrapped.

Pirates 12, Phillies 8

PHILADELPHIA -- Emil Brown and pinch-hitter John Wehner each hit two-run doubles in a nine-run sixth inning as Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia.

Padres 7, Rockies 2

DENVER (AP) -- Ben Davis, Ruben Rivera and Wiki Gonzalez hit home runs as San Diego sent Colorado to its fourth straight loss.

Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 0

LOS ANGELES -- Chan Ho Park pitched eight shutout innings and Mark Grudzielanek broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single as Los Angeles blanked Arizona for their fifth straight victory.

By winning, the Dodgers moved within 5 1/2 games of the New York Mets in the NL wild card race. The Diamondbacks, who have lost four in a row, remained five games behind the Mets.

Giants 7, Reds 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Livan Hernandez pitched a seven-hitter to win for the 12th time in 14 decisions at Pacific Bell Park, and San Francisco beat Cincinnati.

Cincinnati's loss ensured St. Louis, the NL Central leader, would finish no worse than tied for the division title.

-game lead over second-place Arizona.

Brewers 9, Cubs 8

MILWAUKEE -- Third baseman Shane Andrews bobbled a slow grounder for an error in the ninth inning and Milwaukee, after blowing a seven-run lead, defeated Chicago.

Chicago tied a season high with its seventh straight loss. The Cubs trailed 7-0 after five innings, but took an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

With one out, Kyle Farnsworth (1-8) walked Jose Hernandez. Pinch-runner James Mouton advanced to third on a single by Ron Belliard and Raul Casanova walked.

Ray King (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings of perfect relief for the win.

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