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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO -- Livan Hernandez pitched a two-hitter and Reggie Sanders homered twice as the streaking San Francisco Giants beat San Diego 6-0 Wednesday night to maintain their lead in the NL wild-card race.

The Giants, who won their fifth in a row, are three games ahead of Los Angeles. Both teams have four games left.

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2

LOS ANGELES -- Brian Jordan's two-out single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers came back for a crucial win, beating the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers stayed three games behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 1

ST. LOUIS -- Scott Rolen and J.D. Drew hit three-run homers Wednesday to send the St. Louis Cardinals over Curt Schilling and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The result left the NL Central champion Cardinals and Arizona with identical 94-64 records with four games remaining in the regular season.

Braves 7, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Andruw Jones hit three homers, then was left on deck before getting another chance to bat as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

It was Jones' first three-homer game in a six-year career. He has 11 multiple-homer games lifetime, including five this season and three this month.

Astros 7, Brewers 5

HOUSTON -- Daryle Ward homered twice and pinch-hitter Morgan Ensberg hit a tiebreaking RBI single to lead Houston back from a four-run deficit as the Astros beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers continued the worst season in franchise history, losing on the night the team replaced team president Wendy Selig-Prieb and general manager Dean Taylor.

Reds 8, Cubs 2

CHICAGO -- The Cincinnati Reds, not Sammy Sosa, put on the home run show, hitting four on their way to a victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Sosa, meanwhile, remains stuck at 498 career homers.

Trying to become the 18th major leaguer with 500 homers, Sosa went 0-for-4 and got a ball out of the infield only once, flying out to right in the ninth.

Pirates 4, Mets 3

PITTSBURGH -- Aramis Ramirez hit a tiebreaking homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on to beat the New York Mets.

The Pirates have won six of their last eight and 10 of their last 14 at home. The Mets have lost four of five.

Marlins 10, Expos 2

MONTREAL -- Derek Lee went 3-for-3 and Ramon Castro homered as the Florida Marlins took advantage of six Montreal errors to beat the Expos.

Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero went 0-for-2 with two walks to remain one home run short of a 40 homer-40 steal season.

The Expos tied a team record for errors. Florida scored four times in the sixth and took advantage of three errors in the eighth to add four more runs.

Lee's RBI single in the sixth chased Bartolo Colon (10-4) and gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead.

Montreal's Endy Chavez had three hits -- including an RBI double in the fifth off Josh Beckett (6-7) -- to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.



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