Sid Bream belted a grand slam Friday night and Steve Avery scattered six hits over 5 2-3 innings for his fifth win of the season, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ron Gant and Lonnie Smith also homered for the Braves, who broke Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak.Avery, 5-1, walked two and struck out three as the Braves broke a two-game skid. The left-hander won only three games all of last season.
The Braves took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Pirates starter Vicente Palacios, 2-2. Smith singled and Gant followed one out later with his fifth home run of the year. David Justice then doubled and came home on a single by Terry Pendleton.
Pittsburgh drew within 3-1 in the second on a solo homer by Bobby Bonilla, his sixth home run of the season.
Atlanta increased its lead to 4-1 in the third. Jeff Treadway led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch by Palacios, advanced to third on a passed ball by Don Slaught and scored on a double by Justice.
The Pirates added a run in the fifth. With two out, Lloyd McClendon singled, stole second and scored on a double by Jose Lind. But the Braves came back with another run in the fifth when Smith stroked his first homer of the season over the left-field fence.
Pittsburgh drew within 5-3 in the sixth when Gary Redus led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Jay Bell.
Bream's grand slam came in the seventh inning, following singles by pinch hitter Mark Lemke and Treadway and an intentional walk to Justice. The grand slam was Bream's first of his career and his fifth homer this season.
Reds 7, Padres 3
At Cincinnati, Glenn Braggs had a pinch homer and a double that set up the go-ahead run as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 Friday night.
Bruce Hurst (4-1), who had won his last seven decisions, had the streak snapped after he failed to hold a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Braggs' solo homer ended the shutout and started a tying three-run rally.
Braggs sparked the go-ahead rally an inning later, when the Reds went ahead 5-3. Joe Oliver singled and Braggs pulled a one-out double down the left-field line, sending Oliver to third and bringing Mike Maddux in to relieve.
Billy Hatcher then hit a grounder to second baseman Paul Faries and pinch-runner Barry Larkin beat the throw home for the tie-breaking run. Mariano Duncan then beat out a bunt for a single - his fourth hit of the game - to score Braggs.
The Reds scored two more runs in the eighth on pitcher Mike Maddux' error.
Randy Myers (1-3) relieved Jose Rijo in the seventh to get the victory. Rob Dibble worked 1 2-3 innings for his 10th save, striking out four.
It was Hurst's first loss since Aug. 26 at Montreal and the Padres' eighth loss in their last nine games.
The left-hander took a two-hitter into the sixth, when Braggs started the comeback with a one-out pinch homer, his second. Hatcher and Duncan followed with singles, and Hal Morris pulled a double just inside first base to tie the score.
San Diego scored its three runs off Rijo, who gave up six hits and struck out eight over six innings. Tony Gwynn had three of the hits and scored twice.
Indians 11, Athletics 6
At Cleveland, Brook Jacoby homered and drove in four runs as the Cleveland Indians picked up where they left off against Oakland, routing the Athletics.
Two weeks ago, the Indians got 40 hits in beating Oakland 20-6 and 15-6. Cleveland then lost eight of the next nine games before continuing its assault against the Athletics with 11 more hits.
Nearly 37 percent of the Indians' runs this year have come in the three big victories over Oakland. Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak, while the loss dropped the Athletics into second place in the American League West, one-half game behind Seattle.
Jacoby's RBI single capped a four-run rally in the third, made possible by a two-out error by third baseman Ernest Riles. Jacoby then capped Cleveland's six-run fourth with a three-run homer off reliever John Briscoe. All 10 runs in the two innings came with two outs.
Tom Candiotti (5-1) gave up three runs on 11 hits in eight innings. It was the first time in eight starts this year that he allowed more than two runs.
Mike Moore (5-2) lasted only 3 2-3 innings, giving up 10 runs, six of them earned, and 10 hits.
The Indians loaded the bases with two outs in the third on a double by Mark Lewis, a walk and an infield single. Riles bobbled Carlos Baerga's hard grounder for an error, Chris James followed with a two-run single and Jacoby hit an RBI single.
In the fourth, Baerga hit a two-run single and James had an RBI single, finishing Moore. Jacoby then hit Briscoe's second pitch into the left field seats for his second home run. James drove in a team-record nine runs in the Indians' 20-6 win at Oakland on May 4.
Mariners 1, Yankees 0
At New York, Randy Johnson scattered three hits over seven innings and Pete O'Brien singled home the lone run in the second inning, leading the Seattle Mariners to a victory over the New York Yankees.
The Mariners, winners of 11 of their last 12 games, moved into first place in the American League West, a half-game ahead of Oakland. It marked the latest point in the season a Seattle club has led its division.
The victory also moved Seattle seven games over .500, tying the club record set on July 8, 1982, when they were 45-38.
The Yankees have dropped three of their last four games.
Johnson, 3-3, who walked three and struck out 10, allowed just one runner to reach third base. Billy Swift entered in the eighth to earn his fifth save.
Yankees starter Tim Leary, 2-3, lasted 8 2-3 innings while yielding just three singles. The right-hander, who retired 17 consecutive batters after giving up the game's only run in the second inning, walked two and struck out one.
Seattle's Ken Griffey Sr. led off the second inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Edgar Martinez. O'Brien followed with a line single to right, sending Griffey home.
New York's best threat to score came in the sixth inning. With two outs, Jesse Barfield walked and moved to third on a single by Hensley Meulens. However, Barfield was left stranded when Mel Hall grounded out to second.
Orioles 5, Angels 1
At Baltimore, Ben McDonald, whose only previous victory this season was against California, pitched a six-hitter as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Angels.
McDonald struck out three and walked one in his first complete game this season. He is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA against the Angels and 0-2 with a 10.12 ERA against the rest of the American League.
Mike Devereaux had three hits, stole three bases and scored twice for the Orioles, who had lost eight of 11 and 17 of 25.
California, which had been averaging six runs per game in winning five of seven on its road trip, got only two runners past second base in the final eight innings.
Both teams got first-inning runs. California scored on Luis Polonia's triple and Wally Joyner's sacrifice fly, his eighth RBI in three games. The Orioles tied it against Scott Lewis (1-4) on singles by Devereaux and Dwight Evans and a grounder by Cal Ripken.
Twins 8, Tigers 1
At Detroit, Scott Erickson won his sixth straight start as the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit and sent the Tigers to their seventh consecutive loss.
Erickson (6-2) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings and Steve Bedrosian finished with one-hit relief for his second save.
Bill Gullickson (4-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
With the score tied 1-1, Ortiz led off the fifth with his second double of the game and scored on Greg Gagne's single.
Dan Gladden flied out and Gagne was doubled up trying for second base. Chuck Knoblauch then doubled and scored on a single by Kirby Puckett, who scored on Kent Hrbek's single. Mark Leiter relieved and ended the inning by striking out Pedro Munoz.