Call it Wrigley Field North.
With the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee for the first time since 1965, County Stadium rocked with a slugfest reminiscent of the Friendly Confines 90 miles to the south.Marquis Grissom drove in five runs with a homer and a double as the Brewers beat the Cubs 12-9 on Thursday night.
"The whole game I had goose bumps," said Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina, just back from the All-Star game at hitter-friendly Coors Field. "It was awesome hearing the fans. They were going crazy. It pumped me up. It felt like the other night at the All-Star game, just the buzz."
The crowd of 38,055 saw 12 extra-base hits, including three homers. Both starting pitchers gave up seven runs and were gone by the third inning.
Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, who missed the All-Star game because of a sore left shoulder, hit his 34th homer in the second inning. The two-run, 432-foot shot to center field gave Chicago a 5-4 lead.
ASTROS 5, CARDINALS 4: At St. Louis, Shane Reynolds won his fourth straight start as Houston increased its NL Central lead over Chicago to six games. Reynolds (11-5) allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings, and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 21st save. Houston has won 19 of 29 to improve to 54-34, its best mark ever at this point of the season.
EXPOS 9, METS 8: Rondell White singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th as Montreal snapped a seven-game road losing streak. Orlando Cabrera led off the 11th with a single off John Franco (0-3) and advanced to third on two groundouts. Cabrera scored when White hit a hard grounder past Gold Glove shortstop Rey Ordonez.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4: Chipper Jones, Gerald Williams and Javy Lopez homered to power visiting Atlanta to its ninth straight victory.
Jones hit a two-run homer in the first, Williams had a solo shot in the fifth and Lopez reached the left-field upper deck with a three-run blast in the sixth, all against Livan Hernandez (7-5).
DODGERS 12, PADRES 3: At Los Angeles, Gary Sheffield's two-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning and the Dodgers piled it on with six more runs off San Diego starter Mark Langston (3-2) in the fourth.
MARINERS 8, ANGELS 6: At Seattle, Ken Griffey Jr. moved within one of Mark McGwire for the major league home run lead with his 36th of the season.
Griffey's two-run homer off Pep Harris, a 442-foot shot to center field, gave the Mariners an 8-1 lead in the sixth inning.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 0: The Minnesota Twins are trying to make a race of the AL Central. In the opener of a head-to-head series with first-place Cleveland, the Indians cooperated.
Bob Tewksbury allowed three hits in 71/3 innings as the Twins beat Cleveland 3-0 Thursday night. The Indians, shut out for the fourth time this season and third at home, saw their lead over Minnesota shrink to 91/2 games.
YANKEES 2, DEVIL RAYS 0: Andy Pettitte pitched five-hit ball over eight innings as the Yankees won at Tampa Bay for their seventh straight victory.
ORIOLES 3, RED SOX 2: At Baltimore, Cal Ripken singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off Jim Corsi (2-1) as the Orioles won for the second time in 13 games since June 22.
TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Tony Clark led off the eighth against Dan Plesac (3-3) with his 18th homer.
Geronimo Berroa hit his 100th career homer and Damion Easley had two RBIs for the Tigers, who won for the fifth time in seven games. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for visiting Toronto.
ROYALS 6, WHITE SOX 4: Sal Fasano drove in three runs to match his career high as Kansas City won at Chicago, the Royals' seventh victory in 11 games.
Tim Belcher (8-7) won for the sixth time in seven decisions, giving up four runs on six hits and one walk for seven innings.
RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 1: Ivan Rodriguez singled in the tie-breaking run in the ninth and John Burkett pitched eight strong innings for his first win since June 6.
Burkett (5-9), who lost his previous four decisions, allowed one run on four hits and struck out five. John Wetteland finished for his 23rd save. Texas' Juan Gonzalez, who leads the majors with 101 RBIs, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and two groundouts.