Sammy Sosa hit his 42nd homer and Henry Rodriguez homered twice to help rookie Kerry Wood win his 11th game Friday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 9-1.
Sosa homered in the first on a 3-2 pitch from Jamey Wright, a drive to right center against the wind that just cleared the fence. Sosa is second in the majors in homers behind Mark McGwire, who has 45.After Sosa's homer, Mark Grace walked and Rodriguez followed with another opposite-field homer to make it 3-0.
Wood (11-5) improved to 8-0 in 10 starts at Wrigley Field this season. He allowed five singles, struck out six and walked four, leaving with one out in the eighth after walking the bases loaded.
REDS 3, MARLINS 2: At Miami, Dmitri Young's seventh-inning double drove in the go-ahead runs as Cincinnati handed Florida its 12th loss in 14 games.
Brett Tomko (10-7), who held Florida without a hit until the fifth inning, allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking three.
The loss was the Marlins' 71st of the year, one more than their total last season when they won the World Series.
Gabe White pitched two perfect innings for his first save.
PADRES 5, EXPOS 4: At Montreal, streaking Kevin Brown won his 10th straight decision and Greg Vaughn hit his 38th home run for San Diego.
Brown (13-3) struck out 10 for the second straight game and for the third time in four starts, allowing four runs on seven hits without a walk in seven innings.
His career-high 10-game streak tied Atlanta's Greg Maddux for the longest in the majors this season.
ASTROS 7, PIRATES 4: At Pittsburgh, Carl Everett doubled in two runs with his third hit of the game and the Houston Astros finally figured out Francisco Cordova.
Mike Hampton (9-5) yielded three runs on six hits over 62/3 innings for his third consecutive victory over the Pirates.
Cordova (9-9) held the Astros to four hits and two runs over 24 innings in three 1997 starts - including nine no-hit innings on July 12.
But Cordova struggled in his first start against Houston this season, walking five, hitting a batter and allowing five runs over 6 2-3 innings.
The Astros won their fourth in five games.
CARDINALS 3, BRAVES 2: At Atlanta, Ray Lankford hit a three-run homer off Greg Maddux in the sixth inning for St. Louis.
Mark McGwire, acquired by St. Louis from Oakland last July 31, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Maddux (14-5) was working on a two-hit shutout in his bid to become the NL's first 15-game winner when he gave up his first homer in 84 innings since Milwaukee's Jeromy Burnitz connected June 1.
Maddux allowed eight hits in his eighth complete game this year, struck out nine and walked one.
Kent Mercker (7-8) started for St. Louis after the Cardinals traded Todd Stottlemyre to Texas. He allowed six hits in eight-plus innings, struck out three and walked three.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, BREWERS 2: At Milwaukee, Devon White and Jay Bell hit home runs to back Andy Benes (8-11), who gave up six hits in 72/3 innings and struck out five.
In the sixth, Andy Fox, who had three hits, singled and Bell followed with his 14th home run. Karim Garcia doubled with two outs and scored on Danny Klassen's triple. Brent Brede's RBI single chased Jeff Juden (7-10).
White homered off Valerio De Los Santos in the eighth. Dave Dellucci made it 8-2 with an RBI single in the ninth.
DODGERS 4, METS 3: At New York, Eric Young's RBI double scored the go-ahead run as Los Angeles scored three times with two outs in the ninth inning.
Trailing 3-1, The Dogers put together a three-run rally against John Franco (0-6). With two outs, pinch-hitter Roger Cedeno hit an RBI triple to right. Franco then threw a wild pitch that tied the game at 3, his fifth blown save of the season.
After pinch-hitter Tom Prince singled, Young hit a line drive to the wall in left.
Young went 3-for-5 as the Dodgers won for just the third time in 49 games when trailing after eight innings.
GIANTS 7, PHILLIES 6: At Philadelphia, Bill Mueller's tiebreaking double with two outs in the ninth was San Francisco's 32nd comeback win of the season.
Jose Mesa (2-0) worked the eighth for the win and Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 29 chances.
Rey Sanchez doubled with one out in the ninth against Yorkis Perez (0-2). One out later, Mueller lined a double into the left-field corner.
Philadelphia starter Curt Schilling fanned five, raising his major league-leading strikeout total to 214. He worked six innings, allowing nine hits, five earned runs and one walk.