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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Downing Braves, Expos Beef Up Division Lead

ATLANTA, Georgia -- Moises Alou hit a two-run triple and the Montreal Expos rallied past the Atlanta Braves 6-4 for their seventh straight win and a 2 1/2-game lead in the National League East.


The Expos extended their longest winning streak of the season Sunday and took their biggest lead of the year over the Braves. Atlanta, despite a home run by Terry Pendleton in his return from the disabled list, lost for the sixth time in nine games.


By winning the opener of the three-game series, the Expos ensured they will leave Atlanta in first place.


Alou's triple put Montreal ahead 5-4, and he scored on a grounder by Larry Walker.


Pedro Martinez (8-5), celebrating his 23rd birthday, allowed four hits and four runs in six innings. John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 19th save.


Trailing 4-3 entering the seventh, the Expos rallied against reliever Mark Wohlers (7-2).


Reds 7, Astros 4. At Cincinnati, Kevin Mitchell homered twice, rallying Cincinnati to a victory over the Houston Astros that secured the Reds' month-long hold on first place in the NL Central.


Mitchell wiped out deficits by connecting on both swings against Greg Swindell (7-7), and Bret Boone doubled home the go-ahead runs to give Cincinnati a two-game lead over Houston.


Phillies 8, Marlins 1. At Miami, Curt Schilling, sidelined the past two months by injuries, allowed one unearned run in five innings for his first victory since last year's World Series as Philadelphia beat Florida.


Schilling (1-7) last pitched in the majors on May 16. During the layoff he had a bone spur removed from his pitching elbow and underwent surgery on his left knee. Schilling, 16-7 last year, left with a 2-1 lead. He gave up five hits, walked two, struck out seven and drove in Philadelphia's first run.


Mets 7, Cardinals 1. In St. Louis, Rico Brogna went 5-for-5 and Bret Saberhagen won his fifth straight decision, leading the New York Mets past St. Louis.


Brogna, who had three singles and two doubles and drove in two runs, has hit safely in his last 11 starts while batting .514 (19-for-37). His five hits tied a club record last reached by Howard Johnson in 1988.


Pirates 6, Cubs 2. At Pittsburgh, Denny Neagle ended a string of poor starts and hit his first major-league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past Chicago.


Neagle (9-8), who had allowed nearly a run an inning in his previous four starts, pitched five-hit ball and struck out nine in seven innings. Dan Miceli pitched two scoreless innings for his second career save.


Dodgers 10, Giants 5. At San Francisco, Ramon Martinez cooled off Darryl Strawberry and the surging San Francisco Giants, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers to a victory that stopped their season-high five-game losing streak.


Eric Karros homered twice, doubled and singled, driving in four runs as the Dodgers took a 2-1/2 game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.


Rockies 4, Padres 3. In San Diego, Andres Galarraga hit his 31st home run to help the Colorado Rockies overcome an 11-strikeout performance by Andy Benes and beat San Diego.


Danny Sheaffer broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh by leading off with his first homer this year, hitting a 3-2 pitch from Benes (6-12) into the left-field seats.


Kansas City 6, White Sox 4. Bob Hamelin's towering three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning at Kansas City gave the Royals a victory.


With one out in the 12th, Dave Henderson singled and went to third on Wally Joyner's second hit of the night. Hamelin then hit the first pitch he saw from Roberto Hernandez (3-4) just over the 410-foot mark in centerfield.


Hippolito Pichardo (4-3) got the win despite giving up a run in the top of the 12th on Tim Raines' two-out single.


Rangers 7, Twins 4. At Arlington, Texas, Jose Canseco hit his 27th home run, leading Texas past Minnesota as the Rangers ended their four-game losing streak.


Canseco broke out of a 2-for-18 slump with a 423-foot, solo homer in the fifth inning. Rusty Greer had a pair of RBI singles and two walks for Texas.


Brian Bohanon (1-0) won for the first time in the majors since July 15, 1993. He started in place of Kevin Brown, whose scheduled turn in the rotation was pushed back a day because of a stress fracture in his foot