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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mariners Clobber Athletics 8-1

OAKLAND, California -- On baseball's final bow before the strike, Ken Griffey Jr. showed fans all they'll be missing. The fans' favorite player kissed baseball goodbye with a grand slam and a spectacular catch as the Mariners defeated the Athletics, 8-1.


Griffey's 40th homer -- and second grand slam -- of the season highlighted a six-run second inning and gave the Mariners their fifth straight win Thursday. Randy Johnson (13-6) took care of the rest, striking out 15 to enter the work stoppage leading the majors with 204.


Blue Jays 8, Yankees 7. At New York, they played more than four hours Thursday, and most of the fans stayed in their seats through the 13th inning.


Joe Carter led off the 12th inning with his 27th home run to put Toronto ahead, but the Yankees weren't finished, tying it on a double-play grounder by Paul O'Neill.


Ed Sprague, who drove in Toronto's first two runs with a triple, hit a leadoff home run in the 13th for the Blue Jays.


Sprague, connected for his 11th home run of the season against Joe Ausanio (2-1). Darren Hall (2-3) worked the last two innings.


Brewers 10, Tigers 5. At Detroit, the game might have been called on another day. But no one wanted a rainout on the eve of a walkout. So they waited.


When it finally began three hours later, a crowd of 18,857 saw the Brewers rally for six runs in the eighth inning for the win. Jesse Orosco (3-1) was the winner and Storm Davis (2-4) took the loss.


Braves 13, Rockies 0. Greg Maddux earned his 16th victory, pitching a three-hit shutout as the Atlanta Braves routed the Colorado Rockies.Fred McGriff hit his 34th homer and David Justice hit his 19th and drove in four runs as the Braves pounded out 20 hits.


Maddux (16-6), trying to become the first pitcher in history to win three straight Cy Young Awards, lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.56 with his third shutout. Lance Painter (4-6) allowed five runs in three innings.


Dodgers 2, Reds 0. At Cincinnati, Ramon Martinez beat Cincinnati for the third time this season and Tim Wallach homered as Los Angeles has built a 3 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.


Martinez (12-7) pitched a seven-hitter for his third shutout and struck out seven as the Dodgers won their fifth in six games. The Reds lost for the fourth time in five games, but clinched the division if a strike ends the season. Ace Jose Rijo (9-6) matched his NL high with 12 strikeouts in eight innings.


Padres 8, Astros 6. At Houston, Tony Gwynn, trying to become baseball's first .400 hitter since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941, went 3-for-5 and raised his average to .394. He needed a 6-for-6 performance to reach .400.


Joey Hamilton (9-6) overcame two errors by shortstop Luis Lopez. Greg Swindell (8-9) allowed five runs in 2 1-3 innings.


Pirates 4, Expos 0. At Pittsburgh, the Montreal Expos hardly looked like the team with the best record in baseball, going quietly into the players' strike by losing to Zane Smith.


Smith (10-8) hadn't won since July 6, only to shut down the division-leading Expos on five hits as the Pirates beat Montreal for only the second time in 10 games. Montreal had won six in a row overall and 20 of its last 22. Butch Henry (8-3) took the loss, allowing two runs and six hits over five innings.


Cardinals 8, Marlins 6, seven innings. At Miami, the bats the St. Louis Cardinals packed up were hot. Tom Pagnozzi hit a home run for the third consecutive game and three teammates also homered, giving St. Louis a rain-shortened victory. Mark Whiten, Ray Lankford and Bernard Gilkey also homered for the Cardinals, who are averaging 6.5 runs per game in August.


A crowd of 29,437 booed pitcher Pat Rapp (7-8) when he jogged to first base on a grounder that was bobbled; they gave Gary Sheffield an ovation when he hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Tom Urbani (3-7) earned the victory despite allowing 10 hits in five-plus innings.


Phillies 2, Mets 1, 15 innings. At Philadelphia, Billy Hatcher scored the winning run on Ricky Jordan's single in the bottom of the 15th.


Hatcher opened the 15th with a bunt single and moved to third on a wild pitch by Mauro Gozzo (3-5) and a fly out. After two intentional walks loaded the bases, Jordan hit a two-out single down the third base line.