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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Padres 13, Astros 1 in 'Travesty'

COMBINED REPORTS


SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Padres pounded out 21 hits, including four by Bip Roberts, to pick up their first win of the young 1995 season with a 13-1 humiliation of the Houston Astros.


"This was our travesty game," said Houston's Craig Biggio, whose first-inning error led to San Diego's first two runs Thursday. "Let's get it out of the way now, the second game of the year."


Roberts went 4-for-5, drove in two runs and scored twice and Tony Gwynn homered and drove in two runs for San Diego.


"It was a beautiful thing to watch today. We were very aggressive," said Roberts. "We can hit, we can play defense, and when we pitch, we'll be tough to beat."


Phillies 6, Cardinals 2. In St. Louis, Philadelphia beat St. Louis before another disappointing crowd of 13,483 on a half-price day.


Gregg Jefferies had two hits and scored three times for the Phillies, although he misplayed a warning-track fly ball into a ground-rule RBI double and snared a couple of other line drives at the last second.


This is Jefferies' first season in left field, after he broke into the majors as an infielder.


Cubs 6, Reds 5, 11 innings. In Cincinnati, catcher Benito Santiago's throwing error set up the winning rally off Chuck McElroy. Rick Wilkins singled and Tuffy Rhodes bunted, but Santiago threw into center field to send the runners to second and third. Jose Hernandez, a late-inning defensive replacement, singled to break the tie.


Expos 2, Pirates 1. In Pittsburgh, the strong arms of Pedro Martinez, three relievers and right fielder Moises Alou combined to keep Pittsburgh scoreless for eight innings and Shane Andrews drove in both runs in the Montreal Expos' victory. The crowd was announced as 7,047.


Blue Jays 7, Athletics 1. In Toronto, Pat Hentgen pitched into the ninth inning, and Ed Sprague had his first grand slam and a career-high five RBIs as the Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1.


Hentgen gave up four hits -- two in the ninth, when the Athletics ended his shutout bid. Apparently feeling no ill effects of the shortened spring training, Hentgen struck out six and walked two in 8 1-3 innings.


Indians 11, Rangers 6. In Arlington, Texas, Rangers fans booed as Cleveland rocked Kevin Gross in his American League debut.


Paul Sorrento, Albert Belle, Eddie Murray, Manny Ramirez and Carlos Baerga homered for Cleveland.


In other AL action, it was Twins 7, Orioles 4 and Brewers 9, White Sox 4. In other NL games it was Braves 6, Giants 4 and Rockies 8, Mets 7.


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