Darryl Strawberry went five for five, including a two-run homer and a double, and Dwight Gooden allowed only six hits in eight innings last night as the New York Mets tied a team record with their 11th consecutive victory, an 8-1 decision over the Braves in Atlanta.
Strawberry, who drove in three runs, set a personal high with five hits in a game. Gary Carter had a two-run homer, the 250th home run of his career.
Gooden (4-0) lost his shutout bid in the fifth when Dale Murphy hit a pinch-hit homer into the left field seats. Murphy, who had been expected to miss action after cutting his hand Tuesday, played in his 676th straight game -- the longest active streak in the major leagues.
*Padres 5, Cardinals 0: Mark Thurmond pitched 6 1/3 perfect innings and finished with a one-hitter -- Willie McGee's blooper in the seventh -- as San Diego beat visiting St. Louis.
Thurmond (2-1) retired the first 19 batters before McGee's single fell beyond shortstop Garry Templeton and in front of center fielder Kevin McReynolds.
*Expos 8, Reds 0: Jay Tibbs shut out his former teammates on four hits and Tim Raines, Hubie Brooks and Tim Wallach led a 13-hit attack as Montreal won in Cincinnati. Raines had three singles and a double, Brooks drove in four runs and Wallach had his fourth homer as the Expos handed Tom Browning his third loss.
*Giants 6, Pirates 5: Chris Brown delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and singled home the winning run with two out and the bases loaded in the 12th as the Giants beat Pittsburgh in San Francisco.
It was the third straight loss for the Pirates. Johnny Ray's bases-loaded single in the sixth had put the Pirates ahead, 5-4.
*Astros 1, Phillies 0: Mike Scott and three relievers pitched a six-hitter and Glenn Davis homered in the fourth inning to lead Houston in Philadelphia.
Scott (3-2) gave up six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
*Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: Mike Marshall, Franklin Stubbs and Steve Sax each hit home runs and Bob Welch allowed only six hits as Dodgers beat Chicago in Los Angeles and won their fourth straight game. Loser Dennis Eckersley (0-2) also allowed six hits.