Bill Russell's suicide squeeze in the 11th inning gave the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets last night in Los Angeles.
Dave Anderson opened with an infield hit off Jesse Orosco (0-1). Mike Marshall hit into a force, then went to third when Mike Scioscia singled. Russell, batting for Greg Brock, dropped a 1-0 pitch down the third-base line for the first run scored off Orosco in 13 games this season.
*Phillies 3, Giants 0: Steve Carlton and Kent Tekulve pitched a five-hitter in San Francisco.
In winning his 316th game, Carlton (2-5) struck out four and walked none. He left after giving up two singles with one out in the eighth. Tekulve struck out Joel Youngblood and got Luis Quinones to ground out, then worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.
*Reds 7, Pirates 2: Buddy Bell, who had had two RBI all season, got three with a double and a triple to help win the game in Cincinnati.
John Denny (2-4) struck out seven, walked three and allowed four hits in six innings. John Franco relieved in the seventh and earned his fifth save.
*Braves 6, Cardinals 2: Bob Horner doesn't like hitting .231, but his two RBI enabled him to enjoy the victory in Atlanta.
"I'm hitting fourth and I'm supposed to drive in runs," he said. "I'm struggling at the plate, but my job is to drive in runs, and as long as I do that, I'm comfortable."
He had an RBI single in the first inning and then broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a fly ball.
*Astros 9, Cubs 6: Glenn Davis' three RBI included one that highlighted a six-run sixth inning in Houston.
Trailing by 6-3, the Astros sent 10 men to the plate in the sixth and scored six runs off three Cubs pitchers. Kevin Bass led off with a single, went to second on a groundout and scored on Terry Puhl's single off Jay Baller (1-2).
After Mark Bailey grounded out, the Astros had six straight hits. Alan Ashby's pinch-hit RBI single made it 6-4. Bill Doran singled, Dickie Thon and Jose Cruz doubled, then Davis singled.
*Expos 3, Padres 2: Montreal's Mike Fitzgerald, Mitch Webster and Hubie Brooks hit home runs in San Diego.
Andy Hawkins (2-3) entered the seventh with a one-hitter and a 1-0 lead, but Mitch Webster tied the game with his third homer this season. Fitzgerald homered in the eighth.
Brooks hit his eighth homer, off Lance McCullers in the ninth, tying him for the NL lead.