Darryl Strawberry tied the score with a single in the eighth inning and scored on Lance McCullers' wild pitch in the 11th yesterday in San Diego to lead the New York Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Padres.
Strawberry, who went three for three, led off the 11th with a single off loser Craig Lefferts (3-2). With one out, Strawberry stole second and Mookie Wilson drew a walk. With Howard Johnson at bat, Strawberry and Wilson executed a double steal, after which Johnson was walked intentionally.
"In a situation like that we have a green light to run the bases," said Strawberry. "We go if we think we can get a good jump. Those are the kind of situations where you have to use your head."
McCullers relieved Lefferts and his second pitch to Ed Hearn was wild, allowing Strawberry to score from third. Hearn then walked, re-loading the bases. Pitcher Jesse Orosco (1-2) scored Wilson with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
The Mets had tied the score at 2-2 in the eighth on Strawberry's RBI single. Wally Backman opened with a single off starter Eric Show. Rich Gossage took over and threw a wild pitch, allowing Backman to reach second. Backman reached third on Keith Hernandez's groundout and scored on Strawberry's single to short center.
Astros 3, Cubs 1: Mark Bailey doubled home two runs in the top of the 11th inning in Chicago to give Houston the victory.
Phil Garner drew a walk off Chicago relief ace Lee Smith (2-4) to open the inning and stole second. Kevin Bass struck out, but Craig Reynolds was given an intentional walk before Bailey doubled to right-center, scoring both runners.
"It's been a long time between hits," said Bailey, who had gone one for 25 before the double.
Charlie Kerfeld (4-1) got the win and Dave Smith picked up his 11th save. Starter Mike Scott struck out a career-high 10 in eight innings, boosting his NL-leading total to 87.
Braves 6, Cardinals 2: Billy Sample drove in two runs with a homer and sacrifice fly and Glenn Hubbard doubled and singled home two more as Atlanta won in St. Louis in a game called after 5 1/2 innings because of rain.
Rick Mahler (4-4) pitched a five-hitter, striking out three and walking two to give the Braves their eighth victory in 10 games.
Sample homered on the game's first pitch from Tim Conroy (2-3) and delivered a sacrifice fly in the second inning as Atlanta scored two runs in each of the first three innings.
Braves Manager Chuck Tanner started four reserves in the game, including Sample.
"Yeah, we know we're all going to get the day games after night, the Dwight Goodens and the twi-lighters," said Sample, who came to Atlanta from the New York Yankees. "But that's fine with me."
The game was called after a wait of 1 hour 27 minutes. The outcome prevented St. Louis from registering its first three-game sweep of the season.
"It should have rained an hour earlier -- then maybe we'd have had a chance," said Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog.
Reds 7, Pirates 4: In Pittsburgh, Cincinnati stretched its longest winning streak of the season to four games as Eric Davis homered and rookie Wade Rowdon and Eddie Milner hit run-scoring doubles.
John Denny (3-5) beat the Pirates for the second time in nine days and is 6-1 against them in the last two seasons.
Pittsburgh Manager Jim Leyland blasted the team in an obscenity-laced clubhouse tirade after the loss, the Pirates' 14th in 19 home games this season.
Leyland refused to discuss his expletive-filled outburst with reporters, saying, "I'm not going to talk about what happened in here. If you don't want to talk about the game, then get out of here."
Johnny Ray, the Pirates' second baseman and the National League's leading hitter for most of the season, was the first player to exit the locker room. "That's about the 34th time this year," he said, referring to Leyland's outburst.
Said Leyland: "I'm bullheaded and I don't like to lose. I won't concede anything to the enemy."
Giants 11, Expos 3: Mike LaCoss held visiting Montreal to four hits in eight innings for his fifth victory in less than a month and also went four for four with three RBI to key San Francisco's victory.
LaCoss (5-1) yielded a three-run homer to Tim Wallach in the first inning, the 100th home run of Wallach's career, then didn't allow another hit until Wayne Krenchicki's pinch double in the eighth as Montreal lost for only the sixth time in its last 21 games.
The Giants, who had 16 hits, jumped on Bryn Smith (3-4) for five runs in the second inning.
Dodgers 5, Phillies 2: Bill Madlock's tie-breaking two-run single through third baseman Mike Schmidt's legs in the seventh inning helped Los Angeles beat visiting Philadelphia.
Winning pitcher Orel Hershiser (5-3) started the seventh with a one-out single. Steve Sax walked and both runners advanced on Ken Landreaux's grounder to pitcher Kevin Gross (3-5) up the first base line before Madlock's tie-breaking smash. Atlanta's Glenn Hubbard scores on Billy Sample's sacrifice fly as St. Louis catcher Mike La Valliere is late with the tag. (UPI)