Robin Ventura hit three-run homers in consecutive at-bats and Al Leiter won his fifth straight start, leading the New York Mets over the Florida Marlins, 10-4, last night in Miami.
Edgardo Alfonzo added a double and two-run triple as the Mets won for the 16th time in 21 games. Florida, swept by the Mets in a three-game series last week, has lost 11 of 13 overall and is 2-8 against New York.
New York overcame a Marlins lead for the fourth straight game, with Ventura's fourth-inning homer off Brian Meadows (5-9) putting the Mets ahead 3-2.
Ventura homered off Vic Darensbourg for a 9-2 lead in a six-run fifth, increasing his home run total to 15. It was Ventura's first multihomer game this season, the 16th of his career. He became the first Met with six RBI in a game since Todd Hundley drove in seven on May 18, 1996.
Since New York fired pitching coach Bob Apodaca on June 5 and replaced him with Dave Wallace, Leiter is 5-0 with a 2.62 ERA in five starts, including two wins against Florida in a six-day span.
Meadows allowed three runs and six hits in four innings.
BRAVES 13, EXPOS 5: Andruw Jones homered twice, including a three-run drive in a five-run first inning that led Atlanta over host Montreal.
Jones, who went 3 for 5, homered in the first off Miguel Batista (6-5) and in the seventh off Anthony Telford, raising his season total to 14. It was Jones's first multihomer game of the season, the seventh of his career.
Ryan Klesko went 3 for 4 with four RBI; the Braves had 16 hits.
Kevin Millwood (9-4), who has the most victories among Braves' pitchers, won his third consecutive start, allowing five runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in five innings.
Batista allowed seven runs and seven hits, getting just three outs in his shortest outing this season. Montreal has lost three straight and five of six.
Brian Jordan had two RBI, including a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the first. Klesko followed with a run-scoring single before Jones's homer.
PIRATES 3, PHILLIES 2: Adrian Brown singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and Greg Hansell won for the first time in three years as Pittsburgh beat visiting Philadelphia.
Kevin Young singled off Steve Montgomery (0-3) with one out in the 10th and Jason Kendall popped out.
Hansell (1-0) won for the first time since May 29, 1996.
PADRES 8, ROCKIES 7: Host San Diego beat Colorado to extend its winning streak to 10, the longest in the majors this year.