Dodgers starter Darren Dreifort had the biggest hit of the game. Mets infielder Matt Franco ended the day on the mound at Shea Stadium.

That's the kind of afternoon it was for New York.

Raul Mondesi homered twice and Dreifort hit a three-run homer and snapped his three-game losing streak in Los Angeles' 14-3 victory.

The Mets, who won 17 of their first 21 games after the all-star break, lost back-to-back games for the first time since July 7-8 against Montreal. The Dodgers rallied with three runs in the ninth Saturday to beat the Mets, who are playing without injured closer John Franco.

Matt Franco took the mound for the second time in his career and reliever Chuck McElroy went to left field.

"He threw me a couple of curveballs, maybe a slider and a fastball, I guess," said Todd Hollandsworth, who walked on four pitches with the bases loaded. "I was going to take him deep. I wasn't looking for a little single."

ASTROS 6, CUBS 2: Mike Hampton pitched four-hit ball for seven innings to become the NL's first 16-game winner, and Carl Everett drove in three runs as Houston defeated the Cubs in Chicago. The Cubs have lost 13 of 17 games and are 10 games below .500, a season low. Houston, meanwhile, has won 13 of 17 games.

EXPOS 4, PADRES 2: Chris Widger and Shane Andrews hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning, lifting Montreal over visiting San Diego.

With one out, Widger connected against reliever Carlos Reyes (3-2) for his 13th homer. Andrews followed with his seventh on a 3-0 pitch, a shot that cleared the stands behind the outfield wall down the left field line.

"I hit that ball pretty good," Andrews said. "I just thank [Expos Manager Felipe Alou] for giving me the green light on 3-0."

REDS 8, BREWERS 2: The sign above the bleachers is long gone, but the left field seats at County Stadium are still very much "Vaughn's Valley."

Greg Vaughn, a two-time all-star while playing for Milwaukee from 1989 to '96, hit a three-run homer that helped Pete Harnisch win his career-best sixth consecutive decision as Cincinnati beat the Brewers.

"For a home run hitter, the ball doesn't really carry that well, but I'm comfortable here," said Vaughn, traded to San Diego late in the 1996 season.

GIANTS 5, BRAVES 2: Six years after beating the Braves the first time he faced them, Kirk Rueter finally figured out how to do it again.

Rueter worked six strong innings despite fatigue and an aching left shoulder as San Francisco avoided a sweep in Atlanta.

PIRATES 5, CARDINALS 1: Kris Benson made his third consecutive strong start, holding St. Louis to a run over seven innings and striking out Mark McGwire with the bases full in the seventh to lead Pittsburgh to a home win. The Pirates have won seven of nine and eight of 12, a stretch in which their starting pitchers have a 1.93 ERA.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, PHILLIES 4: This math added up for Arizona: The best home run hitting team in the NL against the pitcher who had allowed the most homers in the league.

The Diamondbacks made the equation work effectively as Luis Gonzalez and Damian Miller hit two more home runs off Chad Ogea en route to a victory over Philadelphia.

"This team can hit the long ball, no question about it," Gonzalez said. "You don't go up there looking for a home run. You just want to get good swings at the opposing pitchers. And, we've been able to do that lately."

MARLINS 2, ROCKIES 1: Rookie Ryan Dempster and Antonio Alfonseca combined on a four-hitter and Florida defeated Colorado to complete a three-game sweep.

The Rockies, who lead the NL in batting, were outscored 15-3 in the series and limited to a total of 14 hits.