Astros RF Derek Bell was listed as day-to-day yesterday with a pulled muscle in his rib cage after undergoing tests at a hospital.

Bell was replaced in the starting lineup by Ryan Thompson after he was taken to a hospital complaining of abdominal pains.

Team officials said Bell suffered the injury in his last at-bat in Friday night's 13-inning victory over the Cubs.

RED HOT: In the past week, the Reds tied an NL record for home runs in a game (nine), set major league records for home runs in two consecutive games (14) and four consecutive games (17), and tied the major league record for homers in five consecutive games (21).

"I've had to shake so many hands the last few days, I have to ice down my arm after every game," first-base coach Dave Collins said. "If those guys had been on horses, I would have thought I was watching a merry-go-round."

Remarkably, none of those 21 home runs was hit by all-star SS Barry Larkin. Larkin entered the weekend having gone 71 games since his last home run, the longest drought of his career. Until Greg Vaughn did it this year, Larkin was the last Cincinnati player to homer 30 times in a season (33 in 1996).

ODDS AND ENDS: In the Giants' 3-2 win over the Braves yesterday, San Francisco's Ellis Burks went 0 for 3 on his 35th birthday. Giants CF F.J. Santangelo left the game in the sixth inning with a tight left hamstring. . . . The Braves' Tom Glavine made his 31st start, tied for second most in the NL. . . . Billy Wagner's next save will tie him with Doug Jones for the Astros club record of 36 saves. The Astros are the only team in the major leagues with an unbeaten record (72-0) when leading after eight innings.