Mark McGwire added his name to a couple more record book categories yesterday by hitting his 60th homer during the Cardinals' 7-5 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati.
His solo shot in the eighth inning off Scott Sullivan made him the third player to hit 400 homers in a decade. Babe Ruth had 467 in the 1920s and Jimmie Foxx had 415 in the 1930s.
"I think all this stuff will hit me when I'm retired," McGwire said. "Obviously it's very meaningful to me. When I'm retired I can sit back and think of all I've accomplished."
He didn't think that another 60-homer season would be on the list.
McGwire has spent much of the season chasing Sammy Sosa, who hit his 60th eight days earlier in Chicago and became the first to reach that level twice.
"I never thought I'd get [to 60 home runs] again," McGwire said. "To have two people do it in two consecutive years is pretty amazing.
"A lot of people didn't think we could do it again -- myself included."
Just as he did last year on his way to 70, McGwire hit No. 60 off the Reds.
The 40,000 fans showed up yesterday hoping to see the Reds win and McGwire hit only his second career homer in Cincinnati. McGwire flew out to the warning track in his first at-bat, then homered in the eighth, drawing applause from the fans.
BRAVES 10, EXPOS 0: Atlanta's champagne celebration was as sweet as ever. And it didn't take long to get underway.
John Smoltz won for the first time in more than a month, and the Braves clinched their eighth straight division title with the win in Montreal.
"They're all good," Braves Manager Bobby Cox said. "We're not tired of winning these things at all. This year, everybody thought it was going to be more of a struggle I guess, and maybe it was."
Eddie Perez's three-run double capped a five-run first off Jeremy Powell (3-8), and Smoltz (10-8) allowed six hits in eight innings and went 2 for 3 with a double.
PHILLIES 3, METS 2: In Philadelphia, the Mets' promising season declined further into shambles with their sixth straight loss as New York was beaten by a pair of former Mets. Paul Byrd (15-10) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and Rico Brogna hit a two-run homer in the fourth.
BREWERS 11, ASTROS 3: Marquis Grissom went 4 for 6 with a homer and five RBI, and rookie Kyle Peterson got the victory as the Brewers won the final two games of the three-game series in Milwaukee.
PIRATES 8, CUBS 4: Kevin Young hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run 11th inning as the Pirates held Sammy Sosa homerless in his Wrigley Field season finale.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, GIANTS 1: In San Francisco, Omar Daal (16-9) allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Greg Colbrunn homered and had two other hits as the Diamondbacks won their fifth straight.
DODGERS 10, PADRES 7: Pinch hitters Trenidad Hubbard and Jose Vizcaino drove in two runs each to spark a six-run rally in the seventh inning as the Dodgers won their final home game of the season.
ROCKIES 8, MARLINS 6: Todd Helton hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh as Colorado beat host Florida.