After being plunked between the shoulders, Michael Barrett offered a few words of advice for Houston right-hander Roy Oswalt when the Chicago Cubs and Astros meet again in a four-game set starting Thursday.

Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Moises Alou also connected and the visiting Cubs beat Houston, 11-6, yesterday in the testy conclusion of a three-game series between the NL Central rivals.

Oswalt, Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and Manager Dusty Baker were ejected.

"I was a little disappointed in Roy," said Barrett, nailed in the back after the homer by Ramirez. "I thought he was better than that. We're going to see him again."

Wood was ejected in the fifth for hitting Jeff Kent with a pitch on the left arm. He had already hit Mike Lamb and Carlos Beltran.

The Cubs were leading 10-2 at the time, and Wood finished two outs short of earning his eighth win.

"Considering that I'm two outs away from the easiest win of my career, obviously I'm not trying to hit the guy," Wood said.

* PHILLIES 9, BREWERS 6: A trip to Milwaukee was just what Philadelphia needed. Having lost nine of 10 at home, including the final seven, the Phillies swept the Brewers after winning the finale in 10 innings.

"When you're playing on the road, you expect to get booed," Phillies Manager Larry Bowa said. "But with the way we played at home recently, we should have gotten booed."

The Phillies earned their latest victory with a five-run 10th inning. The outburst was highlighted by Jason Michaels's RBI single that broke a 4-4 tie and Chase Utley's pinch-hit single that drove in two runs.

* BRAVES 10, DODGERS 1: Jaret Wright won for the 10th time in his last 11 decisions, and J.D. Drew went 3 for 5 with a two-run double in Los Angeles.

"They definitely know how to run an organization over here," Wright said. "They get guys and put them in situations to succeed."

Chipper Jones, one of four players left from the Braves' 1996 NL Division Series sweep of the Dodgers, capped an eight-run second inning with a three-run homer.

* MARLINS 8, PADRES 3: Carl Pavano pitched six solid innings, hit a home run and drove in two for Florida. Luis Castillo also drove in two runs for the Marlins, who won six of nine games on their road trip. Pavano (14-5) allowed two runs -- one earned.

He also hit his second homer of the season leading off the second inning, sending a 413-foot shot off Sterling Hitchcock into the upper deck in left field for a 2-1 lead. Pavano also had an RBI double as part of the Marlins' four-run sixth inning.

* GIANTS 3, METS 1: Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer in the first inning to support a strong effort by Kirk Rueter in San Francisco. Bonds's 693rd career homer and 35th of the season highlighted a three-run first inning, giving Rueter all the offense he needed.

* EXPOS 8, ROCKIES 2: In Denver, Juan Rivera homered and drove in two runs, and Ryan Church had three hits and two RBI in his major league debut. Rivera we 4 for 5 with three runs scored for Montreal, whose first five runs came with two outs.

* CARDINALS 11, PIRATES 4: Edgar Renteria capped a 13-pitch at-bat in the first inning with a three-run homer, and matched his career high with five RBI in St. Louis.

* REDS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 1: In Phoenix, D'Angelo Jimenez hit a three-run homer and Sean Casey added a solo shot and an RBI double for Cincinnati.