Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam to become the first player to reach 40 home runs this year, and Alex Cora homered and had five RBI to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Expos, 10-2, last night in Montreal.
Los Angeles scored eight times in the fifth, its biggest inning of the season. Beltre connected off Rocky Biddle (4-7) for his fourth career slam, his second this season, and Cora hit a three-run drive against Francis Beltran.
"It's a number that I didn't think about the last few years," said Beltre, who hit 23 homers last season -- his previous career high. "To get to 30, and to hit 40 already is a big accomplishment for me. Hopefully, I can hit some more to help the team get to the playoffs."
Cora had an RBI single in the second and a run-scoring grounder in the ninth, tying his career high for RBI.
Kazuhisa Ishii (12-6), who had been 0-2 in six starts since July 16, allowed two runs in 71/3 innings. Masao Kida, whose contract was purchased from Class AAA Las Vegas earlier in the day, got the last five outs.
Los Angeles, which increased its NL West lead to five games over second-place San Francisco, is 1-1 on its season-high 13-game trip. The Dodgers have won six of their past nine road games and 17 of 23.
* CUBS 13, BREWERS 4: Moises Alou homered twice and had a career-high six RBI, and Derrek Lee hit a grand slam to lead Chicago at Wrigley Field and send Milwaukee to its seventh straight loss.
Alou hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh as Chicago won for the sixth time in seven games and opened a one-game lead in the NL wild-card race over San Francisco. Alou, who has 31 homers, reached 30 for the third time in his career.
* BRAVES 6, ROCKIES 5: Rafael Furcal went 4 for 4, including a two-run triple in Atlanta's four-run sixth inning, and Eli Marrero drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh to lead the Braves at home.
Marrero and Julio Franco each went 3 for 4 for the Braves, who used 14 hits to rally past the Rockies after falling behind by four runs.
* ASTROS 4, PHILLIES 2: Lance Berkman and Mike Lamb hit RBI singles in the eighth inning and host Houston used a rare relief appearance by Roy Oswalt to defeat Philadelphia.
Oswalt had not relieved since July 2, 2002. He had made 64 straight starts since then, but went only 22/3 innings Sunday against Chicago before being ejected for hitting Michael Barrett.
* MARLINS 7, GIANTS 1: Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run first inning, and Mike Lowell drove in five runs to help Florida win at home.
* REDS 4, CARDINALS 3: Pitching while appealing a 10-day suspension, Julian Tavarez allowed the game-winning run to score in the 10th inning on Darren Bragg's single, giving Cincinnati the win at home.
* PADRES 3, METS 1: David Wells took a shutout into the ninth inning en route to his fifth straight road victory. The only hits against the 41-year-old left-hander until the ninth were a pair of first-inning singles to Jeff Keppinger and Gerald Williams.
* PIRATES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Oliver Perez pitched eight sharp innings, Daryle Ward homered and host Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak.