Carl Pavano allowed seven hits in the opener to lead Florida to a 7-0 victory over Chicago on Friday at Wrigley Field. Florida got to Kerry Wood (7-7) for six runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six innings.
In the nightcap, Chicago's Moises Alou and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers to lead the Cubs to an 11-2 rout to gain the split.
After a miserable opening performance that had the Wrigley Field booing -- the Cubs made three errors and let another catchable ball fall in the outfield -- Chicago responded with a season-high 18 hits in the second game.
Pavano (17-5), who started Game 6 of the NLCS, won his fifth straight start and pitched his second shutout of the season. His 17th win matched the franchise record held by Kevin Brown and Alex Fernandez. Pavano struck out Sammy Sosa with runners on second and third to end it, finishing with six strikeouts and no walks.
* DODGERS 7, CARDINALS 6: Steve Finley drove in the go-ahead run for the third consecutive game, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh to lead host Los Angeles to victory in a matchup of division leaders.
Adrian Beltre hit his major league-leading 45th homer, a three-run drive that helped the Dodgers win their fourth straight and increased their NL West lead to six games over San Francisco. The Cardinals, who swept the Dodgers at home last weekend, retained a 17-game lead in the NL Central, although they lost for the third time in four games.
* PHILLIES 9, METS 5: One night after his most embarrassing moment in the major leagues, Jason Michaels went 4 for 5 with a homer and four RBI to lead Philadelphia to the road victory.
On Thursday, Michaels accidentally swatted Charles Thomas's drive over the center field fence for a bizarre home run in Atlanta.
* REDS 6, BREWERS 4: Wily Mo Pena homered for the second straight night, and host Cincinnati snapped a four-game losing streak.
Adam Dunn stole home on a double steal in the fifth for the Reds.
* BRAVES 4, EXPOS 3: Johnny Estrada hit a three-run homer and host Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Braves avoided their longest losing streak of the season, despite being out hit 13-6, and extended their NL East lead to 71/2 games over Florida.
John Thomson (11-8) gave up three hits and an unearned run in the first, but Charles Thomas ended the inning by throwing out Terrmel Sledge at the plate.
* PIRATES 6, ASTROS 1: Rookie John Van Benschoten allowed five hits in eight innings for his first major league win, and Pittsburgh won in Houston.
Houston, which had won 12 straight before losing the opener of Thursday's doubleheader, has lost two of three for the first time since Aug. 20-22 against the Cubs.
* DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1: On his 41st birthday, Randy Johnson finally was rewarded for a standout performance, thanks to Doug DeVore's two-run homer, and host Arizona snapped a seven-game skid.
San Francisco (77-65) is tied with Houston in the wild-card race, one percentage point behind the Cubs (65-63). The Giants had won eight straight over the Diamondbacks.
* PADRES 10, ROCKIES 4: Khalil Greene and Ryan Klesko each hit three-run homers, and visiting San Diego took advantage of another shaky outing by Colorado's bullpen.
Starter Brian Lawrence kept San Diego close and Greene provided the big blow in the seventh, helping the Padres to stay close in the NL wild-card race.