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August 30, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ Fred McGriff homered twice and Nomar Garciaparra didn’t get a hit at all on Saturday as the Atlanta Braves continued to exact their revenge on the team that chased them out of Boston, beating the Red Sox 15-2.

Garciaparra’s hit streak ended at 30 _ a record for AL rookies and tied for the longest in the majors this year _ but short of Benito Santiago’s rookie record of 34.

Kevin Millwood (3-3) got Garciaparra to hit three fly balls, one of them a sacrifice fly, and reliever Mike Cather got him on a line drive to left in his last at-bat, in the eighth.

A day after winning 9-1 in their first game in Boston since the franchise moved to Milwaukee in 1953, Atlanta clobbered the Red Sox again. The Braves got 19 hits and matched a season-high for runs, with Chipper Jones tying an Atlanta record by scoring five times.

McGriff was 4-for-5 with five RBIs. He hit a pair of two-run homers and added an RBI single in the fourth, scoring on Ryan Klesko’s homer to make it 9-0. Tim Wakefield (9-15) was tagged for seven runs in 3 2-3 innings.

Dodgers 11, Mariners 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ramon Martinez held Seattle to three hits in six innings and singled twice himself, and Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer Saturday to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Seattle Mariners.

A sellout crowd of 53,638 watched as the NL West-leading Dodgers won their fifth straight and 10th in 11 games. The loss was the fourth straight in a row for the AL West-leading Mariners, who still haven’t won a game at a NL park in seven tries.

Martinez (8-3), looking completely recovered from a torn rotator cuff that sidelined him from June 15 to Aug. 20, struck out seven and walked two in his second start since returning. Darren Dreifort pitched the final three innings for his second save.

Eric Karros hit his 27th homer and ninth in interleague play, tying San Francisco’s J.T. Snow for most in the majors. Bob Wolcott (5-6) was the loser.

Giants 7, Angels 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Shawn Estes became the second NL pitcher with 18 wins and J.T. Snow hit a pair of two-run homers as the San Francisco Giants defeated the fading Anaheim Angels.

Jose Vizcaino added a two-run homer and an RBI double as the Giants stayed 2 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West. Despite their 10th loss in 15 games, the Angels remained one game behind Seattle in the AL West.

Estes (18-4), who has won his last six decisions, allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. He tied Atlanta’s Denny Neagle for most wins by an NL pitcher this season.

Estes, who has not lost since July 18, allowed Rickey Henderson’s record 72nd leadoff home run.

Dennis Springer (8-7) allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings.

Expos 7, Yankees 2

NEW YORK (AP) _ Darrin Fletcher hit a three-run homer, thanks to help from a fan in a familiar area of Yankee Stadium, and Pedro Martinez pitched the Montreal Expos past New York.

Rondell White went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Expos improved baseball’s best interleague record to 9-2.

Martinez (16-6) gave up a leadoff single to Derek Jeter in the first, then retired 21 of the next 22 batters. He fanned 10 and set a team record with 255 strikeouts.

Fletcher’s three-run homer in the second off David Wells (14-8) provided some controversy and gave Yankees fans a chance to reminisce about the 1996 season.

Fletcher hit a deep fly that right fielder Paul O’Neill seemed to have lined up as he approached the wall. O’Neill timed his leap perfectly but came down empty handed as a fan pulled the ball over the wall, giving Fletcher a three-run homer.

O’Neill threw his arms up in disgust and yelled toward the young man, who celebrated his catch before being ejected by stadium security.

The play was similar to the one in Game 1 of the ALCS last year between New York and Baltimore. With the Yankees trailing 4-3 in the eighth, 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier became a household name when he reached over the railing to turn Jeter’s fly into a game-tying solo homer by swiping the ball away from Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco.

Umpire Rich Garcia, who was standing near Tarasco on Oct. 9 and ruled a homer, worked third Saturday.

Marlins 4, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO (AP) _ Alex Fernandez allowed three hits in eight innings and the Florida Marlins moved a franchise-record 24 games over .500 with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fernandez (17-9), just 4-5 despite a 1.87 ERA in 16 career starts against the Blue Jays while pitching for the Chicago White Sox, gave up one run. He struck out seven and walked one.

Robb Nen pitched the ninth for his 32nd save. The Blue Jays finished with three hits, all by Shawn Green.

The Marlins (79-55) improved to 8-3 in interleague play. Toronto is 4-7.

Chris Carpenter (1-6) shut out Florida on five hits until the seventh, when the Marlins took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run.

Mets 13, Orioles 6

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Bernard Gilkey had three hits, including a three-run homer, as the Mets ended the Baltimore Orioles’ run of success against New York teams.

Gilkey tied his career high with four RBIs and Luis Lopez drove in a season-high three runs for the Mets who used a 19-hit attack to improve to 3-8 in interleague play.

Edgardo Alfonzo tied a career-high with four hits and drove in two. He is 17-for-29 in his last seven games.

The Orioles were 5-0 this year against New York teams, taking four from the Yankees before beating the Mets on Friday. Baltimore also went 3-0-1 against the Mets in spring training.

Chris Hoiles had two singles and a homer for the Orioles, who fell to 8-3 against NL teams.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 48,068, many of whom were cheering for the Mets. Chants of ``Let’s Go Mets!″ were instantly greeted by boos from Oriole fans.

Brian Bohanon (4-3) got the win despite allowing a season-high five earned runs in five innings. Cory Lidle pitched four innings for his second save. Terry Mathews (3-3) took the loss.

Cubs 9, Indians 4

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Doug Glanville homered and had three hits, and Mark Grace hit his 10th homer and an RBI triple as the last-place Chicago Cubs defeated the first-place Cleveland Indians.

Kevin Tapani (4-3), who spent portions of eight seasons in the American League with Minnesota and the White Sox, pitched 5 2-3 innings in his eighth start after missing four months with a finger injury.

David Justice hit his 30th homer for the Indians, giving him his second 30-homer season. He had 40 homers in 1993 with the Atlanta Braves.

John Smiley (2-4) had his second poor outing in six starts since he was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on July 31. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, including homers by Grace and Glanville.