New York Mets bats awaken against Brewers


Benny Agbayani homered and drove in three runs as the New York Mets’ bats awoke from their silent September to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2.

After Tuesday’s win, the Mets, who had scored only 30 runs in losing eight of 10 this month, are two games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East and 4 1/2 ahead of Arizona in the wild card race.

Bobby J. Jones (9 5) made that hold up, allowing two runs and seven hits in eight efficient innings. Jones struck out five and walked two, improving to 5-0 in his last nine starts.

John Snyder (3-9) took the loss for Milwaukee. Marlins 5, Braves 4 In Atlanta, the Atlanta Braves’ NL East lead is dwindling again.

Kevin Millwood was chased in the seventh inning and Florida survived a rough ninth inning to beat the Braves, cutting Atlanta’s NL East lead to two games over second-place New York.

Atlanta, which has lost three straight, trailed 5-2 before Reggie Sanders’ RBI single in the eighth chased Jesus Sanchez (9-10).

Antonio Alfonseca walked pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla leading off the ninth, then gave up consecutive singles to Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones as Atlanta closed within a run. Cubs 2, Reds 1 In Cincinnati, Kerry Wood pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game since elbow surgery almost 1 1/2 years ago, leading Chicago over Cincinnati.

Expos 1, Phillies 0 In Philadelphia, Jose Vidro’s homer in the top of the eighth snapped a scoreless tie, and Tony Armas pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as Montreal blanked Philadelphia.

Giants 9, Astros 5 In Houston, Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds and Bill Mueller all homered as San Francisco rallied past Houston for the second straight night, beating the Astros for their 12th win in 14 games.

Cardinals 11, Pirates 1 In Pittsburgh, Darryl Kile won his fourth consecutive start and Mike Matheny drove in three runs as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.

Mark McGwire grounded to shortstop in the first inning, making him 1-for-4 with one home run in five plate appearances since he was activated from the disabled list last week.

McGwire, who can’t play the field because of patella tendinitis in his right knee, was listed as a left fielder and was replaced by Craig Paquette after the top of the first.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4 In Phoenix, David Dellucci drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning as Arizona beat Los Angeles.

Arizona remained 4 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in the wild card race and 8 1/2 games behind San Francisco, the NL West leader.

Rockies 6, Padres 3 In San Diego, Masato Yoshii pitched five strong innings lifting Colorado to a win over San Diego.

Colorado’s Todd Helton, the National League’s leading hitter, went 2-for-3 with a walk and raised his average to .381. He was 1-for-11 in his previous three games.