Grand day for baseball, Dodgers

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 22, 2000

The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the biggest contributors to the biggest day for baseball’s biggest hit.

Monday, May 22, 2000

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The Los Angeles Dodgers were the biggest contributors to the biggest day for baseball’s biggest hit.

Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green hit grand slams – two of a record-setting six in the majors Sunday – as the Dodgers hit two slams in a game for the third time in franchise history.

”It is exciting to be a part of history,” Green said after Los Angeles’ 12-3 win at Florida. ”Especially with the Dodgers and their illustrious past.”

It was the first time the Dodgers hit two grand slams in a game since Aug. 23, 1985, when Pedro Guerrero and Mariano Duncan did it against Montreal. Joe Kelley and Samuel Sheckard did it for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 23, 1908, at Cincinnati.

The Dodgers weren’t the only team to go deep with the bases loaded Sunday.

San Francisco’s J.T. Snow capped an 11-run sixth inning at Milwaukee with a grand slam as the Giants beat the Brewers 16-10.

Philadelphia’s Brian Hunter, who entered the game in a 3-for-24 slump, hit his third career grand slam in the third inning off Colorado’s Masato Yoshii, accounting for all the Phillies’ runs in a 4-3 victory at home.

Along with a record four slams in the NL, Oakland’s Jason Giambi and Anaheim’s Garret Anderson hit bases-loaded homers in the AL.

Dodgers 12, Marlins 3

The homers by Beltre and Green backed Kevin Brown (3-1), who retired 17 straight batters after Luis Castillo singled to lead off the third inning.

Brown allowed an unearned run in the first inning and a two-run homer to Cliff Floyd in the ninth.

Brown pitched a seven-hitter and struck out six for his first win since beating the Marlins on April 30.

Giants 16, Brewers 10

Snow also had an RBI single in San Francisco’s biggest inning in three seasons as the Giants emphatically snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Terrell Lowery had a career-high five hits and Armando Rios drove in four runs for the Giants, who finally won on the last day of a nine-game road trip. Eight starters drove in a run as San Francisco pounded out 20 hits in its biggest offensive day of the year.

Phillies 4, Rockies 3

Backed by Hunter’s homer off Yoshii (1-5), Robert Person (4-2) struck out 10 as Philadelphia ended a rough homestand.

The Phillies finished 2-7 while at Veterans Stadium and begin a nine-game road trip to Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Bubba Carpenter hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth off Jeff Brantley.

Mets 7, Diamondbacks 6

New York battered Randy Johnson in his worst outing of the year completing a three-game home sweep on Derek Bell’s run-scoring single in the ninth.

Johnson, who won his first seven starts before losing at Montreal last week, gave up five runs and eight hits – all for extra bases – in 6 2-3 innings, and didn’t get a decision.

He matched his season high with 13 strikeouts, reaching double figures for the ninth time in 10 starts this year.

Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo and Joe McEwing homered off Johnson.

Braves 12, Padres 6

Brian Jordan homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, and Andres Galarraga went 5-for-5 as host Atlanta won for the eight time in nine games.

Tom Glavine (7-1) pitched six solid innings despite suffering from food poisoning the past few days.

Expos 8, Astros 3

Lee Stevens hit a three-run homer and rookie Andy Tracy also homered off Jose Lima as Montreal completed the three-game sweep.

Houston lost its fifth in a row as Lima (1-7) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, giving him an 8.77 ERA.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 5

Mark McGwire hit a two-run homer – the 540th of his career – and drove in three runs as visiting St. Louis overcame four Pittsburgh homers.

The homer off Todd Ritchie (2-3) was McGwire’s major league-leading 18th and fourth in four games.