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Jordan's slam leads Cards' rout of Phils National League


ST. LOUIS -- Brian Jordan hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and the St. Louis Cardinals routed Philadelphia, 14-5, yesterday to move within 5 1/2 games of the National League East-leading Phillie.

The Cardinals, who were 11 1/2 games out June 14, took three of four from the Phillies and have won 10 of 12. They set a season high for runs and outscored the Phillies, 36-22, in the series.

"I hope they feel like they're in a race," Cardinals starter Bob Tewksbury said. "Heck, yeah. If they don't think we can chase them down, they're doing us a favor."

Philadelphia has lost five of its past six and this was the low-water mark for catcher Darren Daulton.

"This is the most embarrassing game I've ever been a part of, and I've been on some very bad teams, and I've been a very, very, very bad player before," Daulton said. "I think [the Cardinals] were embarrassed for us.

Tewksbury (9-6) pitched eight innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits to win his fifth straight decision. He retired 14 batters in a row at one point and didn't walk a batter for his third straight start. Les Lancaster pitched the final inning and allowed a homer to Milt Thompson.

Gregg Jefferies went 3-for-3 with two RBI, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Leadoff hitter Bernard Gilkey had his second straight four-hit game, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored.

Jordan, a Milford Mill graduate, hit his first career grand slam off reliever Mark Davis in the Cardinals' seven-run third.

Curt Schilling (8-4) gave up 11 hits and 11 runs -- seven earned -- in 2 2/3 innings. He has lost his past three starts, surrendering 15 earned runs and 26 hits in 12 innings.

"It was pathetic," Schilling said. "I embarrassed myself, and I embarrassed the organization."

Astros 8, Reds 1

CINCINNATI -- Pete Harnisch pitched eight innings to end his three-game losing streak and Houston scored four runs in the eighth.

Andujar Cedeno and Eddie Taubensee had two-run singles, as the Astros broke the game open in the eighth. Luis Gonzalez drove in a pair of runs to stake Harnisch (7-5) to a 4-1 lead after six.

Harnisch gave up six hits and won for the first time since June 4.

It hinged on eight pitches in the fifth inning.

Harnisch basically had a choice of pitching to Hal Morris or pitching around him to bring up Kevin Mitchell with the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied at 1.

An easy choice, as far as Harnisch was concerned. Mitchell was 1-for-8 in his career off the right-hander.

"Morris has hurt me in the past," said Harnisch, who wound up walking him. "Actually, I'd rather face Mitchell there. That might sound pretty stupid. I was pretty confident in my high fastball tonight."

That's what Mitchell got -- a lot of high fastballs. He fouled off four, including a liner to right field that was foul by a foot, before hitting a fly ball to right on a 2-2 count.

Mitchell went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 20 games, second-longest in the NL this season.

Gonzalez homered and had an RBI ground out off Jose Rijo (6-4). Rijo gave up four runs on six hits and four walks in seven innings, and remained winless since May 22.

Braves 4, Rockies 0

ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine pitched a four-hitter and Sid Bream and Greg Olson hit home runs, as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep.

It was Atlanta's second sweep of the season, and its fifth win in six games. The Braves took a four-game series in Colorado in May.

Glavine (10-3) walked none and struck out two in his fourth complete game of the season. He pitched his second shutout of the year and the 12th of his career.

Only one Rockies runner reached second. Jayhawk Owens doubled with two out in the eighth.

"I try to go the economic route when I've got my good stuff and good location," said Glavine, who needed only 79 pitches in a 2-1 win over New York on June 15.

"You can survive [without good hitting] with that kind of pitching," Colorado manager Don Baylor said. "That's how you win. That's why the guy won the Cy Young and wins 20 games each year."

Marlins 7, Mets 5

MIAMI -- Charlie Hough outpitched Dwight Gooden and Florida avoided being swept in a home series for the first time.

Jeff Conine drove in four runs with a double, single and ground out.

Hough (4-8) pitched seven innings and allowed six hits, including bases-empty home runs by Gooden and rookie Jeromy Burnitz. The victory was the second for Hough since the first week of the season.

"It's nice to see Charlie get a win," manager Rene Lachemann said. "He should have a lot more of them. He's been our most consistent starter."

"I didn't outpitch Dwight Gooden," Hough said. "We just won the game."

Gooden (7-8) lost his fourth consecutive start. He retired 14 in a row before the Marlins scored three insurance runs in the eighth. Gooden went the distance, allowing 11 hits and striking out nine for a season high.

Chico Walker hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Matt Turner. Bryan Harvey relieved for his 23rd save.

Expos 7, Pirates 5

MONTREAL -- Rookie Tim Laker's three-run double capped a six-run third inning for Montreal.

The Expos won three straight from the Pirates after losing the first game of the series.

Pittsburgh hit seven doubles, but lost for the 12th time in 13 road games.

Mel Rojas (4-6) worked three scoreless innings in relief of starter Kent Bottenfield, who lasted 4 1/3 innings.

John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

The Pirates took advantage of some sloppy defense to go ahead 3-0 in the second.

The Expos reached Steve Cooke (5-4) for six runs in the third.

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