Astros: Leadoff batter Brian Hunter was rested for the first time this season, but Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Derek Bell, the 2-3-4 hitters, started for the 26th straight game.

Braves: Atlanta has scored 101 runs in 15 victories and 18 runs in 11 losses.

Cubs: Outfielder Brian McRae stole second in the eighth to make him 12-for-12 this season. . . . The Cubs were without Ryne Sandberg (inner ear infection and dizziness) for the fifth straight game.

Dodgers: Los Angeles was without Eric Karros (strained muscle in his left side) for the seventh straight game and Greg Gagne (soreness in his upper right hamstring) for the third straight game.

Expos: , injured while crashing into the outfield wall while making a diving catch in Colorado on Saturday, may miss up to two months with a bruised left kidney and spleen.

Padres: The afternoon game between two first-place teams drew a crowd announced at 8,979. Because it was a getaway day for the Astros, they had the option of requesting a day game. . . . Rickey Henderson had his first three-hit game for San Diego.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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