Astros: Houston has committed only two errors in its past nine games and four in its past 12. It had 24 errors in its first 18 games.

Braves: Jeff Blauser was in the lineup at shortstop for the first time since hurting his right knee in a collision with San Diego's Wally Joyner on April 13.

Cubs: Mark Grace was not in the starting lineup because of an upper respiratory infection. It was the first game he has not started since Aug. 6, 1995, at St. Louis. He had started 80 consecutive games at first base.

Dodgers: Mike Piazza went 0-for-4 to end a career-high 16-game hitting streak. . . . Tom Candiotti lasted five innings and has not made it to the eighth in his last 14 starts.


Giants: San Francisco is on pace to hit 262 home runs this year. The NL record is 221, shared by the 1947 Giants and the 1956 Reds. The major-league record of 240 is held by the 1961 Yankees.

Marlins: Chris Hammond lasted two-thirds of an inning, the shortest start of his career.

Pub Date: 5/05/96

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