Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After Smoke Clears, Cubs End Skid at 10

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After Smoke Clears, Cubs End Skid at 10

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The Chicago Cubs stopped their losing streak at 10 games Saturday, getting a boost when pinch-hitter Kevin Roberson and Sammy Sosa homered in a four-run eighth inning. The rally lifted the Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4.

The Cubs' losing skid was their longest since 1985, when they tied a team record with 13 losses in a row. After losing seven in a row at home, Chicago won despite hitting into five double plays, three by Mark Grace.

Winner Willie Banks (7-5) gave up four runs and eight hits in eight innings, and Randy Myers pitched the ninth for his 13th save. Orel Hershiser (3-3) took the loss.

Astros 7, Braves 6: Center fielder Roberto Kelly's error on James Mouton's single in the ninth inning allowed Luis Gonzalez to score from first as Houston scored three runs with two outs and beat Atlanta.

Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer for the Braves, who lost for just the second time in 11 games.

Padres 3, Giants 1: Andy Ashby (2-5) pitched a four-hitter and Tony Gwynn had four hits for San Diego as it defeated San Francisco. Barry Bonds hit his fifth career home run in 14 at-bats off Ashby, connecting in the second inning for his 14th homer of the season.

Pirates 10, Marlins 4: Brian Hunter and Jay Bell homered for Pittsburgh, which overcame a three-run deficit and beat Florida for its fourth victory in a row. Hunter keyed a three-run third inning with a two-run homer. Bell went four for four and scored four runs.

Expos 7, Mets 4: Marquis Grissom and Sean Berry homered and Montreal beat New York for its ninth victory in 12 games. The Expos won their third in a row. The Mets have lost five in a row and 10 of 12.

Reds 6, Rockies 4: Colorado fell to 0-10 at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium as the Reds turned a two-run homer by Reggie Sanders into a comeback victory.

***** AMERICAN LEAGUE Gibson's 2 Homers, 7 RBIs Spark Tigers

Kirk Gibson drove in seven runs, the most in any game of his 16-year career, leading Detroit past California 11-5. …

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