Bagwell belts 40th
New York Wade Miller, Jeff Bagwell and Houston made it a miserable night for Al Leiter and the New York Mets.
Miller pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in the majors, Bagwell hit his 40th homer and drove in three runs and the Astros romped past the Mets 11-1 Tuesday.
Tony Eusebio's 24-game hitting streak came to an end, but most everything else went right for the Astros.
"The most important thing is we won and everybody's happy," Eusebio said.
The Mets, who remained tied for first with Atlanta in the NL East, got off to a great start when left fielder Darryl Hamilton made a diving catch on Roger Cedeno's leadoff liner.
After that, it all fell apart.
"It was a rough night all around for everybody," catcher Mike Piazza said.
Leiter (14-6) left after three innings because of a strained muscle in his right buttocks. He was pulled as a precaution with the Mets trailing 4-0, and the team did not think he would not miss a start.
"I hurt it at the end of my warmups. I felt it pull and I was just uncomfortable," Leiter said.
Mets right fielder Derek Bell banged his left knee into a wall chasing a foul ball in the eighth, and limped off the field with assistance. He was diagnosed with a bruise and listed as day to day.
"It's not serious, I don't believe," manager Bobby Valentine said.
Eusebio's hitting streak was the best in Astros history and tied Arizona's Tony Womack for the longest in the NL this season.
Cubs 7, Padres 6, 13 inn.
Chicago Pinch-hitter Ricky Gutierrez had a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning as Chicago outlasted San Diego. Eric Young led off the bottom of the 13th with a double off Trevor Hoffman (4-6).
Rockies 2, Phillies 1
Philadelphia Jeffrey Hammonds went 3-for-4, including a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning, as Colorado edged Philadelphia. The loss was the major league-high 16th for Philadelphia's Omar Daal (3-16). Colorado's Todd Helton, who came into the game leading the majors with a .397 average, didn't start but entered the game in the seventh inning, replacing starter Butch Huskey at first base. He flied out to left in his lone at-bat, dipping his average to .396.
D-backs 8, Expos 7
Montreal Greg Colbrunn homered and had three RBIs as Arizona beat Montreal. Colbrunn hit a two-run homer in the fifth and an RBI single with one out in the seventh to break a 6-6 tie.
Reds 4, Braves 2
Atlanta Ken Griffey Jr.'s two-run single in the seventh inning put Cincinnati ahead and the Reds went on todefeat Atlanta, which squandered a chance to break a first-place tie in the NL East.
Pirates 8, Giants 0
Pittsburgh Kris Benson benefited from some extra rest, allowing one hit in eight innings to win for the first time since July 8, as Pittsburgh beat San Francisco.
Marlins 3, Cardinals 1
Miami Chuck Smith allowed four hits in eight innings and Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer in the first to help Florida beat St. Louis.
Dodgers 7, Brewers 2
Milwaukee Chan Ho Park allowed one hit in eight innings and Mark Grudzielanek drove in four runs as Los Angeles beat Milwaukee for its eighth victory in nine games.