Bagwell Has a Career Day in 13-7 Victory

<i> From Associated Press</i>

Jeff Bagwell hit his first career grand slam and tied a career high with six runs batted in as the Houston Astros moved into a tie for the NL’s best record with a 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday at Houston.

Coming into the game, Bagwell had the longest active streak of most home runs without a grand slam at 217.

Earlier this season, the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa hit his first grand slam on his 247th homer, the major league record.

“Thank God, it’s over, now I can relax when the bases are loaded,” Bagwell said.


Bagwell also had a two-run single and a double.


San Diego’s Andy Ashby failed for the fifth time to win his 17th game as San Francisco won its third in a row with a 5-1 victory at San Diego. . . . Atlanta’s Greg Maddux struggled for his sixth consecutive start, giving up five earned runs in a 6-3 loss to the Expos at Montreal. . . . Rico Brogna, Kevin Sefcik and Bobby Estalella homered twice as Philadelphia set a club record with seven homers in a 16-4 win over New York at Philadelphia. . . . Jose Guillen blooped a two-run single in the eighth to complete a seven-run rally for Pittsburgh in an 8-7 win over Milwaukee at Pittsburgh. . . . Vinny Castilla drove in six runs, including the game-winning two-run single in the ninth to lead Colorado to an 11-10 win over Florida at Denver.