Originally created 05/15/00

Big Mac ties Mantle with 536th homer



ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire homered in his first two at-bats, tying Mickey Mantle for eighth place on the career list with 536, and the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-10 Sunday.

Craig Paquette homered in going 5-for-5 with four RBI for the Cardinals. Jim Edmonds also homered and drove in three runs.

Eric Karros homered twice for the Dodgers, and Gary Sheffield and Todd Hundley also connected as the teams combined for a Busch Stadium record eight homers. The previous mark of seven was set April 9 when the Cardinals hit six home runs and the Brewers one.

The Cardinals tied a season high with 17 hits and avoided a sweep.

McGwire passed Jimmie Foxx with his 13th homer of the season and 535th of his career, a two-run shot off a 2-2 hanging curveball from Carlos Perez in the first.

Edmonds and McGwire hit consecutive homers in the second, with McGwire sending a 1-0 curve into the upper deck in left. McGwire's shot wrapped around the foul pole and was estimated at 487 feet, the longest homer at Busch this season.

EXPOS 16, CUBS 15:

In Montreal, Henry Rodriguez homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs for Chicago, but the Expos pulled off an early triple play and a three-run, ninth-inning rally to overtake the Cubs.

Sammy Sosa had five hits and five RBI for the Cubs. He singled home a run in the ninth and Rodriguez hit a three-run homer with two outs for a 15-13 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Rondell White hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth, and pinch-hitter Mike Mordecai singled home the game-winner. White also doubled twice.

Eric Young stole five bases, the most by a Cubs player since George Gore swiped seven on June 25, 1881. Six Cubs had stolen four since 1900, most recently Sosa on Sept. 29, 1993.

METS 5, MARLINS 1:

In New York, Mike Piazza's 10th career grand slam carried Mike Hampton (4-4) and the Mets past Florida, ending the Marlins' four-game winning streak.

PIRATES 3, BREWERS 0:

In Pittsburgh, former Clemson star Kris Benson kept the ball in the park while limiting Milwaukee to four hits in eight-plus innings as the Pirates blanked the Brewers.

ROCKIES 11, GIANTS 7:

In Denver, Todd Helton broke a tie game with an RBI double and raised his major league-leading average to .417 as Colorado beat San Francisco.

PADRES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1:

In San Diego, Arizona's team-record winning streak ended at nine as Brian Meadows pitched eight strong innings to lift the Padres past the Diamondbacks.