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METS WITHIN ONE GAME OF BRAVES

With Mike Piazza sidelined, the New York Mets turned to the unlikeliest of sources for their offense.

Rey Ordonez went 4 for 5 with his first career grand slam and pitcher Masato Yoshii drove in his first two runs of the season as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-1, Saturday night to move within a game of Atlanta in the NL East.

Piazza, who leads the Mets with 35 homers and 114 RBIs, sat out after bruising his left hand Friday. Todd Pratt started in his place and had two hits, but the biggest offensive punch came from Ordonez and Yoshii.

"I don't know if it was Mike being out or that we came out flat last night, but we got strong efforts from everybody tonight," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "The guys who had to step it up did."

The Mets, who won for the 10th time in 14 games, maintained a three-game lead over Cincinnati in the wild-card race.

Ordonez, who hadn't homered since Sept. 15, 1998, singled in the second, doubled in the third, singled in the fifth and delivered his biggest blow in the sixth inning.

After pinch hitter Benny Agbayani was intentionally walked to load the bases, Ordonez lined a 1-2 pitch from Carlton Loewer into the seats in left field for a 10-1 lead.

"I've gone so many at-bats without one, I couldn't think about hitting one when I went up there," Ordonez said. "It's not easy to hit a grand slam."

Unearned runs doom Braves

ATLANTA -- Brad Fullmer hit a go-ahead, two-run double as Montreal scored four unearned runs off Greg Maddux (18-8) and beat the Braves, 4-3. Dustin Hermanson (9-12) won his fourth straight start despite allowing 11 hits in eight innings.

Atlanta, seeking its eighth straight division title, has lost five of seven.

Two errors by second baseman Bret Boone and one by Maddux did in the Braves, who led, 3-1, in the fifth.

Around the horn

Darren Oliver (8-9) won for the first time in seven starts, striking out eight in six innings, and the Cardinals chased Mike Hampton (20-4) in the fourth inning of a 13-6 win over the Astros. Houston lost its third straight and Cincinnati closed within 2 1/2 games of the NL Central leader. . . . Steve Parris (10-2) pitched a six-hitter and struck out eight as the Reds beat the Pirates, 3-0. . . . Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the 10th as the Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins, 8-6. . . . Damian Jackson and Quilvio Veras each homered as the Padres beat the Giants, 11-5. . . . Gary Sheffield homered and doubled as the Dodgers took a 5-4 win over the Rockies.

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