The start of a new month did nothing to slow down either the Chicago Cubs or San Francisco's Barry Bonds.
Kerry Wood led the Cubs to their 11th straight win -- Chicago's longest streak in 31 years -- striking out 10 and hitting a two-run single in a 4-3 victory Friday night at Milwaukee.
"We expect to come out and win tomorrow," Wood said. "That's just the way it's going for us lately. We're playing good baseball and we're going to keep it up. We're doing what it takes to win ball games."
So is Bonds. He hit his 29th home run and drew three walks as San Francisco ended a three-game losing streak with a 11-7 victory at Colorado.
Bonds, who had a major league record 17 home runs in May, hit a two-run shot in the third inning for his 14th in his last 15 games. Bonds' 29 homers in 54 games is the fastest start in major league history.
"We won, and that is all that matters," Bonds said. "Right now, I am just playing to win games, and not hitting in a home run contest."
In other NL games, it was Arizona 4, San Diego 2; Houston 10, Los Angeles 9; Philadelphia 13, Montreal 2; New York 11, Florida 5; Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 1; and Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 1.
Chicago has followed an eight-game skid by posting its longest winning streak since an 11-gamer April 14-27, 1970.
Wood (4-4), who struck out 14 and allowed one hit in a 1-0 win last Friday, allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to win his third straight game.
He also hit a two-run single in the fourth off Jimmy Haynes (5-6) to make it 4-0.
"The big blow was the bases-loaded hit by Wood," Haynes said. "It was a fastball right down the middle, actually. I was just trying to get a strike."
Giants 11, Rockies 7
Benito Santiago went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, Armando Rios hit a three-run homer and Rich Aurilia had a two-run shot for San Francisco.
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2
Curt Schilling became baseball's first nine-game winner, and Jay Bell went 4-for-4 with a homer off Woody Williams (4-4) as host Arizona won its seventh straight.
Astros 10, Dodgers 9
Richard Hidalgo hit a leadoff home run off Mike Fetters (1-1) in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Houston over Los Angeles.
Phillies 13 Expos 2
Johnny Estrada, Bobby Abreu and Scott Rolen each drove in three runs to lead visiting Philadelphia to its fifth straight win.
The Expos lost their second straight under new manager Jeff Torborg. Montreal (21-34) is last in the NL East, 15 games behind the division-leading Phillies.
Mets 11, Marlins 5
Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Robin Ventura and Rey Ordonez drove in two runs apiece as New York snapped a four-game skid.
Braves 5, Pirates 1
Chipper Jones homered and tripled before leaving because of a thumb injury, leading John Burkett (4-4) and Atlanta to a win at Pittsburgh.
Jones exited in the eighth inning after being hit in the left thumb by Jason Kendall's line-drive single. X-rays were negative.
Reds 5, Cardinals 1
Michael Tucker snapped out of a 9-for-58 slump with a pair of RBI singles, driving home the tiebreaking run off Darryl Kile (7-4) in the eighth inning as Cincinnati ended a four-game losing streak.
Indians 7, Yankees 4
C.C. Sabathia stuck around just long enough to win on a wet night at Yankee Stadium.
Roberto Alomar and Ellis Burks homered, and Marty Cordova hit a go-ahead single as the Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees 7-4 Friday night in a game shortened to 5 1/2 innings by rain.
In an official scoring oddity, Sabathia got the victory despite pitching only four innings as the starter. Usually, the minimum is five innings.
The ruling is allowed in games in which the opposing team bats only five times.
"Luck of the draw," Sabathia said.
The rule had not been applied in the majors since Larry Luebbers got a four-inning victory for St. Louis on Oct. 3, 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last AL pitcher to do it was Richie Lewis, who went 4 1-3 innings for Baltimore on July 31, 1992.
Sabathia (6-2) pitched at Yankee Stadium for the first time.
Mariners 8, Devil Rays 4
Bret Boone drove in three more runs, and Seattle won its ninth straight game.
Boone, second in the league with 53 RBIs, had three hits at Safeco Field.
Orioles 8, Athletics 4
Jeff Conine hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Baltimore won at Oakland to end a four-game losing streak.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4
Jason Varitek and Dante Bichette hit RBI singles in the 11th inning at SkyDome as Boston won its third straight game.
White Sox 3, Tigers 0
Mark Buehrle beat Detroit for the third time this season, pitching Chicago to a win at Comiskey Park.
Six days after beating the Tigers with his first major league shutout, Buehrle gave up four hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Angels 7, Royals 1
Ismael Valdes pitched a six-hitter for his first AL complete game as Anaheim stopped visiting Kansas City.
Troy Glaus homered and drove in three runs for the Angels. Jeff DaVanon, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake after DH Glenallen Hill was put on waivers before the game, added a two-run homer.
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