If it's September, the New York Mets must be slumping.
After nearly blowing their wild card lead by playing .500 ball last September, the Mets lost 6-2 Monday to the Cincinnati Reds and dropped to 0-4 this month.
"There still isn't anybody feeling sorry for themselves like this is some catastrophic thing," manager Bobby Valentine said. "This is baseball."
Ken Griffey Jr., out Sunday with a sore hip, hit his 37th homer, just the second this year by a left-handed batter against Al Leiter (14-7).
Since catching Atlanta atop the NL East, the Mets have lost five of six, falling one game behind the struggling Braves.
"It's obvious we're pressing as a team," said Mike Piazza, who went 2-for-3 with a solo homer on his 32nd birthday. "We're really just trying too hard. We're taking bad swings and helping the pitchers out and that's it."
Giants 3, Phillies 0
Barry Bonds homered twice to top 40 for the fourth time in his career as San Francisco won its sixth straight. The Giants, who have a season-high 5 1/2-game lead over Arizona in the NL West, have a major league-leading 13 shutouts.
Cardinals 4, Expos 2
Pat Hentgen pitched seven scoreless innings and Edgar Renteria hit a bases-loaded triple off Javier Vazquez (8-7).
Pirates 12, Dodgers 1
Brian Giles hit a grand slam in the second and Pat Meares also homered as visiting Pittsburgh stretched a winning streak to four for just the third time this season.
Rockies 6, Cubs 2
Rookie Juan Pierre went 5-for-5 and Todd Walker fell a single short of the cycle at Coors Field.
Marlins 5, Astros 2
Chuck Smith tied his career high with 11 strikeouts, and Preston Wilson drove in three runs for visiting Florida.
Padres 4, Brewers 3
The Padres overcame a 3-2 deficit in the eighth against Ray King (1-2) when, with runners on second and third, Ruben Rivera hit an RBI infield single to third that Tyler Houston threw wildly past first, allowing Mike Darr to score with the go-ahead run.
Athletics 10, Blue Jays 0
The Athletics derailed David Well's bid for 20 wins as Mike Stanley went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and Oakland scored seven runs in the first two innings to knock out Wells.
Indians 5, Devil Rays 1
Kenny Lofton's run-scoring streak came to an end at 18 games.
Rangers 5, White Sox 4
Gabe Kapler hit a solo homer and Ricky Ledee hit a tiebreaking single as Texas snapped Chicago's five-game winning streak.
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