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Gooden walks five in loss

Dwight Gooden allowed one hit in two innings, but walked five and allowed three runs in New York's split-squad loss to Houston at Port St. Lucie. Glenn Davis had a run-scoring double and Kevin McReynolds, making his first appearance of the spring, had a two-out homer in the ninth. Ex-Yankee Kenny Greer earned the save against his old team in the Mets' split-squad win at Ft. Lauderdale, escaping a ninth-inning jam when Tate Seefried popped to right with runners at first and second for the final out.

ATLANTA: Tony Tarasco, a candidate for the Braves' leftfield job, had two doubles in four at-bats in a loss to Montreal at West Palm Beach. Regular leftfielder Ron Gant is out at least three months with a broken leg.

CHICAGO: The unbeaten Cubs had 13 hits as they continued their spring offensive with a win over Milwaukee at Chandler, Ariz. In three games, Chicago has 40 hits and 24 runs. Jose Guzman started and pitched three hitless innings, allowing only one baserunner. Blaise Ilsley and Larry Luebbers followed with two scoreless innings each.

COLORADO: Ellis Burks homered in the Rockies' loss to San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz.

FLORIDA: Carl Everett's three-run homer sparked a five-run sixth inning for the Marlins in their win over Los Angeles at Vero Beach. Jeff Conine, Tim Clark and Mitch Lyden (the game-winner off Jim Gott in the ninth) also homered.

HOUSTON: Kevin Gallaher walked four, including two with the bases loaded, and an Astros' split squad blew a 10th-inning lead against Kansas City at Baseball City. Greg Swindell allowed two hits and no runs in three innings of a split-squad win over the Mets at Port St. Lucie. Orlando Miller and Sid Bream had two hits each.

LOS ANGELES: Starter Orel Hershiser struck out three, allowed five hits and one earned run in three innings against Florida in his spring debut. Mike Piazza had two homers in the Dodgers' loss at Vero Beach. Dave Hansen and Eric Karros also homered for Los Angeles. Karros and Brett Butler had two hits each.

MONTREAL: At West Palm Beach, starter Ken Hill and Denis Boucher each allowed one hit in three innings as the Expos beat the Braves, who had only four hits. Les Lancaster got two outs with runners at second and third for a save.

PITTSBURGH: Steve Cooke, the Pirates' only returning starter who won at least 10 games last season, gave up two hits and two walks over three innings of a loss to Cincinnati at Plant City. The birthday of Reds mascot Schottzie 02, owner Marge Schott's Saint Bernard, was celebrated on the field before Sunday's game at Plant City. When a broadcaster joked with manager Jim Leyland on Saturday that he and Reds manager Davey Johnson were going to have to sing to the dog at home plate, Leyland said, "I ain't singing Happy Birthday to no dog." Schott didn't address the crowd at Plant City Stadium, which apparently agreed with Leyland. When the song was played over the public address system, few in the stands sang along.

SAN DIEGO: Wally Whitehurst sustained a bruised pitching hand when hit by a grounder in the first inning of the Padres' loss to Seattle at Peoria, Ariz. He left an inning later.

SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds had a two-run triple and a homer to power the Giants over Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz. Bonds has two triples, one homer and five RBI in four spring training at-bats.

_ TIMES WIRES

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