In New York, the Nationals pounded Cy Young winner Luis Contreras for 12 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings, and cruised to a 9-3 win. Tomas Pascual led the 17-hit D.C. attack with 4 singles and a double, while starter Ernie Pittinger gave up 3 runs over 7 innings to earn the win.
The Cubbies opened with a complete game from Horacio Hernandez, and popped 3 homers (Greg Frye, Rico Uribe and Clem Fielder) in a 5-1 win over the Expos. Montreal starter Ignacio Alfonseca also posted a complete game, but ended up on the losing end of a 124-pitch effort.
Rico Rojas belted a tie-breaking, solo homer in the top of the eighth in Houston, and the Marlins held on for a 4-3 victory. 4 Florida pitchers survived 3 errors (leading to 2 unearned runs), with Edgar Cornejo going four and a third for the win.
The Giants survived a 9th-inning threat at Colorado Springs and hung on, 3-2. San Francisco led 3-1 when the Rockies came up for the last time. 2 walks, a fielder's choice and a Damaso Guevara seeing-eye single made it 3-2 with the tying run at 2nd, but Lariel Blanco came in and got the game-ending groundout. Giant starter D'Angelo Villa notched 7 strong innings for win.