PHILADELPHIA - Many young pitchers with great fastballs

have had trouble staying in major-league baseball, and Philadelphia's

Cliff Brantley is well aware of that fact.

"I threw a lot of breaking balls and changeups," said

Brantley, who recorded his first major-league victory as

the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday

night. The 23-year-old right-hander improved his record

to 1-1 by striking out two and allowing two earned runs in seven innings.

"I was trying to mix my pitches," Brantley said. "That's

a big part of pitching in the big leagues."

Brantley allowed a run in the first inning on Todd Zeile's

run-scoring single, but a big inning was averted when Philadelphia

right fielder Dale Murphy threw out Zeile at the plate for

the final out of the inning.

Geronimo Pena led off the second with a walk, but Phillies

center fielder Braulio Castillo caught Tom Pagnozzi's sinking

liner and doubled Pena off first.

"The guys played great defense behind me," Brantley said.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice

fly by Zeile, but the Phillies scored three in the sixth

off Ken Hill.

Wally Backman led off with a walk, the first issued by Hill,

and one out later, Wes Chamberlain also walked. John Kruk

singled, loading the bases, and Backman scored when Murphy

grounded out. The run was the first in 23 innings for the Phillies.

Hill then threw a wild pitch that allowed Chamberlain to

score, and Charlie Hayes' run-scoring single gave the Phillies

a 3-2 lead.

Dodgers 5, Reds 3

LOS ANGELES - Bob Ojeda won his fourth consecutive decision and Eddie

Murray had three hits, including his 18th homer and a run-scoring double, as

Los Angeles moved back into first-place in the NL West.

Giants 3, Braves 2

SAN FRANCISCO - Atlanta dropped into second place

in the National League West as Willie McGee's run-scoring

grounder in the eighth inning lifted San Francisco.

After the Braves overcame a 2-0 deficit with two unearned

runs in the seventh, the Giants manufactured the winning

run without hitting a ball out of the infield to beat Atlanta

for the second game in a row.

Bud Black improved to 11-15, and Dave Righetti earned his

23rd save. Reliever Mike Stanton (3-3) took the loss.

Pirates 9, Cubs 2

PITTSBURGH - Barry Bonds homered and became the eighth

Pittsburgh player to have consecutive seasons with 100 runs

batted in as the Pirates beat Chicago, reducing their magic

number for clinching the NL East to eight.

Bonds' infield single in the fifth produced his 100th RBI.

Doug Drabek (14-13) ended a personal two-game losing streak

and took a shutout into the eighth inning.

Expos 5-2, Mets 4-3

NEW YORK - A gathering of 4,355 showed up to see

the Expos and the New York Mets split a doubleheader in

a series moved from Montreal because of structural damage

at Olympic Stadium.

Rookie Bret Barberie had a double, two singles and drove

in three runs as Montreal won the opener 5-4. The Mets came

back for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap as Howard Johnson

hit his NL-leading 35th homer.

Astros 3, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO - Pete Harnisch (10-9) gave up four hits

in six innings as Houston beat San Diego. Xavier Hernandez

retired the last four batters for his first major-league save.