September 12, 1996

Cardinals: Alan Benes (13-9), who missed his turn in the rotation after taking a line drive off his wrist in his previous start, made only his second relief appearance of the season and gave up Barry Bonds' game-winning homer.

Cubs: Chicago has 31 one-run losses, most in the majors.

Expos: Montreal has 29 one-run wins, tied for tops in the majors. . . . Montreal finished 39-22 against NL Central teams; it was 40-44 against the other two divisions and will play its remaining 17 games against teams from the East.

Mets: Todd Hundley, who set a major-league record for catchers with his 40th homer Sunday, did not start for New York for just the 17th time in 146 games this season.

Red Sox: Catcher Bill Haselman was cut on his head when he was hit by Gerald Williams' backswing in the second inning. Regular starting catcher Mike Stanley is injured, so No. 3 catcher Walt McKeel trotted in from the bullpen. But Haselman stayed in the game. . . . Jose Canseco (back surgery) might be activated tomorrow for pinch-hitting duty.

Indians: Kenny Lofton's first-inning steal was his AL-leading 65th of the season. . . . Albert Belle, who had 17 homers in September 1995 to tie Babe Ruth's major-league record, has not homered since Aug. 31.

Angels: Rookie George Arias got his first triple in his 216th big-league at-bat.

Mariners: Major-league batting leader Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .372.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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