Notable

April 21, 1997

Blue Jays: Ed Sprague, who entered the game with a majors-best nine doubles, had one in the sixth.

Braves: Atlanta had outscored the opposition 55-18 during its seven-game streak.

Expos: Henry Rodriguez, who led the league in strikeouts last year with 180, has struck out 19 times this season.

Giants: San Francisco last won nine straight July 7-18, 1994. Barry Bonds needs one RBI to reach 1,000 for his career.

Pirates: Jermaine Allensworth was 2-for-2 and has nine hits in his past 17 at-bats. The Pittsburgh (8-8) is .500 for the first time since it was 15-15 last season.

Rockies: Colorado starters have earned the decision in 15 of the first 16 games.

White Sox: Frank Thomas has gone 63 at-bats without hitting a home run, his longest skid since 1993, when he did not connect until his 61st at-bat. Ozzie Guillen is the seventh player in franchise history with 1,500 hits.

Yankees: New York has lost six times this season when leading after seven innings. It was 79-1 in that situation last year.

Pub Date: 4/21/97

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