Micah Owings hit a three-run homer and pitched six effective innings to overcome Javier Vazquez' complete game and lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves in a National League game last night.

Jay Bruce also homered and Ryan Hanigan had two hits to help Owings (4-7) earn his first win since May 12 and improve to 4-0 in four career starts against Atlanta. He was 0-4 in six starts since a 3-1 win at Arizona.

The Reds squeezed out the win despite no production from the first five batters in the lineup, who went a combined 0-for-17. Their only baserunner was Brandon Phillips, who walked in the fourth inning.

Vazquez (4-6) allowed four hits and two walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings.

Owings, who also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning, allowed two runs on six hits and two walks.

In interleague games:

* At San Francisco, pinchhitters Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero opened Los Angeles' three-run rally with consecutive singles in the eighth inning, and the Angels beat the Giants, 4-3, for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Guerrero is unable to play in the field while recovering from a torn chest muscle, and the Angels also held Hunter out of the starting lineup to rest his bruised ribs for another day. About 45 minutes before game time, Los Angeles scratched Bobby Abreu because of a stiff neck.

* At Chicago, John Danks (5-5) pitched seven shutout innings, Alexei Ramirez homered in the first and the White Sox deated the Cubs, 4-1, at Wrigley Field.

* At Minneapolis, Ian Snell (2-7) won for the first time in 2 months and Andrew McCutchen hit his first major league home run, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins, 8-2.

* At New York, John Lannan pitched into the ninth inning in his first career start at Yankee Stadium, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Yanks.

Lannan (4-5) allowed two runs and four hits in 8 1/3 innings. Nick Johnson hit a two-run triple and Adam Dunn homered for the Nationals.

* At Baltimore, Matt Wieters hit his first major league home run, Aubrey Huff hit a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning and the Orioles withstood Gary Sheffield's 507th career homer in a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets.

* At St. Louis, rookie Colby Rasmus had three hits and two RBI, both putting the Cardinals ahead in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

* At Boston, Dustin Pedroia had three hits and three RBI, and the Red Sox celebrated their 500th consecutive sellout with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.

* At Denver, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer and Aaron Cook (6-3) survived a shaky fifth inning that included homers by Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford as the Colorado Rockies snapped the Tampa Bay Rays' six-game winning streak with a 5-3 win.

* At Arlington, Texas, David Murphy's RBI single in the 10th inning led the Rangers over the Houston Astros, 3-2. Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez broke Carlton Fisk's major league record when he caught his 2,227th game.

* At Kansas City, Stephen Drew hit a three-run triple and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Royals, 12-5.


* Pedro Martinez could be back on a major league mound soon.

The righthander said he has had talks with the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays and hopes to sign a contract in the near future.

Martinez, 37, has been training in his native Dominican Republic in hopes of returning to the majors. His 4-year deal with the New York Mets ended after last season, making Martinez a free agent.

* Jose Canseco said he plans to file a class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players association, claiming he's been ostracized for going public with tales of steroids use in the sport. Canseco said he has discussed the suit with lawyers and intends to enlist Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro to join in the suit.

Canseco said the basis of the suit would be "lost wages - in some cases, defamation of character."

* A spokesman for Tom Ricketts, who heads his family's nearly $900 million bid to buy the Chicago Cubs from Tribune Co., says the deal is still on.

Dennis Culloton, who represents Ricketts, said that reports suggesting otherwise are untrue. He said negotiations are continuing and "moving along very positively."

* Texas Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel has matched Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio for the most hits by a player from Venezuela.

Vizquel got his 2,677th career hit with a single in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros. It was the 2,706th career game for Vizquel, who is in his 21st major league season. Aparicio had 2,677 hits in 2,601 games from 1956-73 for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore and Boston.

In other team news, the Rangers plan to dedicate the "President George W. Bush Owner's Suite" before tonight's game against the Houston Astros. Bush is scheduled to attend.

* The Seattle Mariners placed lefthander Erik Bedard (5-2) on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. *