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DENVER (AP) _ Bill Spiers hit a three-ru

September 10, 1997

DENVER (AP) _ Bill Spiers hit a three-run homer and Derek Bell added a two-run shot as Houston won for just the third time in 12 games.

Bell drove in three runs as the Astros increased their lead in the NL Central to 3 1/2 games over second-place Pittsburgh. The Pirates lost 5-4 in 10 innings at Montreal.

Mike Hampton (13-9) allowed eight hits in 7 2-3 innings and won for the 10th time in 12 decisions.

Russ Springer got two outs for his third save.

Andres Galarraga went 4-for-4 for Colorado, which lost for the second time in 13 games.

Colorado starter Jamey Wright (6-11) gave up six runs and nine hits in seven innings.

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