National League: Lee propels Cubs past Baker, Reds
CHICAGO ó Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer and started a pivotal double play to help Chicago beat former manager Dusty Baker and his Cincinnati Reds on a blustery night at Wrigley Field.
Baker managed the Cubs for four seasons and got them within five outs of the World Series five years ago, but after a last-place finish in 2006, his contract was not renewed.
Leeís fifth homer was a long drive to left-center on a night with the wind blowing out at 19 mph and gusts up to 26 mph. Mark DeRosa and Ryan Theriot also connected for the Cubs.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 595th homer, and Joey Votto added a solo shot in the ninth for the Reds.
Chicago lost left fielder and leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano before he even came to the plate. Soriano strained his right calf while catching Griffeyís inning-ending fly ball in the top of the first and had an MRI. Itís unclear how long he will be out.
Aaron Harang (1-2) took his first career loss at Wrigley Field.
Phils 4, Astros 3
PHILADELPHIA ó Pedro Felizís RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a four-run rally that carried the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Houston starter Shawn Chacon allowed only four singles in eight impressive innings before handing the ball to closer Jose Valverde. But pinch-hitter Chris Snelling hit a leadoff homer in the ninth off Valverde (2-1), and Chase Utley was hit by a pitch. After Ryan Howard struck out, Pat Burrell tied the score at 3 with a two-run homer to right.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 1
ST. LOUIS ó Braden Looper pitched around Prince Fielder and limited the rest of a Milwaukee lineup missing Ryan Braun to three hits in five innings, leading St. Louis over the Brewers.
Marlins 4, Braves 0
MIAMI ó Scott Olsen pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and Josh Willingham hit an RBI triple and scored a run.
Olsen (2-0) struck out three and did not walk a batter. He entered 1-4 with an 8.54 ERA against the Braves.
Diamondbacks 8, Giants 2
SAN FRANCISCO ó Chris Young hit a two-run homer and Conor Jackson connected for the second consecutive game to support Micah Owings.
Mets 6, Nationals 0
NEW YORK ó David Wright homered and drove in five runs, Jose Reyes returned to the lineup with four hits and New York beat struggling Washington on Jackie Robinson Night.
Mike Pelfrey (2-0) pitched a career-high seven innings in his 19th major league start, his first scoreless outing in the majors. He gave up five hits and two walks with four strikeouts, sending the Nationals to their 10th loss in 11 games.
Padres 6, Rockies 0
SAN DIEGO ó Randy Wolf held Colorado hitless for 62/3 innings and struck out nine, and Brian Giles collected his 1,000th RBI to lead San Diego.
Wolf (1-0) and reliever Kevin Cameron, recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, combined for a two-hitter. It was the Padresí second consecutive shutout.