NL roundup: Johnson wins duel with Mets, Santana
MIAMI ó Josh Johnson’s dominant outing was just enough to beat Johan Santana.
Johnson pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game in 45 career starts and the Florida Marlins scored two unearned runs to edge Santana and the Mets 2-1 Sunday, handing the New York ace his first loss since June 28.
While Johnson retired 15 batters in a row, Santana was just as good. The left-hander struck out 13 in seven innings, allowing only three hits. But left fielder Daniel Murphy dropped a two-out flyball in the second for an error that led to both Florida runs.
Santana (1-1) had made 18 starts in a row without a loss, winning 10 consecutive decisions.
Reds 2, Pirates 0
CINCINNATI (AP) ó Aaron Harang threw a three-hitter, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and Cincinnati overcame a triple play by Pittsburgh to get the victory.
Cardinals 3, Astros 0
ST. LOUIS ó Kyle Lohse threw a career-best three-hitter, retiring 24 in a row after giving up a single on his first pitch, and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.
Padres 6, Giants 1SAN DIEGO ó Chris Young pitched seven strong innings to beat Tim Lincecum, and Nick Hundley had a career-high four hits for the Padres.
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX ó Randy Wolf tossed two-hit ball into the eighth inning, outpitching Dan Haren to lead the Dodgers.
Braves 8, Nationals 5
ATLANTA ó Chipper Jones drove in two runs, including a tiebreaking single, and Atlanta handed Washington its sixth straight loss to start the season.
Washington is the only winless team in the majors.
Phillies 7, Rockies 5
DENVER ó Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs connected for a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning to lead Philadelphia to the win.
Cubs 8, Brewers 5
MILWAUKEE ó Alfonso Soriano smacked the first pitch of the game off the facade in center field for a leadoff home run, and things got worse from there for the Brewers.
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