NL: Phillies beat Nationals, extend winning streak
PHILADELPHIA ó Chase Utley homered twice and drove in three runs, Pedro Feliz added a three-run shot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-1 on Tuesday for their fifth straight victory.
Marlins 7, Mets 4
NEW YORK ó Jorge Cantu homered twice and drove in five runs and the Marlins ended one of the wilder rides in baseball history, beating the Mets to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Cantu hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, then lined a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh.
Braves 2, Cardinals 1
ATLANTA ó Matt Diaz drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Kyle McClellan in the eighth inning, rallying the Braves to a win over the Cardinals.
Kyle Lohse pitched six scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but he was denied his fourth straight win as the Braves took advantage of McClellan’s shaky eighth.
McClellan (1-1) walked Omar Infante, Chipper Jones and Jeff Francoeur to set the stage for Diaz’s go-ahead hit with two outs.
McClellan threw ball three behind Diaz’s back before giving up the two-run single up the middle on the 3-2 pitch.
Peter Moylan (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth after Jo-Jo Reyes allowed only three hits, one walk and one run in seven innings.
Astros 8, Reds 3
CINCINNATI ó Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run in seven innings and Ivan Rodriguez homered and doubled, helping the Astros extend their three-year winning streak at Great American Ball Park.
The Astros have won their last 11 games in Cincinnati.
Brewers 6, Pirates 5
MILWAUKEE ó Trevor Hoffman saved his first game with the Brewers and Bill Hall and Rickie Weeks homered in the sixth inning to rally Milwaukee to a victory over the Pirates.
The Brewers trailed 5-1 before they scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth on Hall’s solo homer to start the inning off Pirates starter Paul Maholm and Weeks’ go-ahead, two-run shot off Jesse Chavez.
Padres 4, Rockies 3
DENVER ó Luis Rodriguez laced a run-scoring pinch-hit single through a drawn-in infield in the ninth, lifting the Padres to a win over the Rockies.
Cubs 11, Diamondbacks 3
PHOENIX ó Carlos Zambrano fell a triple shy of the cycle and pitched seven sharp innings.
Alfonso Soriano and Mike Fontenot also homered for the Cubs, who won for only the second time in seven games.
Zambrano is a career .235 hitter who opened the season 0 for 9. He snapped out of the slump with a single in the third, then added an RBI double off the top of the wall in right-center field in the fifth.
In the seventh, Zambrano hit an 0-2 pitch from Esmerling Vasquez into the first row of the left field stands for his 17th career homer, most by a Cubs pitcher.
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