NL: Mets’ homers take fight out of Phils
NEW YORKó Carlos Beltran and David Wright each hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on Thursday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Jose Reyes added a solo shot in the second off an ineffective Jamie Moyer as the Mets again gave Mike Pelfrey the run support Johan Santana has lacked all season. Pelfrey (4-0) beat the rival Phillies for the second time this month, his only wins in 10 May decisions during his career.
Ramon Castro had a two-run double, Wright went 3-for-3 with a walk and the Mets made the 46-year-old Moyer (3-2) look his age by turning spacious Citi Field into a band box for one night.
Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth homered for Philadelphia.
Francisco Rodriguez saved his fourth game in four days, getting three outs to improve to 9 for 9 this season.
Braves 4, Marlins 2
MIAMIó Jair Jurrjens gave up three hits in seven innings to help the Braves complete a two-game sweep of the slumping Florida Marlins, 4-2.
Casey Kotchman homered and hit an RBI double for Atlanta. David Ross had a two-run homer.
Jurrjens (3-2) allowed two runs, both on homers by Hanley Ramirez. The right-hander’s ERA rose to 2.01.
Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez (1-4) allowed two homers and four runs in 4 2-3 innings before leaving the game because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder. Sanchez underwent surgery on the shoulder in June 2007 and returned last July.
Reds 6, Brewers 5
CINCINNATI ó Right-hander Micah Owings pitched six innings and had a tiebreaking triple, leading Cincinnati’s flu-depleted lineup to the victory.
The Reds needed everything they could get from Owings (2-3), their fifth starter and occasional pinch hitter. The lineup was missing two starters with the flu.
Jay Bruce and Willy Taveras homered for Cincinnati.
Prince Fielder had three hits for the Brewers, including a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning.
Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3, 10 innings
SAN DIEGO ó David Eckstein singled in the winning run for San Diego with one out in the 10th inning.
Eckstein, who entered the game for defensive purposes in the top of the inning, lined a shot just past first baseman Josh Whitesell to bring in Kevin Kouzmanoff. Kouzmanoff started the winning rally with a one-out double.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 2
ST. LOUIS ó Todd Wellemeyer threw seven innings of four-hit ball and Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth, leading St. Louis to the win.
St. Louis batted around in a four-run fifth that started with LaRue’s first homer of the season.
Giants 8, Rockies 3
DENVER ó Bengie Molina homered twice and Matt Cain threw six innings of one-hit ball to help San Francisco get the win.
Brad Hawpe and Ian Stewart homered for Colorado.