NL: Phillies make it look easy behind Lee
PHILADELPHIA ó Cliff Lee pitched a two-hitter, carrying a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, and Philadelphia beat Arizona 8-1 on Wednesday night.
Jayson Werth hit two solo homers, Ryan Howard hit a three-run shot and Chase Utley also connected for the NL East-leading Phillies, who have won seven of eight. Philadelphia (68-49) is a season-high 19 games over .500.
Lee (4-0) allowed an unearned run and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts to record his 12th career complete game and fifth this season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has an 0.82 ERA and two complete games in four starts since coming to the Phillies in a trade with Cleveland.
Lee didn’t allow a hit until pinch-hitter Chad Tracy lined a single to center with one out in the sixth.
Rockies 5, Nationals 4
WASHINGTONó Carlos Gonzalez homered for the fourth straight game and Clint Barmes connected in his third in a row for Colorado.
Gonzalez has homered in six of the last eight games. Before this stretch, he had six homers in 130 career games.
The NL wild card-leading Rockies (67-53) won despite leaving the bases loaded three times and improved to a season-high 14 games over .500.
Giants 1, Reds 0
CINCINNATI ó Nate Schierholtz’s eighth-inning double drove in the game’s only run for San Francisco.
Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the eighth and Schierholtz followed with his second double of the game, snapping Bronson Arroyo’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 17. Arroyo (11-12), who pitched a two-hitter in Cincinnati’s 7-0 win over Washington last Thursday, allowed nine hits in eight innings.
Barry Zito and three relievers combined on a two-hitter.
Pirates 3, Brewers 1
PITTSBURGH ó Paul Maholm allowed one run over 72/3 innings and Ronny Cedeno homered as Pittsburgh finished a sweep of Milwaukee.
Delwyn Young added two hits and an RBI and Matt Capps pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save for Pittsburgh, which entered this series on a four-game losing streak, having lost 12 of 13 and 17 of 20.
Astros 6, Marlins 3
HOUSTON ó Michael Bourn had three hits, two stolen bases and two runs scored for Houston.
Florida reached 10 hits for the 15th straight game, matching the longest streak since the St. Louis Browns had one that long in 1937, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Cubs 7, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO ó Rich Harden held San Diego to one hit over seven innings.
Milton Bradley and Aramis Ramirez homered for the Cubs, who had 10 hits after looking flat in losing the first two games of the series.