Major Leagues: National League roundup

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2011

Associated Press
The National League roundup …
MILWAUKEE ó Ryan Howard homered in his return to the lineup and Roy Halladay continued the Phillies’ pitching dominance in Milwaukee, leading Philadelphia to a 5-3 victory over the Brewers on Friday night.
The NL East’s top team won its fifth straight and bettered the NL Central-leading Brewers again.
Cole Hamels tossed a complete game in Thursday’s opener with Howard out because of a lingering heel injury. On Friday, the Phillies’ cleanup hitter staked Halladay a three-run, first-inning lead with his 32nd homer of the season.
Halladay (17-5) struck out nine to reach 204 for the season and scattered four hits and a run over eight innings after the Brewers roughed him up in April.
Milwaukee scored twice in the ninth before dropping its fourth straight.
Shaun Marcum (12-6) took the loss.
1:Marlins 13, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) ó Omar Infante and Logan Morrison both homered during a nine-run third inning and the Marlins pounded out 22 hits in a rout of the Pirates.
Infante drove in five runs, adding a solo shot in the first while Morrison had four hits and three RBIs. The Marlins had a club record 10 hits in the third. Morrison and Bryan Petersen each had two hits in the third as Florida broke the record of nine, which had been done four times, most recently on Sept. 17, 2001 at Montreal.
Infante got an assist on his three-run homer in the third when it bounced off the glove of left fielder Alex Presley, who was on the warning track, and into the left-field bleachers.
Petersen, Emilio Bonifacio, Gaby Sanchez, Donnie Murphy, John Buck and winning pitcher Ricky Nolasco (10-10) all finished with two hits for the Marlins.
Ross Ohlendorf (0-2) had his string of winless starts reach 15 as he was rocked for six runs on 10 hits in two plus innings.
1:Nationals 4, Astros 3, 11 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) ó Jimmy Paredes, inserted in the game in the top of the 11th, made a wild throw to second base, allowing Ryan Zimmerman to score the winning run in the Nationals’ victory over the Astros.
With one out, Lucas Harrell (0-1) walked Zimmerman and Michael Morse. Wilton Lopez replaced Harrell. Jayson Werth hit a bouncer to Paredes, who pinch-ran in the top of the 11th. Parades overthrew second baseman Jose Altuve and Zimmerman scored. Werth was credited with a single.
Tyler Clippard (3-0), Washington’s fifth pitcher worked two scoreless innings for the win.
1:Mets 5, Cubs 4
NEW YORK (AP) ó Justin Turner drove in the winning run on a long single with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Mets a victory over the Cubs.
Turner also had a tiebreaking double in the fifth and finished with three hits. Jason Bay doubled twice and threw out a runner at the plate for New York in the opener of a weekend series that culminates Sunday night with a pregame ceremony to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. The Mets are offering free tickets to New York City first responders and their families for that game.
Earlier on Friday, several current and former Mets visited New York City firehouses ó from David Wright and Bobby Parnell to Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo, Robin Ventura and John Olerud.