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Hernandez lifts Mets past Bucs

July 6, 2006

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— Ageless Orlando Hernandez baffled Pittsburgh on four hits through seven innings Wednesday night, pitching the New York Mets to a 5-0 victory over the Pirates.

Hernandez, listed as 36 but believed to be older, used his full arsenal, mixing his pitches with his herky-jerky motion and keeping the Pirates off balance as the Mets became the first National League team to win 50 games.

For the veteran right-hander, acquired in a trade with Arizona on May 24 to boost the back end of the Mets' rotation, the effort was reminiscent of a complete game three-hitter he threw against the Diamondbacks on June 8.

The first six pitches he threw missed the strike zone but he recovered quickly and dominated the Pirates, allowing four singles. Hernandez (5-8) walked two and struck out seven before turning the game over to the bullpen for the final two innings to complete the Mets' fifth combined shutout of the season.

The Mets jumped in front against Kip Wells (0-4) getting all four of the hits he allowed in the first inning.

Dodgers 5, D'backs 4

Los Angeles - Brad Penny pitched seven strong innings, and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.

Brewers 6, Reds 5, 13 innings

Milwaukee - Rickie Weeks doubled with the bases loaded in the 13th. Geremi Gonzalez (2-0) earned the victory for the Brewers, who completed a three-game sweep of the Reds.

Rockies 5, Giants 3

Denver - Josh Fogg pitched seven strong innings and helped his own cause with his first hit and RBI of the season.

Marlins 18, Nationals 9

Washington - Florida tied a franchise record with an eight-run inning in the highest scoring game ever played at RFK Stadium.

Cubs 1, Astros 0

Houston - Sean Marshall allowed six hits and struck out two in seven strong innings to help Chicago beat Houston, averting a three-game sweep.

Braves 14, Cardinals 4

Atlanta - Atlanta won consecutive series for the first time since May and extended St. Louis' road woes. The Braves scored 10 runs off Jeff Suppan, knocking him out of the game in the fourth inning, to win for the second time in the three-game series.

Padres 6, Phillies 3

Philadelphia - Khalil Greene's three-run homer off All-Star closer Tom Gordon in the ninth inning lifted San Diego. Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and hit his first career homer for the Padres.

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