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Trade bait sparks Nationals

July 23, 2006

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— Alfonso Soriano collected four extra-base hits to raise his average to .467 since the All-Star break, then repeated a phrase he's been using a lot lately: "I want to stay here."

Livan Hernandez threw six solid innings, his fastball reaching the high 80s, then uttered that exact same four-word phrase over and over.

If, as the rumor mill would have it, Soriano and Hernandez are on their way out of town, they're still helping Washington right now, and the pair led the Nationals to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday.

"I don't want to get traded," said Hernandez (7-8), who earned his first win in nearly a month. "This is my team."

With other clubs' scouts in town ahead of the July 31 trading deadline, Soriano hit three doubles and a triple, drove in one run and scored two.

"That's my first choice: I want to stay here," Soriano said. "But like I said ... I have no control."

Mets 4, Astros 3

New York - Xavier Nady hit a three-run homer, and Orlando Hernandez recovered from a shaky start to pitch New York past Houston. Carlos Delgado added a sacrifice fly, helping the NL East-leading Mets to their third consecutive victory and 11th in 15 games.

Reds 8, Brewers 7

Cincinnati - Ryan Freel hit a pair of solo homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Reds over Milwaukee in front of a rare capacity crowd at Great American Ball Park.

Marlins 5, Pirates 0

Miami - Rookie Ricky Nolasco allowed four hits in 71â3 innings and struck out seven, leading the Marlins.

Giants 4, Padres 3

San Francisco - Jason Schmidt (7-6) won for the first time in more than six weeks, and San Francisco took over first place in the NL West.

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 3

Phoenix - Luis Gonzalez's solo home run in the eighth inning off Jose Mesa (0-4) lifted Arizona to its 10th win in 12 games and within a half-game of the NL West lead.

Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1

Los Angeles - Jim Edmonds homered for the fourth time in five games, Albert Pujols added a two-run shot, and St. Louis tied the longest home-run streak in franchise history at 18 games.

Braves-Phillies ppd.

Philadelphia - Rain forced the postponement of the Phillies' game against Atlanta, delaying Brett Myers' first start at home since his arrest for domestic violence. The game will be replayed as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 2.

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