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Archive for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

National League Roundup: Phils still perfect at Turner

Victorino’s four RBIs doom Braves; Met wins debut

July 2, 2008

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Phillies 8, Braves 3

Atlanta - Shane Victorino hit a home run and drove in four runs, and the Phillies beat the Braves on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten at Turner Field this season.

Pat Burrell also hit a homer for the Phillies, who improved to 6-1 against the Braves this season. They are 4-0 in Atlanta.

Mets 7, Cardinals 4

St. Louis - Tony Armas won his season debut after a minor-league callup, and eighth-place hitter Ramon Castro had two hits and three RBIs in New York's victory over St. Louis.

Nationals 9, Marlins 6

Miami - Collin Balester won his debut, and Ronnie Belliard hit a grand slam to give Washington a victory over Florida. Balester gave up one hit and struck out three in five innings to become the first Nationals starting pitcher to win his big-league debut. Balester became the first franchise starter to win his debut since Dan Smith on June 8, 1999, when the club was still in Montreal.

Rockies 4, Padres 0

Denver - Aaron Cook tossed a five-hitter for the first shutout of his career, and Colorado ended an eight-game losing streak with a victory over San Diego. Cook (11-5) struck out four.

Pirates 6, Reds 5 (11)

Cincinnati - Pittsburgh blew two more late leads, but Jack Wilson - batting at the very bottom of the order - hit a tiebreaking triple in the 11th inning that set up a victory over Cincinnati.

Dodgers 7, Astros 6 (11)

Houston - Jeff Kent hit a solo homer off Wesley Wright in the 11th inning, and the Dodgers blew a five-run lead, then rallied to beat the Astros.

Brewers 8, D'backs 6

Phoenix - J.J. Hardy homered twice, and the Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks, handing Randy Johnson his sixth straight loss. Joe Dillon also homered for the Brewers, who beat Arizona for the fourth time in five meetings. The NL West leaders dropped to 42-42 and saw their lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers shrink to 21â2 games.

Giants 2, Cubs 1

San Francisco - Matt Cain struck out 10 in eight shutout innings, third baseman Jose Castillo made a great diving stop in the eighth to save a hit, and the Giants beat the Cubs.

Fred Lewis stole home, scored both runs and had the first two hits against Chicago starter Jason Marquis (6-5) to help Cain's winning cause.

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