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National League Roundup

May 12, 2009

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Braves 8, Mets 3

New York — Johan Santana is still waiting for some help from his teammates this year.

Derek Lowe outlasted Santana in a matchup of aces, pitching the Atlanta Braves to a victory that ended New York’s seven-game winning streak.

“I love facing guys like that, especially Santana. He’s going to beat you more than you’re going to beat him, but it’s fun to be in those games,” Lowe said. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to see if you can step up when you have to.”

In a season-long trend that has become maddening for the Mets, they provided Santana with little support on offense or defense. Jose Reyes’ two-out error in the seventh inning led to four runs, saddling Santana (4-2) with his second loss this season when he did not allow an earned run.

“It’s crazy that it happened twice already,” Santana said. “There’s not many things I can do.”

Reds 13, Diamondbacks 5

Phoenix — Willy Taveras matched a career high with five hits, Adam Rosales had a homer and two doubles, and Cincinnati routed the Diamondbacks at home.

Taveras wrapped four singles around a fourth-inning double.

Taveras, who scored four runs and drove in two, had five hits on April 25, 2007, at the New York Mets.

Bronson Arroyo (5-2) allowed five runs and 10 hits in seven innings, striking out five.

The Reds jumped on Arizona starter Jon Garland (3-2) early, scoring one run in the first, three in the third and three in the fourth.

Laynce Nix led off the fourth with a home run to center field, estimated at 433 feet. Three pitches later, Rosales hit a 424-foot shot to left-center field, and Cincinnati’s lead was back to four.

Giants 11, Nationals 7

San Francisco — Randy Johnson struck out nine in his 298th career victory, and Randy Winn had three hits and scored three runs for San Francisco.

Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 29 games.

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