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|Wednesday, 18 April 2007 16:08|
MIAMI (AP) -John Maine took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the New York Mets scored four times before Dontrelle Willis retired a batter in a 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.|
Miguel Cabrera's sharp single broke up Maine's bid to become the first Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter. Three batters later, Joe Borchard hit a two-run homer.
Maine (2-0) struck out seven and walked four in seven innings. Aaron Sele and Aaron Heilman completed the three-hitter.
David Wright, who went 2-for-5, singled in the second inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 25 games, a franchise record over two seasons for the Mets. Hubie Brooks (1984) and Mike Piazza (1999) share the one-season record of 24 games in a row.
Willis (3-1) failed in his bid to become the first four-game winner in the majors. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs, seven earned, in five innings. The left-hander fell to 12-2 in April and 11-3 against the Mets.
Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs for New York. Jose Reyes went 4-for-6 and scored twice.
Astros 7, Reds 2
CINCINNATI (AP) - Jason Lane hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, completing a rally that lifted the Astros to a victory over the Reds.
Down 2-1, the Astros scored five times in the eighth against a bullpen that hadn't surrendered a lead so late.
Not surprisingly, Lance Berkman was a big part of the Astros' comeback for their sixth victory in seven games. Berkman, who has had some of his biggest games against the Reds, singled home the tying run with two outs off Todd Coffey (1-1).
After pinch-hitter Mark Loretta gave Houston a 3-2 lead with a single off Rheal Cormier, Lane hit the left-hander's first pitch into the seats in left field for his third homer.
Chris Sampson (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Astros.
Brandon Phillips and Josh Hamilton homered for the Reds.
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