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|Saturday, 19 April 2008 14:04|
David Wright had a two-run double for the Mets, who won their fourth straight against Philadelphia after losing nine in a row over two seasons. Each of New York's wins has come with 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins missing from the Phillies' lineup.
Perez (2-0) allowed four hits, struck out seven and overcame five walks. Aaron Heilman escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Billy Wagner finished for his fourth save.
Chase Utley hit a solo homer for the Phillies. Jamie Moyer (1-1) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Rollins hasn't started the last 10 games since spraining his left ankle in a win over the Mets on April 8.
With a sellout crowd chanting ``MVP,'' Rollins emerged from the dugout to pinch-hit in the sixth. But he grounded out against Duaner Sanchez to leave two runners on.
Braves 4, Dodgers 1
ATLANTA (AP) - Just hours after coming back from the minors, Chuck James allowed one run in five innings and the Atlanta bullpen shut down the Dodgers the rest of the way, leading the Braves past Los Angeles for their third straight victory.
Mark Teixeira's two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth that accounted for all the Atlanta scoring and handed James (1-1) the win.
James was recalled from Triple-A Richmond on Friday night before after Glavine went on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year career.
Andruw Jones, the longtime Braves center fielder now playing for the Dodgers, showed signs of breaking out of his slump. He hit a towering drive deep into the left-field seats in the second, his first homer for Los Angeles.
Chad Billingsley (0-3) matched his career high with nine strikeouts and breezed through the first four innings. But it all fell apart for the Los Angeles starter after he fanned pinch-hitter Brayan Pena leading off the fifth.
Brewers 5, Reds 3, 10 innings
CINCINNATI (AP) - Bill Hall's two-run double in the 10th inning kept Milwaukee perfect in extra innings this season.
Hall's two-run homer led to a 5-2 win in the series opener. A day later, he sent a full-count pitch from David Weathers (0-2) into the gap in right-center to break a 3-all tie and send the Reds to their seventh loss in eight games.
Guillermo Mota (1-0) pitched two perfect innings, and Eric Gagne finished off a combined four-hitter for his second save in the series.
Reds rookie starter Johnny Cueto gave up three runs - two earned - in seven innings. Joey Votto hit his third home run in the last four games.
Cubs 13, Pirates 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Jason Marquis pitched six solid innings for his first victory of the season, Derrek Lee and Daryle Ward homered and Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the eighth straight time.
The Cubs are 5-0 against Pittsburgh this season.
Marquis (1-0) won for the first time since last Sept. 16, allowing a run and six hits while striking out seven. He helped himself with an RBI double.
Chicago took a 7-0 lead after three innings, roughing up Tom Gorzelanny (1-2) for the second time this season. The Cubs took advantage of the Pirates' wildness, drawing 10 walks.
Nate McLouth provided Pittsburgh's highlight, extending his hitting streak to 17 games with a fifth-inning double.
Giants 3, Cardinals 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) - San Francisco's Tim Lincecum pitched seven sharp innings and beat St. Louis for the second time in a week.
Aaron Rowand hit a solo home run and an RBI single as the Giants ended a three-game losing streak.
Lincecum (3-0) gave up six hits and struck out five in his 10th major league victory - three of those wins have come against St. Louis. Last Sunday, he struck out 11 in six innings to beat the Cardinals.
A pair of relievers worked the eighth inning and Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
The Giants again beat Joel Pineiro (0-2), who gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He lost to Lincecum last weekend, too.