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Friday, 25 April 2008 19:22
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Jair Jurrjens walked three consecutive batters with the bases loaded in the third inning, then got his first major league hit ahead of Kelly Johnson's tiebreaking, two-run homer to help the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling New York Mets 6-3 Friday night.
Johnson had four RBIs for the Braves, who sent the Mets to their fifth loss in six games following a five-game winning streak. Jurrjens (3-2) recovered from his wild stretch - he didn't allow another batter to reach and retired his final 10 batters - combining with four relievers on a two-hitter.
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was smoking was ejected for the 136th time, extending his major league record.
Mike Pelfrey (2-1) gave up five runs, nine hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Phillies 6, Pirates 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chris Coste had three hits and three RBIs, and the Phillies' bullpen pitched more than five innings of effective relief in Philadelphia's win over Pittsburgh.
Jayson Werth hit his fourth home run in five games and had two RBIs for Philadelphia, which has won five of six games.
Tom Gordon (2-2) pitched one inning of relief to pick up the win. Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances. He has pitched 11 innings without allowing a run.
Xavier Nady had two hits and three RBIs, Ryan Doumit added two hits, and Jason Bay homered for the Pirates, who have lost eight of 10.
The Phillies, whose last three wins were thanks to late-inning rallies, jumped out to a six-run lead against Zach Duke (0-2).
Giants 3, Reds 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jonathan Sanchez pitched into the ninth and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, outdueling Reds ace Aaron Harang (1-3) and keeping Ken Griffey Jr. at 597 career home runs.
Sanchez (2-1) retired 16 straight during one stretch and won his second straight start after going winless in his first three outings of 2008.
Bengie Molina doubled in the Giants' go-ahead run in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, when San Francisco scored its first insurance run on an error.
San Francisco won for the fifth time in seven games and third in a row. The Reds have not won the opening game of a series all season, going 0-9.
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Randy Johnson got his first victory since having back surgery in August, holding the Padres to one run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings.
The last-place Padres lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
Johnson's last win came on June 10 against Boston. He made one more start before his 2007 ended because of a sore back that required a second surgery in less than a year.
The NL West-leading Diamondbacks jumped on Randy Wolf for five runs in the third inning, which was highlighted by Mark Reynolds' three-run homer to straightaway center.
Johnson (1-1) walked two. Three relievers combined for three hitless innings to preserve the win.
Wolf (2-1) was gone after four innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits while striking out three and walking none.
Astros 3, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Lee's home run capped a three-run rally off Jason Isringhausen in the ninth inning, helping the Houston win its sixth straight.
Miguel Tejada had an RBI triple and Lance Berkman's sacrifice fly for the second out tied it before Lee hammered a first-pitch fastball well over the left-field wall, a drive estimated at 396 feet, for his fifth homer. Isringhausen (1-2) has nine saves in 11 chances but has taken the loss in two of his last three outings.
Wesley Wright (3-0) had two strikeouts and a walk in the eighth. The Cardinals had a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the ninth before Jose Valverde finished for his fourth save in seven chances.
Nationals 5, Cubs 3
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wil Nieves hit first major league homer, a two-run shot in the ninth inning, to give Washington the win over Chicago.
Nieves drove an 0-2 pitch from Chicago's Bob Howry (0-2) into the Washington bullpen in right field for the Nationals' second straight win after dropping 16 of 19 games.
Jon Rauch (2-0), Washington's fifth pitcher of the evening, worked a perfect ninth.
Chicago, the NL Central leaders, had won six of its previous seven.
Nick Johnson hit a two-run home run off Ryan Dempster into the second deck in right field in the first inning. It was the first home run to reach the second deck of Nationals Park since it opened this season.
Marlins 3, Brewers 0, 10 innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Hanley Ramirez raced home on a 10th-inning grounder to short with the infield in to score the game's first run and Florida beat Milwaukee.
With one out and the infield playing for a play at the plate, Wes Helms hit a ground ball to shortstop J.J. Hardy. Ramirez beat Hardy's one-hop throw to the plate to make it 1-0.
Cody Ross then added a sacrifice fly to center and Mike Rabelo had a run-scoring single off Guillermo Mota (1-1), who came on in the 10th.
Kevin Gregg (3-0) pitched the final two innings for Florida, which won for the first time since July 5 at San Diego when scoring three runs or less.
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