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 MILWAUKEE (AP) -Chris Capuano struck out a season-high nine, Geoff Jenkins hit a homer and Milwaukee won for the eighth time in nine games, 3-0 over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
The victory pushed the surging Brewers to 22-10, 5 1/2 games up on the idle Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Washington (9-23) has lost six in a row for the second time this year.
Capuano (5-0) allowed seven hits and walked none in eight-plus innings as the Brewers improved to 7-0 in his starts this season. Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 13th save.
Matt Chico (2-4) gave up Jenkins' homer in the third.
Astros 5, Reds 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Luke Scott broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run homer in the eighth off Todd Coffey. Craig Biggio had singled against Kyle Lohse (1-3) and Mike Stanton had walked Lance Berkman before the homer.
Roy Oswalt (5-2) improved to 19-1 against Cincinnati, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings.
Adam Dunn and Alex Gonzalez hit back-to-back homers in the second, and Dan Wheeler gave up Gonzalez's two-run homer in the ninth before getting his sixth save.
Padres 4, Braves 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Chris Young (4-2) struck out eight in six innings, allowing two runs and two hits.
Scott Linebrink, Heath Bell and Trevor Hoffman completed the three-hitter, with Hoffman getting his ninth save to finish off San Diego's third straight victory.
Chuck James (3-3) gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in 3 2-3 innings, the first time in seven starts this season he has not lasted five innings.
Dodgers 6, Marlins 1
MIAMI (AP) - Brad Penny (4-0) struck out a career-high 14 and allowed only five runners in seven shutout innings. Penny walked none and gave up five hits, including two infield singles, and lowered his ERA to 1.39.
Florida's Ricky Nolasco (1-1), making his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
New Dodgers third baseman Andy LaRoche, playing his second major league game, drove in two runs but left in the eighth shortly after being hit by a pitch on the right hand.
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