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|Friday, 11 May 2007 16:19|
Jorge Sosa (2-0) won his second straight start since coming back from the minors and beat Jeff Suppan (5-3), who pitched at Shea Stadium for the first time since helping the St. Louis Cardinals win Game 7 of last year's NL championship series.
New York took a 4-0 lead in the fourth, won for the seventh time in nine games and cooled off the hottest team in the majors. Milwaukee came to town with a big league-best 24-10 record and had won 10 of 11.
Wright led off with a home run into the left-field bleachers, Carlos Beltran beat out an infield single to first and Delgado hit an opposite-field homer to left. Delgado homered for the second straight game after hitting one in New York's first 32.
Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy homered for the Brewers, whose seven-game lead in the NL Central was the franchise's largest since divisional play began in 1969.
Phillies 7, Cubs 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pat Burrell homered twice and drove in five runs and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings for Philadelphia.
The much-maligned Burrell entered with only one homer and 11 RBIs in 97 at-bats, but he connected twice off Rich Hill (4-2).
Hamels (5-1) allowed two runs on solo homers by Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez and seven hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
Leading 2-0 in the fourth, Hill got in trouble by walking Aaron Rowand and hitting Chase Utley. Burrell then lined a 2-2 pitch into the left-center field seats to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. His two-run shot in the sixth made it 5-2 and chased Hill.
Braves 4, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to help Atlanta end its longest streak without a homer in 24 years.
The Braves went 72 innings without a homer, until Jones followed Chipper Jones' double off the top of the center-field wall with a two-run shot to nearly the same location - putting the Braves up 2-1. Francoeur followed with a drive into the left-field seats for his sixth homer.
The Braves won their fourth straight despite the homer drought, the team's longest since a 13-game streak in 1983. Kyle Davies (1-1) limited the Pirates to one run and seven hits over seven innings.
Pirates starter Zach Duke (1-4) allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Manager Bobby Cox tied Sparky Anderson for fourth place in career victories with 2,194.
Nationals 6, Marlins 0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shawn Hill threw five no-hit innings before leaving with a sore right elbow, helping Washington end an eight-game losing streak.
Hill (3-3) walked two and retired the other 15 batters he faced. He took the mound to start the sixth but left without throwing a pitch. Hill, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2004 and missed all of 2005, will have an MRI exam on Monday and probably will be shut down for a week to 10 days, team doctor Ben Shaffer said.
Four relievers finished up a four-hitter for the Nationals.
Ryan Church drove in Washington's first two runs off Scott Olsen (3-3) with a groundout in the first and a double in the sixth.
Washington finished with 15 hits, and each of its starting position players wound up with at least one. Cristian Guzman and Brian Schneider contributed three apiece.