Dan Uggla and the Florida Marlins will sure be sorry to have to leave Washington. Who can blame them? They've been there twice this season and haven't lost yet.
Uggla hit two homers Sunday to help the Marlins complete another three-game sweep of the Nationals with a 5-4 win. The day before, Uggla hit a grand slam.
Florida has won seven straight overall, its best streak since winning nine in a row in August 2006. They've also won all six games this season at Nationals Park.
``I'm not good at analyzing and knowing what's going right or anything like that,'' said Uggla, who has 11 homers. ``I'm just trying to stay aggressive, and that's about all I can tell you.''
The Marlins have relied on the homer all season. Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run shot off Luis Ayala (1-3) and Uggla added his second for Florida's 53rd home run, second in the majors behind Philadelphia's 54 entering Sunday.
In other NL games, it was: New York 8, Cincinnati 3; Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 3; Chicago 6, Arizona 4; San Diego 6, Colorado 1; San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 3; and Houston 8, Los Angeles 5. Rain postponed the Braves at Pirates. They'll play a doubleheader Monday.
Florida starter Scott Olsen, who gave up six hits and four runs in six innings, said he didn't have his usual stuff, but knew the offense would bail him out.
``Four runs for us can happen in a blink of an eye,'' Olsen said. ``Once they got four runs, I figured that was about it - that was as far as I could stretch them before we got the game out of hand. Our offense, all year they've been picking us up and they continued to do it today.''
Logan Kensing (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win, and Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
With the Marlins trailing 4-2 in the eighth inning, Alfredo Amezaga led off with an infield single before Hermida tied it. Then with two outs, Uggla put the Marlins ahead with a shot over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. His fifth-inning shot went out to left-center.
``This one is a little more discouraging because everything goes through your fingers in one inning,'' Washington manager Manny Acta said.
Washington's Aaron Boone had a homer, triple and single with two RBIs in the loss.
``Everyone ought to be a little ticked off right now - anytime someone comes in and sweeps you,'' Boone said.
Mets 8, Reds 3
At New York, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to support Oliver Perez and lead the Mets over the bumbling Reds.
The Reds batted out of order in the ninth after a double switch, when backup catcher David Ross came to the plate in the No. 8 spot instead of Corey Patterson. Ross flied out to right. Once Mets manager Willie Randolph informed the umpires of the mistake, the out was charged to Patterson after a prolonged discussion by the umpires, and Ross batted again. This time, he singled.
Perez (3-3) got his first win since April 19, though the left-hander still had trouble with his command at times.
Reds rookie Johnny Cueto (2-4) allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3
At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun hit a pair of solo home runs, Jeff Suppan (2-2) pitched seven innings and the Brewers' bullpen held on for a win over the Cardinals.
With Eric Gagne out as the closer, the Brewers turned to Salomon Torres and Brian Shouse in the ninth. Torres allowed a leadoff double and a walk before giving way to Shouse with two outs. Shouse, a left-hander, gave up an RBI single to Yadier Molina before finishing for his first save and fifth of his career.
Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 4
At Chicago, pinch-hitter Daryle Ward delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Cubs rallied again to beat the Diamondbacks.
Carlos Marmol (1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth and Kerry Wood pitched the ninth to earn his seventh save in 10 chances and finish off Chicago's three-game sweep of the NL West leaders.
Tony Pena (0-1) lost.
Giants 4, Phillies 3
At San Francisco, Steve Holm hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning for his first major league home run.
Holm homered on the first pitch he saw from J.C. Romero (3-1) after replacing Bengie Molina in the top of the seventh. Romero had allowed only one homer in his previous 61 appearances and came in with an 0.63 ERA over his first 17 outings of 2008.
Jack Taschner (2-0) pitched the seventh and Brian Wilson finished for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Padres 6, Rockies 1
At San Diego, Scott Hairston and Khalil Greene homered to spoil Greg Reynolds' first start, leading the Padres to their first series win in nearly a month.
San Diego lost eight straight series before taking two of three from the NL champions. The Padres hadn't won a series since taking two of three at the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 11-13.
Reynolds (0-1) and Chris Young (3-3) put up zeros until Hairston hit Reynolds' first pitch of the sixth inning just a few feet inside the foul pole.
Astros 8, Dodgers 5
At Los Angeles, Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the Dodgers before the Astros broke out for seven hits and six runs in the eighth.
Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence had RBI singles against Jonathan Broxton (1-1), and Brad Ausmus added a two-run single against the right-hander as the Astros won for the eighth time in nine games. Houston also completed its first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium since September 25-27, 1992.
Geoff Geary (1-1) pitched one inning for the win, and Jose Valverde got the final out for his eighth save after Doug Brocail gave up two runs in the ninth.
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