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Thursday, 31 May 2007 17:15
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 MILWAUKEE (AP) -Prince Fielder set a franchise record with his 13th homer this month, J.J. Hardy drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Thursday night.
Corey Hart doubled with two outs in the eighth and Hardy followed with a single off Matt Lindstrom (0-2) for his team-leading 46th RBI.
The Marlins made a move to improve their bullpen late Thursday, agreeing to send reliever Randy Messenger to San Francisco for struggling closer Armando Benitez.
The struggling Brewers have lost seven of nine and are 6-14 since starting 24-10, but snapped the Marlins' six-game road winning streak.
Fielder got to Wes Obermueller in the fourth for a two-run homer off the bottom of the batter's eye in center field to give the Brewers a 3-2 lead.
Fielder moved into a tie with the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez for the major league lead with 19 homers. Fielder also set a franchise record for homers in any month, surpassing the mark of 12 set by Gorman Thomas (August 1979) and tied by Greg Vaughn (June 1996) and Jeromy Burnitz (June 1999).
Carlos Villanueva (4-0) threw two scoreless innings and Francisco Cordero earned his 19th save in as many chances.
Mets 4, Giants 2
NEW YORK (AP) - Orlando Hernandez gave up two quick hits and little else over seven impressive innings, and the Mets won for the fifth time in six games.
Jose Reyes energized the Mets with a leadoff walk, his major league-leading 29th steal and an RBI single. Teammate Carlos Beltran bruised his right knee in a first-inning collision with Giants first baseman Rich Aurilia, and was pulled.
Barry Bonds was steamed - literally - on a quiet night in which he went 0-for-3 and stayed at 746 career home runs. The Giants clubhouse was a bit muggy two hours before gametime, and he called for an attendant to turn on the air conditioning.
Hernandez (3-1) had his scoreless-inning streak stopped at a career-high 19 while sending the Giants to their fifth loss in six tries. Matt Cain (2-5) was the loser.
Astros 10, Reds 2
HOUSTON (AP) - Lance Berkman ended a slump with a three-run homer, and Woody Williams had a season-high nine strikeouts to help Houston snap a 10-game losing streak.
Carlos Lee had a two-RBI double during a four-run third inning off Bronson Arroyo (2-6) as the Astros won for just the second time in 14 games. One more loss would've matched the longest skid in franchise history, set in August 1995.
Williams (2-7) allowed seven hits and two walks in five innings. He threw 117 pitches, also a season high, to earn his first win in four starts.
Nationals 11, Dodgers 4
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four runs, Dmitri Young had four hits and Washington broke out of its hitting slump.
The Nationals mustered a total of nine hits the previous two nights while being outscored a combined 15-0, but had 14 hits in the finale of the three-game series.
Micah Bowie (2-2) made his third start of the season and gave up three runs in 5 1-3 innings. Los Angeles starter Mark Hendrickson (2-3) gave up five runs on eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. He has lost three straight decisions.
Ryan Church also homered for Washington.
Russell Martin hit a home run for the Dodgers.
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