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Tuesday, 26 June 2007 19:25
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 ATLANTA (AP) -Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered twice, slumping Andruw Jones went deep for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Saltalamacchia hit solo shots in the third and fifth innings, the first multihomer game of the rookie's young career. But the most encouraging swing for the Braves came later in the fifth.
Jones was mired in a 1-for-31 slump that had knocked his average below .200. He had gone 53 at-bats without managing even an extra-base hit since his last homer: June 9 off Jason Marquis of the Chicago Cubs.
With two outs and two runners aboard, Jones got hold of a 3-1 pitch from Mike Bacsik (1-5). Jones leisurely tossed his bat aside as he watched the three-run shot sail into the left-field seats for his 12th homer this season.
Atlanta starter Buddy Carlyle (2-2) allowed a run in seven innings and Bob Wickman got the final two outs for his 14th save.
Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 5, 10 innings
PHOENIX (AP) - Tony Abreu's pinch-hit home run lifted Los Angeles to a victory.
Abreu hit a 1-1 pitch from Doug Slaten (3-1) into the left field seats with two outs in the 10th.
Jonathan Broxton (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Takashi Saito pitched the 10th for his 21st save in 22 chances.
In his first start as the Dodgers' regular first baseman, James Loney fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs. Loney hit a two-run homer in the second, an RBI double in the fourth and a single in the eighth.
To make room for Loney in the lineup, Los Angeles manager Grady Little moved Garciaparra to third base. Garciaparra started at third Tuesday night for the first time since 2005, when he was with the Chicago Cubs. He was 0-for-5, including a strike out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Eric Byrnes, Chris Young and Mark Reynolds each homered for the Diamondbacks.
Padres 3, Giants 2, 10 innings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Kevin Kouzmanoff homered with one out in the 10th inning and Trevor Hoffman earned his 500th save with San Diego, helping the slumping Padres beat San Francisco.
Kouzmanoff's homer off Randy Messenger (1-2) was San Diego's third solo shot of the game and helped the Padres overcome another blown eighth-inning lead and win for just the second time in seven games.
David Wells and the Padres' bullpen kept Barry Bonds stuck on 749 career home runs, mostly by pitching around the Giants slugger. Bonds was 1-for-2 with three walks and remained six homers shy of tying Hank Aaron's all-time mark.
Cla Meredith (3-5) struck out Pedro Feliz with runners on first and second to end the ninth inning to earn the win. Hoffman, the career saves leader with 502, recorded the first two of his career with Florida before joining San Diego in 1993. The game ended when catcher Michael Barrett threw out Roberts trying to steal second base.
Cardinals 5, Mets 3, 11 innings
NEW YORK (AP) - Brendan Ryan hit his first career home run in the 11th inning and St. Louis snapped New York's four-game winning streak.
Down to their final strike in the ninth, the Mets tied it at 3 when Shawn Green drew a walk against closer Jason Isringhausen and scored on Jose Valentin's double.
Ryan, a rookie, had three hits and two RBIs. Scott Spiezio and Juan Encarnacion each drove in a run for St. Louis, which snapped an eight-game losing streak in the regular season against the NL East-leading Mets.
Brad Thompson (6-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Randy Flores got two outs for his first save, the third of his career.
Phillies 11, Reds 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Ruiz drove in a career-best four runs and stole home, and Philadelphia moved to four games over .500, matching its season high.
Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley homered for the Phillies, who finished with 16 hits and gave Kyle Kendrick plenty of support in his third start since replacing injured Freddy Garcia in the rotation.
Kendrick (2-0) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. Fellow rookie Homer Bailey (2-1) lasted just 1 2-3 innings, allowing six runs and six hits.
Josh Hamilton and Adam Dunn hit solo homers for the Reds, who have the NL's worst record (29-48).
Brewers 11, Astros 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Johnny Estrada's grand slam highlighted a nine-run sixth inning and Milwaukee rallied to beat Houston.
Craig Biggio inched closer to the 3,000 hit mark with a single, leaving him three shy of becoming the 27th player to reach that milestone.
The NL Central-leading Brewers have won 11 of 13 since Detroit's Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter on June 12. The Astros, with one game left of a nine-game road trip, have lost six of their last eight.
Trailing 4-2, the Brewers chased Astros' starter Wandy Rodriguez (4-7) with three runs and then tacked on six more off reliever Rick White in the sixth. It was the most runs in an inning this season by the Brewers, surpassing the seven Milwaukee scored in the sixth inning against St. Louis on May 1.
Reliever Matt Wise (2-1) picked up the victory.
Cubs 8, Rockies 5
CHICAGO (AP) - Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer and surging Chicago won its fifth straight.
Floyd's fourth homer sparked a three-run first inning that put Chicago on top to stay. The Cubs added four runs in the fifth, highlighted by Koyie Hill's two-run double.
Chicago starter Ted Lilly (6-4) gave back much of the early lead but hung in for six innings, allowing four runs and six hits, with five walks and five strikeouts.
Rockies starter Rodrigo Lopez (4-1) left in the fifth and lost for the first time in nine starts. The right-hander gave up eight runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Pirates 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) - Paul Maholm gave up three hits and two runs in 7 2-3 innings and Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak.
Maholm (4-10), who celebrated his 25th birthday on Monday, retired 15 straight batters after giving up a solo home run to Dan Uggla in the third inning. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Dontrelle Willis (7-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Marlins in his fifth consecutive loss.
Jack Wilson had a solo homer and two RBI for the Pirates.
 

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