CHICAGO (AP) -Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally against Milwaukee closer Francisco Cordero and leading the Chicago Cubs over the Brewers 6-5 Friday for their seventh straight win.
The NL Central-leading Brewers took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. They still led 5-3 going into the ninth before Alfonso Soriano and Mike Fontenot singled with one out off Cordero (0-2).
After Derrek Lee hit a sacrifice fly, Ramirez hit the next pitch into the left-center field bleachers for his 15th homer, setting off a wild celebration at Wrigley Field.
It was Cordero's third blown save in 30 chances. Bob Howry (5-4) pitched one inning and got the win.
The Brewers lost for just the third time in 15 games. Kevin Mench hit a three-run homer in the first and with rookie Yovani Gallardo pitching six solid innings, it looked like Milwaukee would build on its NL Central lead.
But Chicago's comeback pulled the Cubs to within 6 1/2 games.
Cubs starter Rich Hill, who has one win in his last 10 starts, lasted just three innings to match his shortest outing of the season. He allowed five runs and five hits.
Gallardo, in his third major league start, gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.
Mets 6, Phillies 5, 1st game
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes homered, Orlando Hernandez pitched six strong innings and New York held on to win the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
J.D. Durbin (0-1) made his first appearance with the Phillies, allowing six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He was released from three organizations before the second week of April.
Hernandez (4-3) baffled the Phillies with a variety of off-speed pitches. El Duque gave up two runs and three hits, including solo homers to Aaron Rowand and pinch-hitter Chris Coste. The right-hander struck out seven.
Guillermo Mota allowed a two-run homer to Wes Helms in the seventh that got the Phillies within 6-4. Pinch-hitter Pat Burrell's RBI single off Aaron Heilman cut it to 6-5 in the eighth. But Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.
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