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|Sunday, 15 July 2007 12:58|
The Cubs have won 15 of their past 19 games and swept the Astros in a three-game series at Wrigley Field for the first time since May 1984.
Ryan Theriot and Angel Pagan also homered for the Cubs.
Reliever Michael Wuertz (2-2) earned the victory. He got one out in the seventh with bases loaded and pitched a perfect eighth inning. Bob Howry earned his fifth save.
Mike Lamb homered for the Astros, who have lost six straight on the road.
Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez (6-8) couldn't hold an early 5-0 lead. He allowed six runs on seven hits in the second inning.
Mets 5, Reds 2
NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Reyes homered, Oliver Perez won in his return from the disabled list and New York got another big hit from Lastings Milledge in a victory.
Reyes connected for the second time in the series, helping the Mets take three of four from Cincinnati. The NL East leaders, who have won eight of 10 at home, remained 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Atlanta.
Adam Dunn knocked out a scoreboard panel with a long home run for Cincinnati, which has lost 14 of 20 on the road.
Perez (8-6) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
Reds starter Kyle Lohse (5-11) threw 100 pitches but failed to get out of the fifth. He gave up five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
Braves 5, Pirates 1
ATLANTA (AP) - Buddy Carlyle pitched eight impressive innings to win his third straight decision and surging Atlanta got four hits from Edgar Renteria, completing a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.
Atlanta has won four straight, seven of eight and 12 of 16.
Carlyle (4-2) gave up one run and four hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. The right-hander improved to 3-0 over his past four starts.
Paul Maholm (5-12) allowed three runs - two earned - and eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Brewers 4, Rockies 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Pinch-hitter Kevin Mench's tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh lifted Milwaukee.
Mench scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2 for the Brewers (51-40).
Colorado, which had won six of eight, dropped below .500 to 45-46.
Jeremy Affeldt (4-2) had retired 16 of his previous 17 batters before Geoff Jenkins' double. Matt Wise (3-1) pitched one scoreless inning in relief of Jeff Suppan and got the win.
Derrick Turnbow gave up a solo homer to Brad Hawpe in the eighth, but Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless ninth for his 28th save in 31 chances.
Marlins 5, Nationals 3
MIAMI (AP) - Miguel Cabrera hit two solo home runs and Josh Willingham added another to help Florida defeat the Washington.
Willingham homered for the third straight game. Cabrera, who withdrew from Monday night's All-Star Home Run Derby with a shoulder injury, has hit three homers in his past two games.
Scott Olsen (7-7) gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. He walked five and struck out two and improved his home record to 5-2. Kevin Gregg was the fourth Marlins reliever and earned his 20th save in 21 chances.
Jason Simontacchi (6-7) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.