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Thursday, 26 July 2007 13:14
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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Jesus Flores hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, who also lost All-Star second baseman Chase Utley to a broken hand.
Ryan Howard homered and Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBIs for the Phillies, who entered with a five-game winning streak, which had matched their season high.
Ryan Zimmerman grounded to third leading off the eighth but reached on a throwing error by Wes Helms. Jose Mesa (0-2), pitching in his 1,000th major league game, walked Austin Kearns with one out and Flores connected with two outs.
Jon Rauch (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings, and Chad Cordero finished for his 20th save in 27 chances. Chris Coste hit an RBI grounder, and a two-out walk to Carlos Ruiz put runners at the corners before Abraham Nunez grounded out.
Utley was hit in the fifth inning by John Lannan, who was making his major league debut. Utley finished the game, going 2-for-4, but X-rays afterward showed he broke a bone in the hand.
Utley planned to see a specialist on Friday but hopes to be back within a month.
Reds 6, Brewers 5
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 588th homer, and the Reds rallied against All-Star closer Francisco Cordero.
After Scott Hatteberg's single off Cordero (0-3) tied it in the ninth, Javier Valentin's single in the 10th gave the Reds three victories in their four-game series against the fading NL Central leaders.
Jared Burton (2-1) got the win after the NL's worst bullpen blew a lead of its own.
Since they opened an 8 1/2-game lead on June 23, the Brewers have gone 13-15 and let the Cubs get back into the race. Their lineup has been the main problem, hitting an NL-low .225 since the All-Star break.
This loss came from an unlikely source. For only the fourth time this season, Cordero let the Brewers down in a save situation.
Pirates 8, Mets 4
NEW YORK (AP) - Josh Phelps capped a five-run sixth inning with a two-run homer, then added an RBI double in the seventh to help the Pirates win for just the second time in 12 games since the All-Star break.
Left-hander Paul Maholm (7-12) won for the third time in four starts, limiting the Mets to three runs and six hits over six-plus innings.
Mets starter Oliver Perez (9-7) protected a 1-0 lead for five innings, dominating a Pittsburgh team that is next-to-last in the NL in runs. He retired 11 straight batters over a stretch that included four consecutive strikeouts, but then made a big error that cost him.
He ran into trouble in the sixth when Nate McLouth opened with a broken-bat single. Maholm faked a bunt and then beat out a chopper to shortstop. Cesar Itzuris sacrificed, and when Perez threw the ball away, McLouth scored the tying run.
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