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|Saturday, 27 July 2013 17:44|
Dan Haren (5-11) pitched seven innings for his first win since May 9, allowing one run and three hits.
Desmond and Span hit back-to-back homers against Dillon Gee (7-8) in the second inning and Harper followed with a two-run drive in the third.
Harper returned to the starting lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting duty in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. The All-Star outfielder aggravated his left knee while diving for a ball in the opener.
BRAVES 2, CARDINALS 0
ATLANTA (AP) - Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and Atlanta, boosted by Julio Teheran's sharp outing, beat St. Louis in a matchup of NL division leaders.
Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.
Simmons' bases-loaded, two-out double came on a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal.
Randy Choate (1-1) walked Freddie Freeman to open the eighth. Evan Gattis struck out and Brian McCann singled. Rosenthal relieved and struck out Dan Uggla before walking Chris Johnson to load the bases.
Luis Avilan (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Craig Kimbrel recorded three outs to earn his 30th save.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and walking three.
PIRATES 7, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) - Michael McKenry had a career-best four hits and drove in two runs and Neil Walker and Garrett Jones each added two RBIs in Pittsburgh's victory over Miami.
McKenry, who came into the night batting .191, raised his average 26 points with a double and three singles. Walker added three hits for the Pirates, the NL wild-card leaders who set the tone with three first-inning runs against Miami's Tom Koehler (2-6).
Charlie Morton (3-2) allowed a season-high nine hits in five innings, finding a way to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 2011. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his fourth save.
Koehler gave up nine hits and five runs in five innings.