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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 19:51
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 PHOENIX (AP) -The Arizona Diamondbacks hammered Chris Young again and narrowed the gap in the NL West.
Extending their mastery of San Diego's All-Star, Tony Clark and Eric Byrnes homered as the Diamondbacks defeated San Diego 9-1 on Tuesday night to pull within .001 of the division-leading Padres.
Doug Davis (13-11) allowed one run in seven innings as he reached a career high in victories. Davis gave up six hits and five walks and struck out five.
While Davis cruised, Young (9-6) continued to struggle since coming off the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. He has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 13 1-3 innings, a span of three starts.
No one hits Young harder than the Diamondbacks. Three of Young's six losses have come against Arizona, and he has allowed 16 earned runs in 19 2-3 innings, a 7.32 ERA.
Young is 9-3 with a 1.88 ERA against everyone else.
Mets 11, Reds 7
CINCINNATI (AP) - Paul Lo Duca hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, powering the Mets to their fifth straight victory.
The NL East leaders have regained control of their division with their longest winning streak of the season. A balanced offense has led the way, piling up 46 runs in the last six games and reaching double-digits three times.
No matter who the Reds put on the mound, the Mets hit him. Hard.
Lo Duca got it started with his three-run homer in the second inning off Matt Belisle, a drive that was caught by a fan wearing a white Mets jersey in the front row behind the left-field wall.
After falling behind 5-3, the Mets sent nine batters to the plate for five runs in the sixth inning, a rally started by Carlos Beltran's two-run homer. Shawn Green added a two-run double off reliever Bill Bray (3-2) during the comeback, and Lo Duca finished it with an RBI single.
Oliver Perez (13-9) get the victory on an off-night. Perez lasted only five innings, walked five and gave up five runs.
Phillies 5, Braves 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Ryan Howard hit his 37th homer, and Kyle Lohse quieted the Braves' offense to help the Phillies end a three-game losing streak.
Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, made it 2-0 in the first with his 15th career homer off the Braves and sixth at Turner Field.
Chipper Jones hit his 23rd homer for Atlanta, which has lost four of five and 10 of 14.
With the win, the Phillies moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Braves in the wild-card race and remained five games behind the New York Mets in the NL East after the Mets beat the Reds. Philadelphia began the day three games behind Arizona.
Lohse (8-12) improved to 2-0 with a 4.06 ERA in seven starts since the Phillies acquired him from Cincinnati on July 30.
Buddy Carlyle (8-6) lasted just 1 2-3 innings, giving up four hits, three runs and three walks in the shortest start of his career.
Dodgers 6, Cubs 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Brad Penny earned his 15th victory, Matt Kemp had four hits and the Dodgers spoiled Steve Trachsel's return to the Cubs, beating Chicago.
The Cubs lead in the NL Central was reduced to a half-game over Milwaukee and a game over St. Louis, both of whom won. The Dodgers, who won for the seventh time in nine games, moved within three games of San Diego and Arizona in the NL West.
Rebounding from a rough outing in his previous start against the Nationals when he gave up eight hits and six runs in five innings (a no-decision), Penny (15-4) got his first win since Aug. 15. He allowed seven hits and two runs - one earned - in seven innings.
Trachsel (0-1), acquired in a trade from Baltimore last Friday for the final month stretch run, made his first outing with the Cubs since 1999. He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Brewers 5, Astros 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rookie Ryan Braun homered and Francisco Cordero set a franchise record with his 40th save, as the Brewers beat the Astros.
Carlos Villanueva (7-3) pitched six solid innings in his first start as a member of the Brewers' rotation. His outing ruined the comeback of Houston's Brandon Backe (0-1), making his first start in more than a year after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery.
Cordero pitched the ninth to earn his 40th save in 46 chances, topping the franchise record of 39 set by Dan Kolb (2004) and Derrick Turnbow (2005).
Cardinals 6, Pirates 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Duncan hit a three-run double to back Joel Pineiro and the Cardinals beat the Pirates.
The Cardinals moved back over .500 with the win, and within a game of first-place Chicago.
Russell Branyan homered in his first start since being acquired from the Phillies four days earlier. Not known as a great fielder, he also made three nice plays at third base, each time on well-hit grounders by Josh Pearce. Rick Ankiel and Jim Edmonds had an RBI apiece in the first inning for the Cardinals, who have won five of six.
Matt Morris (8-9) struggled in his second start in St. Louis as a visiting player. Morris, whose 101 wins rank 10th on the Cardinals' career list, lasted five innings and gave up five runs and five hits.
Pineiro (4-2), who wears 35 like Morris used to, pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits. He quieted the Pirates, who had scored 31 runs in winning three in a row over the Cardinals.
Ryan Franklin got four outs for his first career save.
Rockies 6, Giants 5
DENVER (AP) - Brad Hawpe singled in the game-winning run with one out in the ninth inning to lift Colorado over the Giants for the Rockies' third straight win.
With their fifth victory in six games, the Rockies improved to a season-high six games over .500. Colorado moved within four games of San Diego and Arizona in the NL West and wild-card race.
Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins drew one-out walks from Brad Hennessey (2-4). With Jamey Carroll running for Helton, Hawpe drove a 2-2 fastball into the gap in right field to score Carroll.
Manny Corpas (4-2) worked a perfect ninth for the Rockies.
Helton was 3-for-3 with two walks and an RBI double and Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homer, his 19th, for Colorado.
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
WASHINGTON (AP)- Jesus Flores' two-run, ninth-inning double gave the Nationals a win over the Marlins.
With the Nationals trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Dmitri Young led off with a walk off Kevin Gregg (0-5). With one out, Wily Mo Pena singled to third and pinch-runner Ryan Langerhans advanced to third. After Ronnie Belliard popped to first, Flores doubled to the left-field corner, scoring Langerhans and Pena.
It was Gregg's third blown save of the year.
A fifth-inning single gave Miguel Cabrera his 500th career RBI and the Marlins a 3-2 lead. Cabrera became the third-youngest player in major-league history to reach 500 RBIs.
Flores' hit spoiled Dontrelle Willis' opportunity to win just his second game in 18 starts. He has one win since May 29.
Chris Schroder (2-1) pitched a hitless inning for the victory.
 

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