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Reds and Cubs score victories

Sunday, April 20, 2008

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, Mark Teixeira homered and the Atlanta Braves beat Los Angeles 6-1 Sunday for their first sweep of the Dodgers in eight years.

The Braves gave up a total of three runs in defeating the Dodgers three times. Atlanta's last sweep over Los Angeles came in a three-game set in April 2000.

Atlanta won its fourth in a row overall despite losing third baseman Chipper Jones because of a strained right quadriceps. He originally hurt himself April 9 at Colorado.

Jones extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single and doubled in the fifth. He slid late into second base and was slow to return to his feet.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Jones is questionable for Monday night's game against Washington but said the injury is "nothing that's going to have him out any length at all."

Jurrjens (2-2) gave up three hits and three walks, and struck out a career-high eight. Russell Martin homered in the fourth inning for the Dodgers' only run.

Kelly Johnson homered in the fifth off Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda (1-2), who gave up seven hits with four walks in six innings but allowed only two runs.

Cubs 13, Pirates 6

CHICAGO (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez tied a career-high with four hits, including a two-run homer, and Chicago beat the Pirates to complete its second three-game sweep of them this season.

Ryan Theriot added four hits, scored three runs and drove in two as Chicago won for the 11th time in 14 games. With Saturday's 13-1 drubbing, this was the first time the Cubs scored 13 or more in back-to-back games since they did it against Florida and Atlanta on July 20-21, 2003.

Chicago banged out a season-high 18 hits, the most since it had 20 against Cincinnati last August 16, while sending Pittsburgh to its fifth straight loss. The win was Chicago's ninth straight against the Pirates, matching the Cubs' longest win streak against them since Sept. 5, 1938 to May 13, 1939.

Ryan Dempster (3-0) allowed five hits, walked two, struck out three and hit a batter in his shortest outing of the year for Chicago.

Zach Duke (0-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings for Pittsburgh.

Reds 4, Brewers 3, 10 innings

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Bako hit consecutive homers off Eric Gagne in the 10th inning, and Ken Griffey Jr. followed with a run-scoring single for Cincinnati.

The Reds won for only the second time in their last nine games.

Encarnacion helped the Brewers pull ahead 3-1 in the top of the 10th with his sixth fielding error, booting a grounder as he hurried to try to start a double play. Jared Burton (1-1) let in a run with a wild pitch, and J.J. Hardy singled home another.

Gagne (1-1) gave up Encarnacion's second solo homer of the game and Bako's first homer of the season to open the bottom half. He left after walking Scott Hatteberg.

Brandon Phillips had a one-out infield single off Salomon Torres, and Griffey singled over the head of right fielder Corey Hart to end it.

The Brewers had been 4-0 in extra innings.

Astros 6, Colorado 4

HOUSTON (AP) -- Kaz Matsui hit a two-run single in the eighth inning against his former team, helping Houston ended a three-game losing streak.

Hunter Pence led off the eighth with a single and Mark Loretta walked against reliever Brian Fuentes (0-1), who allowed a run for the first time in 10 appearances this season. Both runners moved up on an infield out to set up Matsui's hit.

Miguel Tejada followed with an RBI double for the final run.

Wesley Wright (2-0) worked the eighth and Jose Valverde got three outs for his second save.

Giants 8, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bengie Molina hit three doubles and drove in three runs, and San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis to win the season series 4-3.

John Bowker hit his third career home run, all against the Cardinals, and Aaron Rowand drove in two runs as the Giants handed St. Louis its first series loss of the season.

Jonathan Sanchez (1-1) pitched two-hit ball for five innings. The Cardinals did not score until getting two runs in the ninth off Vinnie Chulk.

Braden Looper (3-1) endured one of his worst outings since moving to the rotation last year, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in three-plus innings. He missed a chance to become the Cardinals' first starter to start the year 4-0 since Matt Morris in 2002.

Marlins 6, Nationals 1

MIAMI (AP) -- Scott Olsen allowed only three hits in seven innings and Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs for Florida.

Olsen (3-0) gave up one run, won his third start in a row and lowered his ERA to 2.60. Last year the left-hander went 10-15 with an ERA of 5.81, highest of any pitcher in the National League with at least 162 innings.

Washington's Odalis Perez pitched six innings but remained winless despite allowing only one run, which was unearned. Ramirez homered near the 434-foot sign in center field on the first pitch from reliever Luis Ayala (0-1) to start the seventh, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Ramirez added a two-run homer to center in the eighth.

Austin Kearns homered for the Nationals.

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 4

PHOENIX (AP) -- Justin Huber connected off Randy Johnson for his first career home run, ruining the Big Unit's return and helping San Diego snap a four-game losing streak.

The Padres had mustered a total of six runs in their previous four games, all losses. They scored that many against Johnson, who hadn't started a game since back surgery last year.

Huber supplied the big blow, a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Johnson (0-1) gave up six runs, four of them earned, and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

Randy Wolf (2-0) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings for the Padres, striking out seven and walking one.



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