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Howard home runs lead Phillies past Cards

Thursday, July 10, 2008

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in three runs to help Philadelphia beat St. Louis 4-1 on Thursday.

Howard lined a two-run shot off Braden Looper (9-7) in the first and connected again in the sixth. He leads the National League with 27 homers, two more than teammate Chase Utley, and 83 RBIs.

Jamie Moyer (8-6), who won for the first time since June 12, gave up one run and seven hits in seven innings. J.C. Romero got two outs for his first save.

Looper allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Mets 7, Giants 3

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fernando Tatis homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs and New York won its sixth straight game.

The Mets' winning streak is their longest since a seven-game string in August 2006.

David Wright doubled twice, and scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh.

The Giants ended their scoreless streak at 21 innings, but still lost their fourth in a row. They scored in the fourth when John Bowker doubled and later raced home on a wild pitch by starter John Maine.

Tatis hit his fourth homer, a two-run drive off Sergio Romo (0-1) in the seventh. The Mets added two more in the inning on a throwing error by third baseman Jose Castillo and a single by Jose Reyes.

Brewers 11, Rockies 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dave Bush had a career-high 13 strikeouts for Milwaukee, and Corey Hart celebrated making the All-Star team with his 15th homer.

Bush (5-8) allowed one run and four hits over eight innings. He retired 23 of 24 batters after allowing a first-inning run.

Hart connected in the seventh to make it 8-1 and found out shortly after the game that he beat out four other players in Internet balloting for the final spot on the NL All-Star team.

Jorge De La Rosa (3-5) allowed seven runs in 3 2-3 innings for Colorado. He gave up nine hits and dropped to 0-4 on the road.

Milwaukee pushed across six runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead. Ryan Braun had a two-run single and Prince Fielder added a two-run triple. J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his 13th of the season.

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