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Pelphrey's three-hitter leads Mets

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Mike Pelfrey pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and David Wright homered to lead New York past Atlanta 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Pelfrey (12-8) also delivered at the plate, hitting an RBI single in a five-run first inning, when the NL East leaders took advantage of two Atlanta errors.

Daniel Murphy hit a two-run single, and Fernando Tatis also drove in a run for the Mets, who have won eight of nine and 11 of 14. They remained 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Philadelphia.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (11-9) gave up six runs -- four earned -- and six hits in five innings.

Pelfrey walked three and struck out three in his 42nd major league start.

Wright hit his 24th homer leading off the fifth, making it 6-1.

The Braves have lost nine of 10, falling a season-worst 15 games under .500.

Phillies 4, Nationals 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brett Myers tossed a nine-hitter for his first shutout in four years and Philadelphia handed Washington its 12th straight loss.

Myers (6-10) struck out nine and walked one in his sixth start since being recalled from the minors on July 20. He earned his first shutout since a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 20, 2004, and his first complete game since he tossed a six-hitter in a 6-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 20, 2006.

The Nationals tied Kansas City for the longest losing streak in the majors this season. The skid is the franchise's longest since the Montreal Expos dropped 12 straight from Aug. 13-27, 1976.

Ronnie Belliard had two hits for Washington, which has the worst record in the major leagues (44-83). The Nationals have been shut out 19 times this season.

Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer off Collin Balester (2-6) in Philadelphia's three-run fifth.

Brewers 5, Astros 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Manny Parra lasted five innings to earn his first victory in a month, and J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee.

Rickie Weeks walked three times and scored three runs, and Prince Fielder had two sacrifice flies for the Brewers, who managed four hits.

Parra (10-6) won 7-4 at San Francisco on July 20, then lost four straight decisions over his next five starts. He allowed two runs and six hits.

Carlos Villanueva worked two hitless innings, Eric Gagne got out of a jam in the eighth and Salomon Torres pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Wandy Rodriguez (7-6) allowed three runs, two earned, and three hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Astros.



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