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Saturday, September 20, 2008

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy delivered a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and New York regained first place in the NL East by beating Atlanta 9-5 on Friday night.

Jose Reyes hit a leadoff homer and had three hits to help the Mets move a half-game in front of Philadelphia, which lost 14-8 at Florida.

New York overcame some shaky defense and improved to 1-6 this season at Turner Field, where the Phillies went 9-0.

Reyes scored three runs and drove in two. David Wright ended a 1-for-19 drought by going 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Nick Evans added a solo home run.

The Mets are 7-9 overall against the Braves, who have lost four straight.

Carlos Delgado led off the eighth with a single against Julian Tavarez (1-3). Pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes sacrificed and was safe at first when second baseman Kelly Johnson dropped the throw for an error. Ryan Church struck out, but Murphy hit a drive to left-center, scoring both runners for a 7-5 lead.

Pedro Feliciano (3-4) got one out for the win.

Marlins 14, Phillies 8

MIAMI (AP) -- Rookie Cameron Maybin had four hits for the second straight game and tied a franchise record by reaching base in 10 consecutive plate appearances for Florida, which tied a franchise record with their ninth consecutive win.

The Phillies had their season-best seven-game winning streak and fell out of first place in the NL East.

Brett Myers (10-12), who pitched a two-hitter in his last start, gave up five runs in his first 17 pitches before retiring a batter. He departed with no outs in the fifth and allowed a career-high 10 runs.

Myers' biggest problem was Maybin, recalled from the minors on Tuesday. He singled in his first four at-bats to hike his average to .900 (9-for-10). He popped out in the eighth, ending a streak of eight consecutive hits to tie another franchise record.

Teammate Mike Jacobs drove in four runs. Dan Uggla hit his 31st home run for Florida, Jorge Cantu added his 29th and Alfredo Amezaga drove in three runs with his third homer.

Ryan Howard briefly put Philadelphia ahead with a two-run homer in the fifth, his 46th. Shane Victorino hit his 13th homer and Gregg Dobbs hit his ninth.

Josh Johnson (6-1) won despite giving up a season-high six runs, five earned, in five innings.

Cardinals 12, Cubs 6

CHICAGO (AP) -- Adam Kennedy capped a five-run first inning with a grand slam, and St. Louis beat Carlos Zambrano and Chicago, slowing the Cubs' march toward a second straight NL Central title.

Chicago clinched at least a tie for the division when Milwaukee lost 11-2 to Cincinnati.

After pitching the Cubs' first no-hitter in 36 years Sunday against Houston in Milwaukee, Zambrano (14-6) allowed eight runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings, his shortest outing in two years.

Kennedy tied his career high with four hits while driving in five runs. It was his second career grand slam.

The Cardinals won their second straight after dropping a season-high seven in a row.

Adam Wainwright (10-3) allowed two runs and four hits over five innings for St. Louis. Reds 11, Brewers 2

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto and Jay Bruce both hit two homers and Cincinnati hit seven overall against Milwaukee's tattered pitching staff.

Milwaukee's 14th loss in 18 September games left the Cubs one victory -- or a Milwaukee loss -- from clinching their second straight NL Central title. The Brewers are 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

Milwaukee hadn't given up more than five homers in a game this season.

Jeff Suppan (10-10), who was 5-0 in August but is 0-3 while allowing 19 earned runs in 16 1-3 innings in September, lasted only two innings.

Votto hit Suppan's sixth pitch of the game for a three-run homer, his 20th. Two batters later, Bruce hit his 20th homer for a 5-0 lead, giving Cincinnati the only pair of 20-homer rookies in the majors.

Manny Parra relieved and gave up four homers -- solo shots by Votto, Jolbert Cabrera and Andy Phillips along with a two-run homer by Jerry Hairston Jr. Bruce completed the outburst with a solo shot off Tim Dillard.

Ramon Ramirez (1-0) went six innings for his first victory in the majors.

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 2

DENVER (AP) -- Jorge De La Rosa threw six solid innings and Chris Iannetta and Clint Barmes homered for Colorado.

The loss ended the Diamondbacks' four-game winning streak and put a dent in their chances of catching the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Arizona came into Friday 3 1/2 games behind the Dodgers with 10 games to go.

Garrett Atkins had three hits for the Rockies. Adam Dunn homered and had two hits, and Mark Reynolds homered for Arizona.

Trailing 3-1 entering the ninth, Arizona rallied against Colorado closer Brian Fuentes. Reynolds hit his 28th home run with one out, Chris Snyder singled and David Eckstein was hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Tony Clark struck out and Stephen Drew walked to load the bases. Fuentes struck out Chris Young for his 29th save in 33 chances.

De La Rosa (9-8) struck out six, walked three and allowed three hits.

Arizona starter Max Scherzer (0-3) allowed three runs and seven hits and struck out eight in six innings.

Astros 5, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Randy Wolf allowed three hits in seven innings and Hunter Pence had two hits and three RBIs to help Houston snap a five-game losing streak.

Wolf (11-12) gave up one run and struck out seven to win for the third time in four starts this month. The left-hander beat the Pirates for the second time in 10 days and won his sixth straight decision against Pittsburgh.

Ty Wigginton and Geoff Blum had RBIs for Houston, which moved within 4 1/2 games of Philadelphia in the wild card.

The Astros, who were held to a combined 16 hits during their losing streak, had six hits against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell (6-12) gave up one earned run and three hits in six innings.

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