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Dodgers go deep three times to halt Rockies' surge

Dodgers go deep three times to halt Rockies' surge

Andre Ethier hit two of Los Angeles' three home runs to power the Dodgers past the Colorado 6-1 on Wednesday, restoring their lead over the Rockies in the National League West to three games.
The Rockies, who had won eight of 10, were trying to move within a game of Dodgers, a team they trailed by 15 1/2 games on June 3. The three-game series ends Wednesday.
Colorado had posted four straight come-from-behind wins, including a 5-4 victory in 10 innings in the series opener.
Ethier hit his 26th and 27th homers off spot starter Josh Fogg (0-2), who allowed six runs, all on the long ball, and four hits in three-plus innings.
Ethier gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first and he made it 3-1 with a solo shot leading off the fourth. James Loney's three-run home in the inning made it 6-1.
Colorado got its only run on Ryan Spilborghs' eighth homer in the second before Wolf retired 14 of the next 16 batters he faced.
Phillies 4, Pirates 1, 10 innings
At Pittsburgh, Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning after Philadelphia's bullpen blew yet another lead to Pittsburgh.
The Phillies, winning their 13th of 16 games, led 1-0 going into the ninth but the Pirates tied it on their first pinch-hit homer of the season, by Brandon Moss against Ryan Madson. Philadelphia didn't use closer Brad Lidge, who blew his ninth save of the season on Tuesday, surrendering rookie Andrew McCutchen's game-ending, two-run homer.
Despite allowing the homer, Madson (5-4) pitched the final two innings for the victory.
Pittsburgh reliever Steven Jackson (2-3) walked Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino singled before left-hander Phil Dumatrait, pitching for only the third time since sitting out more than a year following shoulder surgery, was brought in to face Howard, who hit his 35th homer and the Phillies' league-leading 180th.
Cardinals 3, Astros 2
At St. Louis, Joel Pineiro worked eight strong innings to win his seventh straight decision as St. Louis jumped on Houston's Roy Oswalt early.
Pineiro (13-9) allowed two runs and seven hits and Mark DeRosa's two-run double capped a three-run first for the NL Central leaders, who are 15-3 in their last 18 games. Matt Holliday added an RBI single and Albert Pujols had two hits after entering the game 5 for 33 against Houston this season.
Carlos Lee had three hits and an RBI and Lance Berkman was 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Astros, who have lost 14 of 18 on the road. They have dropped 11 of their last 14 in St. Louis.
Marlins 5, Mets 3
At Miami, Josh Johnson gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings but remained undefeated against New York.
Johnson (13-3) trailed early but improved to 7-0 with an ERA of 2.30 in nine career starts against the Mets, who lost their fifth straight, and their disabled list grew to 13 players when pitcher Oliver Perez was sidelined with a season-ending knee injury.
Three relievers combined for three scoreless innings, with Leo Nunez pitching the ninth for his 16th save.
Ronny Paulino hit a two-run homer for Florida, and Cody Ross hit a two-run triple.
Mike Pelfrey (9-9) fell to 1-6 in 10 starts against Florida, with six losses in a row. He gave up 11 hits, five walks and five runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Padres 12, Braves 5
At Atlanta, San Diego had a six-run sixth inning before Kevin Kouzmanoff finished off Atlanta with a two-run homer.
The last-place Padres won their second straight over the Braves. On Thursday, San Diego will go for its first series sweep since taking three games from the Chicago Cubs on May 22-24.
Atlanta's Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Tim Stauffer (2-6) in the first inning.
San Diego sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring more runs that inning than their last three games combined.
Kouzmanoff went deep off Manny Acosta in the seventh for his 16th homer, and a three-run ninth blew it open.
Cubs 9, Nationals 4
At Chicago, Milton Bradley homered and had three RBIS and Chicago scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat Washington.
Bradley hit a two-run homer in the third and broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh with a run-scoring groundout off reliever Jason Bergmann (2-3).
Koyie Hill and Derrek Lee had two-run doubles and Mike Fontenot added an RBI double off Jorge Sosa in the eighth when the Cubs batted around.
Angel Guzman (3-3) got the win with an inning of relief after replacing starter Rich Harden, who allowed five hits and two runs in six innings.