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Volquez straight back to best for Reds

Volquez straight back to best for Reds

Edinson Volquez gave a starring performance in his return from elbow surgery, guiding the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-1 win over the Colorado Rockies in the National League on Saturday.
Volquez (1-0) made it back ahead of schedule from surgery last Aug. 3 to rebuild his right elbow. The Reds' former ace pitched like one, striking out nine while hitting 152 kph (95 mph) with his fastball.
Cincinatti hit four homers: Drew Stubbs homered in his first two at-bats against Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (3-2), who was hit hard in his second outing since he recovered from a torn finger tendon. Brandon Phillips added a three-run shot, and Jonny Gomes also went long.
Carlos Gonzalez hit an RBI single for the Rockies in the first.
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 0
In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright pitched six sharp scoreless innings to remain unbeaten at home and direct St. Louis' win over Los Angeles.
Wainwright (14-5) has allowed just one earned run in his past 29 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.02. He improved to 10-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 10 home starts.
Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who have won four in a row, including the first three of this series against the Dodgers.
L.A. starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-8) took the loss, giving up four hits over six innings.
Brewers 6, Braves 3
In Atlanta, Corey Hart hit a three-run double in Milwaukee's five-run seventh inning, sinking Atlanta.
Prince Fielder hit his 21st homer in the Brewers' big seventh and was hit by a pitch in the eighth, leading to ejections for Braves reliever Jonny Venters and manager Bobby Cox.
Milwaukee starter Chris Narveson (8-6) allowed only two runs in six innings.
Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske homered for Atlanta, while starter Tim Hudson (9-5) gave up a season-worst six runs in 6 2-3 innings and walked three batters in the seventh.
Phillies 4, Cubs 1
In Chicago, Placido Polanco, just off the disabled list, hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning and Philadelphia rallied for four runs to beat Chicago.
Chad Durbin (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.
Chicago appeared on its way to making it three straight with a 1-0 lead, but closer Carlos Marmol (2-2) gave up Polanco's hit and Ross Gloard scored on a wild pitch. Jayson Werth then walked to force in a run and Raul Ibanez had a run-scoring infield hit.
The Cubs had gone ahead in the seventh on Ryan Theriot's bunt single.
Marlins 2, Nationals 0
In Miami, Josh Johnson and three relievers combined on an 11-hit shutout, leading Florida over Washington.
Johnson (10-3) struck out seven and walked none in six innings, lowering his NL-leading ERA to 1.62. The All-Star pitcher has not allowed more than two runs in his past 12 starts, pitching at least six innings each time.
The Nationals went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 on base.
Ronny Paulino drove in the only runs for the Marlins with a single in the second off Livan Hernandez (6-6).
Pirates 12, Astros 6
In Pittsburgh, Neil Walker had three hits, drove in two runs and scored three times, helping Pittsburgh thrash Houston and snap a seven-game losing streak.
Jose Tabata and Lastings Milledge each had two hits and two RBIs as all but one Pittsburgh position player drove in at least one run. The Pirates beat Houston for the first time in eight meetings this season.
The game, matching two of the National League's worst teams, featured four lead changes and 12 pitchers.
Hunter Pence homered and Michael Bourn hit a two-run double during a four-run second inning for the Astros.
Pittsburgh's Javier Lopez (2-1) got the win, and Houston's Bud Norris (2-7) picked up the loss.


Updated : 2021-10-18 04:15 GMT+08:00