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Phillies get 20 hits to smash Braves

Phillies get 20 hits to smash Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies piled on a season-best 20 hits to rout the Atlanta Braves 14-1 on Sunday, taking two out of three in the series between the National League's top two teams.
Raul Ibanez homered and drove in six runs while John Mayberry Jr. had three doubles and a career-best four RBIs for the Phillies.
Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels (11-4) allowed one run over eight innings. He allowed just one hit after the second inning and retired his final 13 batters.
The Phillies increased their lead to 3 1/2 games over Atlanta in the NL East. They also matched the club record for wins in the first half of a season, tying the 1993 team with 57 victories.
Braves starter Derek Lowe (5-7) allowed four runs in four innings.
Giants 4, Mets 2
In San Francisco, the hosts beat New York to increase their lead in the NL West to three games, heading into the All-Star break as divisional leaders for the first time in eight years.
Pablo Sandoval celebrated his first All-Star game selection by hitting an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, while Nate Schierholtz added four hits and an RBI.
San Francisco starter Matt Cain (8-5) lowered his ERA to 2.06 over his past eight starts.
New York starter Mike Pelfrey (5-8) allowed eight hits as the Mets lost their first road series since May but went into the break with a positive 46-45 record; something that appeared unlikely when they lost 13 of their first 18 games.
Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2
In St. Louis, the hosts downed Arizona to split the four game series.
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (9-3) gave up two runs in six innings. He has a 6-1 record with a 1.14 ERA in nine home starts.
David Freese homered for the first time since April 12, while Albert Pujols had two hits and Matt Holliday had an RBI single and a walk for the Cardinals, who are tied for the NL Central lead.
The Diamondbacks completed a 5-5 road trip and are in second place in the NL West. Zach Duke (2-4) got the loss.
Brewers 4, Reds 3
In Milwaukee, the home team pounced on Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero, rallying in the ninth.
Mark Kotsay tied it 3-3 with an RBI single, scoring Nyjer Morgan. With the bases loaded and one out, Craig Counsell delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly.
Kameron Loe (3-7) got the win for the Brewers, who won three of four in the series and are tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead at the All-Star break.
Cordero (3-3) blew two save opportunities in the series and has failed to convert his last three chances overall.
Nationals 2, Rockies 0
In Washington, Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the seventh inning to guide Washington past Colorado.
Zimmermann (6-7) went 6 1-3 innings, and was nearly matched by Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (8-7), who gave up one run in seven innings.
Roger Bernadina hit a broken-bat RBI singles in the sixth and Rick Ankiel homered in the eighth.
The two-run margin was a relative rout for the Nationals, whose previous 10 victories had come by either one run or in extra innings. They ended a three-game losing streak, too _ and each of those defeats were by a single run.
It was the first time in six years that Washington had gone into the All-Star break without a negative record.
Pirates 9, Cubs 1
In Pittsburgh, the hosts comfortably beat Chicago and will go the mid-season break with their best record for 19 years.
Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and two sacrifice flies. Neil Walker went 3 for 4, and Alex Presley had two hits and scored two runs for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates are closer to first place this late in the season than at any time since their most recent winning season in 1992. They are one game behind Milwaukee and St. Louis in the NL Central standings.
Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm (6-9) allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings to take the win while Ramon Ortiz (0-2) suffered the loss.
Dodgers 4, Padres 1
In Los Angeles, Andre Ethier homered twice as Los Angeles took a season-high fourth straight victory, defeating San Diego.
Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (6-9) allowed one run over five innings, striking out seven to take his first win in a month.
San Diego starter Tim Stauffer (5-6) was charged with three runs in six innings as the Padres fell to their fifth straight loss.
Marlins 5, Astros 4
In Miami, Mike Cameron belted a tying two-run homer for his first hit since joining the Marlins as Florida completed a four-game sweep of Houston.
Florida's Emilio Bonifacio had three hits, extending his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. He stole three bases and scored twice.
Gaby Sanchez drove in two runs for the rejuvenated Marlins, who head into the break with a season-best five-game winning streak. They're only five games below .500 despite losing 19 of 20 games at one point.
Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (6-6) gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings to take the loss.
Florida's Chris Volstad (5-8) allowed three runs in six innings to get the win, and Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save.


Updated : 2021-04-12 15:59 GMT+08:00