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Phillies win, extend lead over Braves

Phillies win, extend lead over Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies extended their lead over Atlanta atop the National League East to 9-1/2 games by beating the Braves 6-3 on Tuesday.
The major league-leading Phillies reduced their magic number _ the combination of their wins and Atlanta's losses _ for clinching a fifth straight division title to 14 games. They have won at least 90 games in four consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Rookie starter Vance Worley (11-1) allowed two runs, striking out six to earn his ninth straight win. The Phillies have won Worley's last 14 starts. That's the most for a rookie since 1970. It's also the most for any Phillies pitcher since the team won 15 straight starts by Steve Carlton in 1972.
Braves starter Tim Hudson (14-9) gave up four runs in six innings.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 2
In St. Louis, Kyle Lohse threw six scoreless innings to guide St. Louis to victory over Milwaukee.
Lohse (13-8), who leads the Cardinals in victories, struck out six. His scheduled start was pushed back two days after a poor performance in his previous outing.
Jon Jay and Matt Holliday both hit homers for St. Louis off Milwaukee starter Yovanni Gallardo (15-10), who has given up six long shots in his past 10-2/3 innings, all of which were against the Cardinals. He conceded three runs in six innings.
The Brewers' comfortable lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central was trimmed to 9-1/2 games.
Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 3
In Denver, Colorado piled on seven runs with two outs in the eighth inning, overwhelming Arizona.
Troy Tulowitzki homered, Seth Smith tripled twice, while Jordan Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez had two hits apiece for the Rockies.
Arizona led 3-1 and appeared headed to its fourth straight win when the Rockies came alive in the eighth. With a man on first, Mark Ellis singled to left and Carlos Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a single off David Hernandez (3-3).
Tulowitzki followed with his 30th homer of the season to make it 5-3.
Colorado's Matt Belisle (10-4) got the win.
Dodgers 7, Nationals 3
In Washington, Stephen Strasburg threw five scoreless innings in his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery, but the bullpen blew the lead as Los Angeles beat Washington.
The 2009 No. 1 draft pick displayed the repertoire that wowed the baseball world last year during a rookie season cut short by injury.
Strasburg threw 56 pitches, 40 for strikes. He struck out four.
The Nationals led 3-0 when he left, but the Dodgers took the lead for good on Rod Barajas' two-run double in the eighth inning off Henry Rodriguez (3-3). Kelly Jansen (2-1) got the win.
Reds 4, Cubs 2, 13 innings
In Chicago, Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 13th inning as Cincinnati recovered from blowing a two-run lead in the ninth and still beat Chicago.
In the ninth, Reds starter Mike Leake had been closing in on his first career shutout when Starlin Castro reached on a two-out single and Bryan LaHair drove a pitch over the wall in right for his first homer since 2008, tying the game.
Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman (4-1) got four outs for the victory and Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 321st career save, tying Jose Mesa for the most by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic.
Chicago's John Grabow (3-1) got the loss.
Astros 4, Pirates 1
In Pittsburgh, Brett Myers pitched into the eighth inning to earn his first win in 2-1/2 months, leading Houston over Pittsburgh.
Myers (4-13) allowed one run over 7 2-3 innings as last-place Houston snapped a four-game losing skid. He had lost seven consecutive decisions coming into the game.
Humberto Quintero had three RBIs for the Astros and Jimmy Paredes finished with three hits.
Former No. 4 draft pick Brad Lincoln (1-2) allowed two runs in six innings for the Pirates.


Updated : 2021-06-19 09:21 GMT+08:00