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Leake steers Reds past Giants 5-1

Leake steers Reds past Giants 5-1

Cincinnati's Mike Leake pitched his first career complete game, steering the Reds to a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday in a clash of National League divisional leaders.
Leake added some sting by hitting a homer off opposing pitcher Matt Cain with two outs in the sixth.
Zack Cozart hit the first pitch of the game from Cain for a homer, and just like that, San Francisco's franchise-record streak of four straight shutouts was ended.
Jay Bruce added a two-run double in the first for the Reds.
Cain (9-3) had his career-best eight-game winning streak snapped. He allowed three runs in the first inning for the first time in two years.
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METS 9, DODGERS 0
In Los Angeles, R.A. Dickey pitched eight scoreless innings to become the major leagues' first 12-game winner, guiding New York past Los Angeles.
Dickey (12-1) had his fifth scoreless outing in a span of seven starts and struck out 10 while establishing a career high for wins.
Daniel Murphy drove in five runs for the Mets; a two-run double in the fifith and a three-run homer in the seventh.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang (5-5) gave up five runs in 5 2-3 innings.
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NATIONALS 5, BRAVES 4
In Atlanta, Michael Morse had four hits, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as Washington recovered from blowing a four-run lead and edged Atlanta.
The Braves' four-run seventh inning which erased the Nationals' 4-0 lead but Morse had a quick answer, hitting the first pitch from Chad Durbin (3-1) over the wall in right field leading off the eighth.
Washington reliver Sean Burnett (1-1) gave up one hit in 1 1-3 scoreless innings.
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PIRATES 14, CARDINALS 5
In St. Louis, Clint Barmes, Alex Presley and Garrett Jones each homered in a four-run sixth inning that powered Pittsburgh to a big win over St. Louis.
In a game played in stifling heat, the Pirates notched a season-high 19 hits, including Andrew McCutcheon's three-run homer off Marc Rzepczynski in the ninth.
St. Louis' Carlos Beltran got his 2,000th career hit on an RBI single in the third against Kevin Correia (4-6).
Barmes and Presley connected to start the sixth and chase Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (6-8).
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DIAMONDBACKS 9, BREWERS 3
In Milwaukee, Aaron Hill hit for the cycle for the second time in 12 days as Arizona defeated Milwaukee.
Hill doubled for his 1,000th career hit in the first, singled in the third and hit a two-run homer in the fourth. All those hits came off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf (2-6).
Hill tripled in the sixth inning off Livan Hernandez. His head-first slide into third easily beat the relay throw from the outfield.
Brooklyn's Babe Herman is the only other major leaguer to hit for two cycles in one season since 1900, according to STATS LLC. He accomplished the feat in 1931.
Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy (6-7) only allowed one run going into the sixth.
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MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 2
In Miami, Josh Johnson pitched six strong innings to help Miami win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month, beating Philadlephia.
Johnson (5-5) allowed one run and struck out six, improving to 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in his past 10 starts.
Justin Ruggiano tied a career high with three hits and drove in two runs for the Marlins.
Amazingly, Phillies ace Cliff Lee (0-5) remains winless this season, having allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings, falling to 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in his past four starts.
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CUBS 4, ASTROS 0
In Chicago, Paul Maholm pitched into the ninth inning to earn his first win in seven weeks as Chicago downed Houston.
Maholm (5-6) was in command for his 200th major league start, having been 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA over his previous eight outings.
Luis Valbuena hit a two-out solo homer for the Cubs off Bud Norris (5-5) in the second. Steve Clevenger belted a two-run shot in the fourth for his first major league homer, and Alfonso Soriano connected in the sixth.
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ROCKIES 10, PADRES 2
In Denver, Jeff Francis pitched six scoreless innings to steer Colorado to a comfortable win over San Diego.
Francis (1-1) became the first Rockies starter to win since June 4.
Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario each hit two-run homers in the eighth inning to help secure the Rockies' win.
Pitching against his old team, Padres starter Jason Marquis (1-4) held Colorado to two runs through five innings before they scored four in the sixth.


Updated : 2021-07-31 21:00 GMT+08:00