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Phillies pound Dodgers, Maddux

Phillies pound Dodgers, Maddux

The Philadelphia Phillies pounded veteran pitcher Greg Maddux in his Los Angeles debut to beat the Dodgers 8-1 in the National League on Friday.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Chris Coste hit home runs for Philadelphia, which ended a six-game losing streak to the Dodgers and remained 2-1/2 games behind New York, which tops the NL East division.
Maddux, who was traded from San Diego on Tuesday, allowed seven runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Los Angeles remained two games behind NL West leader Arizona.
Howard hit his 34th homer to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Howard entered the at-bat with a dismal record of 3-for-36 with 18 strikeouts and one homer in his past 14 games.
The Phillies scored four runs in the sixth to knock Maddux out of the game. Coste's three-run homer capped the inning as the Phillies scored their most runs this month.
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 4
In Phoenix, Florida came from behind in the eighth inning to edge Arizona.
Wes Helms tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Cody Ross followed with a solo homer.
The comeback spoiled a 13-strikeout performance by Arizona's Randy Johnson, who pitched seven strong innings. The Diamondbacks maintained a two-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West.
In a see-sawing encounter, Arizona rallied to go ahead in the bottom of the seventh before the Marlins snatched the lead back to remain six games behind NL East leader New York.
Mets 3, Astros 0
In New York, New York shut out Houston to maintain its buffer atop the NL East.
Mets starter Johan Santana allowed eight hits in seven innings to win his fifth straight decision.
New York took advantage of the only two mistakes made by Houston starter Roy Oswalt: capitalizing on a wild pitch to score in the first and hitting a two-run homer in the second.
Oswalt gave up all four hits in the first two innings.
Cardinals 18, Braves 3
In St. Louis, the home team set its season highs for runs and hits (26) to crush Atlanta.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright worked six dominant innings in his first start since early June, and also contributed with the bat, recording a career high three hits and an RBI.
Albert Pujols had three hits and three RBIs for St. Louis.
The first five hitters were a combined 10-for-12 with seven walks and a sacrifice fly the first four times through the order, as the Cardinals raced to a 12-1 lead after five innings.
St. Louis moved within seven games of the NL Central lead and is 2-1/2 games off wildcard holder Milwaukee.
Brewers 10, Pirates 4
In Milwaukee, the home team narrowed the gap atop the NL Central by beating Pittsburgh.
Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer to key a six-run seventh inning for the Brewers, who moved within 4-1/2 games of Central leader Chicago and maintained their lead in the wildcard race.
Milwaukee starter Dave Bush tossed seven sharp innings, allowing three runs.
Nationals 13, Cubs 5
In Chicago, lowly Washington overcame a four-run deficit to trounce Chicago.
Willie Harris hit his first career grand slam and a two-run homer for Washington, which came into the game with the majors' worst record while Chicago had the best.
Harris' slam capped a six-run sixth inning that put the Nationals ahead 6-4. He added a two-run shot in the ninth for his first multihomer game in the majors.
Giants 5, Padres 0
In San Francisco, the home team won its sixth game in seven by shutting out San Diego.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum pitched eight innings to earn his 14th victory of the year. He struck out eight to extend his majors' leading total to 200 for the season. Lincecum didn't allow a runner to reach third.
Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer for San Francisco.
Reds 8, Rockies 5
In Denver, Aaron Harang pitched out of a bases-loaded jam for his first win in more than two months as Cincinnati downed Colorado.
Harang scattered six hits over six innings, guiding the Reds to a 8-0 lead in the seventh inning that was reduced by the Rockies but not overcome.


Updated : 2021-04-21 17:14 GMT+08:00