Houston Astros' Raul Chavez, right, of Mexico, singles in the eighth inning off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Oliver Perez, of Mexico, Monday, April 25, 2005 in Pittsburgh. Catching for the Pirates is Humberto Cota, of Mexico, with Alfonso Marquez, of Mexico umpiring. It is the first time in Major League history that a all-Mexican battery was backed by a Mexican umpire.
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PITTSBURGH Oliver Perez allowed four hits over 7 2-3 mostly dominating innings, outpitching Roy Oswalt and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to only their second home victory, 2-0 over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
The Pirates had a major league-worst 1-6 home record, but ended a four-game losing streak at PNC Park by running the Astros' road record to 1-9 also the worst in the majors.
Perez (1-2) didn't give up a hit until two out in the sixth and struck out nine in his first productive start this season. Oswalt (3-2) gave up two runs on sacrifice flies to end his three-game winning streak.
Mets 5, Braves 4
NEW YORK Mike Piazza broke out of a slump with three hits, Cliff Floyd and David Wright hit two-run homers, and the Mets came from behind to end Atlanta's four-game winning streak.
Aaron Heilman (2-2) allowed just two hits over seven innings and retired 15 straight batters but was trailing 1-0 when the Mets came to bat in the sixth against Horacio Ramirez (1-2).
Phillies 5, Nationals 4
WASHINGTON Taking advantage of seven walks by Washington pitchers plus two errors Philadelphia built a four-run lead and held on to beat the Nationals to end a three-game losing streak that dropped them into last in the NL East.
The Nationals have gone 2-6 since opening their first season in Washington 8-4.
Cubs 10, Reds 6
CHICAGO Mark Prior struck out a season-high 10 in six strong innings and Neifi Perez hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs for Chicago.
Prior (3-0) has won all of his starts this season and is looking a lot like the pitcher he was in 2003 when he went 18-6. He gave up his first earned run of the year in the fourth, a leadoff homer to Austin Kearns.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2
LOS ANGELES Javier Vazquez pitched eight strong innings, Troy Glaus and Shawn Green got the key hits in a three-run first, and the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight game.
Vazquez (2-2) allowed five hits, including solo homers by J.D. Drew and Jeff Kent, walked two and struck out nine in his second consecutive strong outing.
Padres 5, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO Geoff Blum had a two-run homer and a go-ahead single, and the Padres put an end to a three-game losing streak.
Woody Williams (2-1) pitched seven strong innings as the Padres spoiled another chance for Felipe Alou to earn his 200th win as Giants manager.
The Padres rebounded from a three-game sweep at Arizona over the weekend with a much-needed win against Noah Lowry (1-2), defeated for the second straight start after the left-hander began his big league career 7-0.
Mark Loretta singled twice and drove in a run and Phil Nevin had an RBI double to give him a 10-game hitting streak for San Diego.
Trevor Hoffman struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in four chances, sending the Giants to their ninth defeat in 13 games after being favored to win the division before the season.
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