Mets clobber Reds

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

NEW YORK — Cliff Floyd hit another home run and Kris Benson allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings of his third start, helping the Mets to a 9-2 victory over the Reds on Monday night.

Benson (1-1), who began the season on the disabled list with a strained chest muscle, struck out eight and allowed just two hits after the second inning. Benson threw 112 pitches before Dae-Sung Koo relieved with two outs in the eighth.

Nationals 5, Brewers 2

WASHINGTON — Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs in his Nationals' debut, Vinny Castilla homered and Tony Armas Jr. was solid for seven innings, lifting Washington to its third straight victory.

Armas (1-1) earned his first win since last July 23 against the Florida Marlins. The right-hander was working on a pitch count and was lifted after over seven innings. He allowed two runs, five hits and two walks.

Padres 5, Braves 3

SAN DIEGO — Mark Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the eighth inning to bring in the go-ahead run, and the Padres rallied to beat the Braves in a matchup of two of baseball's hottest teams.

The Padres, who've won five straight, rallied for the second straight game. On Sunday, they scored 10 runs in the seventh inning en route to a 12-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Marlins 6, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES — Brian Moehler (2-1) gave up two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Encarnacion homered as Florida stopped a season-high three-game losing streak.

Brad Penny (2-2), facing the Marlins for the first time since they traded him to the Dodgers last July, allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

The loss was the fifth in six games for the Dodgers, who have been outscored 35-11 in those five losses.

Cabrera put Florida ahead for good by hitting his seventh homer with a runner aboard and two outs in the first.

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