PHILADELPHIA Bobby Abreu’s grand slam snapped a 25-game homerless skid, and Todd Pratt and Chase Utley added solo shots, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
Abreu was mired in a monthlong slump, hitting just .217 since winning the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break in Detroit. Abreu and manager Charlie Manuel both consistently denied the 41-homer exhibition performance affected the slugging right fielder’s swing.
Padres 12, Pirates 7
PITTSBURGH Brian Lawrence beat his brother-in-law and kept the San Diego Padres in first place.
With the Padres roughing up Mark Redman Lawrence’s brother-in-law for seven runs in 2 1-3 innings, San Diego won its first series in nearly a month by beating Pittsburgh.
Brewers 12, Mets 9
NEW YORK Geoff Jenkins went 5-for-5 and drove in the tying run, keying a five-run rally in the ninth inning that carried Milwaukee past New York.
Pinch-hitter Damian Miller drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single, and Wes Helms capped the outburst with a two-run double. Milwaukee roughed up six New York pitchers for 21 hits during a game that last an unbearable 4 hours, 9 minutes in stifling humidity.
Giants 6, Rockies 4
SAN FRANCISCO Lance Niekro broke out of a slump with a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning, and San Francisco snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Colorado.
The Giants showed some late-inning energy not exhibited from this downtrodden club in recent days, rallying for five runs on seven straight hits in the eighth to keep Colorado from its first three-game sweep in San Francisco.
Nationals 7, Dodgers 0
WASHINGTON John Patterson struck out a career-high 13 in his first shutout, and Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam to lead Washington past Los Angeles for the Nationals’ first series victory in a month.
Patterson allowed four hits and no walks, facing just two batters over the minimum and never allowing a runner past second base. He struck out everyone in the Dodgers starting lineup at least once, getting Jeff Kent, Jose Valentin, Oscar Robles and Dioner Navarro twice each.
Braves 7, Reds 4
CINCINNATI Andruw Jones hit his 33rd home run to take over the National League lead, and Jeff Francoeur also homered as Atlanta overcame Sean Casey’s two home runs and four RBIs.
Francoeur and Rafael Furcal each drove in two runs to help rookie Kyle Davies improve to 4-1 in his last seven starts. The first-place Braves have won nine of 12 to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over Washington in the NL East.
Marlins 4, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS Miguel Cabrera had four hits and A.J. Burnett pitched into the eighth inning, helping Florida beat St. Louis to split a four-game series.
Jeff Conine, Cabrera and Paul Lo Duca the Marlins’ 3-4-5 hitters went 9-for-11 against Jeff Suppan with three RBIs. Suppan held the rest of the lineup to 1-for-19, the hit an RBI single by Alex Gonzalez.
Diamondbacks 7, Astros 3
PHOENIX Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer and Shawn Green and Tony Clark also connected, powering Arizona over Houston.
Craig Counsell drove in a run and Glaus also doubled for Arizona, which avoided getting swept by Houston in a series for the first time.
The loss was just the second in 11 games and third in 18 for the Astros, but it allowed Washington to move within one game in the wild-card race.
Arizona’s Brad Halsey (8-7) remained unbeaten since June, allowing two runs one earned on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Halsey is 4-0 in six starts since an 11-3 loss to San Francisco on June 28.
Jose Valverde got the final five outs for his third save.
Wandy Rodriguez (6-5) lost for the first time in four starts. He gave up six hits, including the homers by Glaus and Green, and walked three while allowing six runs in five innings.
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