Burnett blanks Arizona

Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2005

MIAMI — A.J. Burnett threw a three-hitter to win his career-high fifth straight start, and even added an RBI single to help the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Reds 8, Cubs 3

CHICAGO — Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, then singled home another run in a four-run ninth as Cincinnati handed Chicago its seventh straight loss.

Braves 7, Giants 1

ATLANTA — Adam LaRoche and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to back a strong outing by Horacio Ramirez, leading Atlanta past San Francisco.

Nationals 6, Astros 5

HOUSTON — Brandon Watson homered and doubled in his major league debut, and slumping Washington started a pivotal road trip by beating Houston.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE — Anthony Reyes threw 6 1-3 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut and Mark Grudzielanek had two RBIs for St. Louis.

Pirates 12, Rockies 4

DENVER — Jason Bay homered and drove in four runs, and Dave Williams pitched six strong innings for the Pirates.

Padres 8, Mets 3

SAN DIEGO — Brian Giles and Khalil Greene homered for the Padres, who handed Pedro Martinez his worst start of the year.

Phillies 8, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES — Pat Burrell ended a homerless drought of 64 at-bats with a go-ahead three-run shot in the eighth inning and Ryan Howard homered right behind him, helping Philadelphia beat Los Angeles.

Rookie Steve Schmoll (2-1) squandered a 2-1 lead as the defending NL West champs fell seven games behind division-leading San Diego. Dodgers RBI leader and cleanup hitter Jeff Kent struck out his first four times up — the first three times with two men on base.

Schmoll walked Kenny Lofton with one out in the eighth, Chase Utley singled and Burrell drove an 0-1 pitch into the lower seats in the left-field corner with two outs for his 22nd homer.

Howard then golfed a 3-0 pitch into the pavilion seats in right-center for his seventh of the season, and Mike Lieberthal greeted Duaner Sanchez with an RBI double after Schmoll walked David Bell.

Ryan Madson (5-4) pitched a perfect seventh for the win. Ugueth Urbina allowed Ricky Ledee's two-run homer, the ninth of his career as a pinch-hitter, in the eighth and Billy Wagner got the final three outs.

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