CHICAGO Ryan Freel homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds sent the Chicago Cubs to their eighth straight loss with an 8-2 romp Wednesday.
Eric Milton (6-12) pitched seven strong innings and Freel's single keyed a seven-run fourth as the Reds completed a three-game sweep.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0
MILWAUKEE Jeff Suppan outdueled Ben Sheets and St. Louis swept another three-game series at Miller Park.
Suppan (11-8) allowed four hits and four walks over seven innings as the Cardinals improved to 10-3 against Milwaukee this year.
Braves 5, Giants 4
ATLANTA Andruw Jones added to his major league lead with two more homers, and Marcus Giles' RBI single gave the Braves the victory after they squandered a three-run lead in the ninth.
Giles waited until the last possible moment to extend his hitting streak to 14 games with two outs and two runners on, he lined a single to left off Brian Cooper (0-1). Wilson Betemit, who led off the inning with a walk, easily beat the throw home.
Marlins 10, Diamondbacks 5
MIAMI Mike Lowell and the Marlins pulled the hidden-ball trick to stem a Diamondbacks rally, and Florida scored four runs in the eighth to rout Arizona.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 26th homer and Juan Pierre scored three runs for Florida, which won its second in a row after being swept in a doubleheader in Colorado on Monday.
Astros 7, Nationals 6
HOUSTON Morgan Ensberg and Orlando Palmeiro doubled with the bases loaded, and Houston held off Washington despite a shaky ninth by Brad Lidge.
Craig Biggio also had a run-scoring double and four hits for the Astros, who resumed their home dominance after dropping the series opener Tuesday. The Astros are 37-16 at Minute Maid Park.
Rockies 6, Pirates 5
DENVER Matt Holliday hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and had a three-run homer, and Todd Helton had a pair of doubles in his first game off the disabled list to lift Colorado.
After Helton hit a one-out double off Rick White (3-4) in the 10th, Holliday won it with a shot up the middle that Tike Redman mishandled in center.
Mets 9, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO Kris Benson took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning and Mets third baseman David Wright tied career highs with four hits and six RBIs.
A night after Pedro Martinez had his worst start of the year in an 8-3 loss to San Diego, Benson (8-4) dominated the NL West leaders, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits in 8 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking one. He retired the side in order six times.
Phillies 9, Dodgers 5
LOS ANGELES Rookie slugger Ryan Howard hit his first grand slam to break a tie in the ninth inning.
Howard drove Yhency Brazoban's first pitch deep into the seats in right-center, the ball sailing an estimated 453 feet.
The homer was Howard's eighth of the year. He also hit a two-run shot off Brazoban (2-7) in the 10th inning at Philadelphia on July 19 to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.
The Phillies learned shortly before the game that slugging first baseman Jim Thome is expected to undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the season.
Ugueth Urbina (2-0) pitched a hitless eighth inning for the win.
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