PHILADELPHIA Carlos Baerga’s go-ahead single in the eighth inning lifted Washington to a 5-4 victory and a split of a day-night doubleheader with Philadelphia on Thursday.
In the opener, Vicente Padilla kept up his recent run of outstanding starts and Bobby Abreu delivered a key two-RBI double in Philadelphia’s 2-1 win.
The Nationals had been shut down twice in the late innings by Philadelphia’s bullpen the last two games only to rally against Ugueth Urbina (3-1) in the eighth.
Urbina pitched a scoreless eighth the last two games against the Nationals including one stint only hours earlier but blew a 4-3 lead.
Jose Guillen opened the eighth with a double and scored on Preston Wilson’s game-tying single to left. Baerga followed with the single to help the Nationals gain a split of the four-game series.
Luis Ayala (8-6) earned the win for Washington with two scoreless innings of relief. Chad Cordero pitched the final 1 2-3 innings for his 39th save.
Reds 4, Giants 2
CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 530th career home run and Felipe Lopez also connected Thursday as Cincinnati avoided a sweep with a 4-2 win over San Francisco.
Ramon Ortiz pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings in helping prevent the Giants’ first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since May 1983.
Giants closer Armando Benitez made his first appearance since injuring his right hamstring on April 26. Benitez, who needed surgery to repair two torn tendons, got the final two outs of the eighth.
Griffey followed Rich Aurilia’s first-inning walk with his 29th homer of the season, a two-run shot to center. Lopez hit his first homer in 86 at-bats since July 22, a two-run drive that put the Reds ahead 4-1 in the fourth.
Marlins 2, Padres 0
MIAMI Josh Beckett pitched seven innings and had an RBI single as Florida shut out San Diego for the second straight game.
Beckett (12-6) allowed four hits, two walks and struck out six in winning his fourth straight decision.
Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 26th save. The shutout tied Florida’s team record of 14 set last year.
Jake Peavy (10-6) allowed two runs, five hits, three walks and struck out nine in losing consecutive starts for the only second time this season.
Mike Lowell led off the second with his third career triple. Following strikeouts by Alex Gonzalez and Matt Treanor, Lowell scored on Beckett’s bloop single to center. Treanor’s run-scoring single in the fourth gave Florida a 2-0 lead.
The Padres were shut out on five hits by Dontrelle Willis on Wednesday night.
Pirates 5, Mets 0
NEW YORK Pittsburgh rookie Zach Duke won his sixth straight decision, limiting New York to two hits in seven innings. Duke (6-0), a 22-year-old left-hander, allowed four baserunners, struck out five and walked one.
The Pirates took a 4-0 lead on two RBI doubles by Jose Castillo and a two-run homer by Brad Eldred against Victor Zambrano (6-10).
Duke had his first major league hit, a seventh-inning single.
Dodgers 7, Braves 4
ATLANTA Jeff Weaver won his fourth straight decision and Milton Bradley hit a three-run homer for Los Angeles, which has won five of seven.
Weaver (11-8) gave up 10 hits and four runs three earned in six innings. He gave up three hits, including a run-scoring single by Brian McCann, in the second. He then shut out the Braves until Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 39th homer, a two-run shot to left, in the sixth. Adam LaRoche followed with his 15th homer, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 7-4.
Duaner Sanchez pitched the ninth for his second save both in this series.
John Thomson (3-3) gave up eight hits and seven runs in 3 2-3 innings.
Brewers 5, Astros 2
HOUSTON Damian Miller’s two-run double with the bases loaded keyed Milwaukee’s four-run seventh inning against Roger Clemens. The Brewers won their third straight and fourth in five games.
Clemens (11-5) gave up a season-high five earned runs and lost for the first time since July 17. He was 4-0 in five starts since then.
Rickie Weeks’ homer in the sixth, ended Clemens’ season-high scoreless innings streak at 26.
Tomo Ohka (8-7) went six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits for the win. Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
Diamondbacks 9, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS Claudio Vargas worked six solid innings and Luis Gonzalez homered twice to help Arizona avoid a three-game sweep.
Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis (9-12) had an infield hit and an RBI double his first two at-bats, giving him six straight hits. He leads all pitchers with 25 hits, four more than the rest of the St. Louis rotation, and a .373 average.
Troy Glaus had three hits and an RBI and Royce Clayton had a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, who ended a four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 35-15.
CLEVELAND Jake Westbrook won for the fifth time in six starts and Cleveland moved closer in the AL wild-card race, beating Texas 9-4 on Thursday.
Jhonny Peralta had three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Indians pulled within 2 1/2 games of idle Oakland. Coco Crisp and Travis Hafner each drove in two runs.
Cleveland won for the second time in six games at Jacobs Field after completing a 6-0 trip to Detroit and Kansas City. Texas lost for the eighth time in nine games all on the road.
Westbrook (11-13) allowed four runs and 10 hits over six innings. He finished his outing by getting Mark DeRosa to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, preserving a 5-4 lead.
Twins 7, Mariners 3
MINNEAPOLIS Matthew LeCroy hit his third homer in two games, leading Minnesota to its fifth straight victory.
Justin Morneau had two RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the third, and Shannon Stewart had his second four-hit game of the season in Minnesota’s seventh win in eight games.
LeCroy gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead in the first when he hit a pitch from Ryan Franklin well over the center-field fence for a two-run homer.
Joe Mays (6-8) struggled early before settling down to get his first win since July 3. He allowed three earned runs and nine hits in six innings.
Angels 13, Red Sox 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. Juan Rivera hit two three-run homers and Los Angeles’ Bartolo Colon won his fifth straight decision in the series opener between AL division leaders.
Rivera homered on the second pitch from Mike Myers after Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield left the game in the fifth inning after he was hit in the right ankle on a comebacker by Casey Kotchman.
The Angels, who stopped a two-game losing streak, extended their AL West lead to 2 1/2 games over Oakland. Boston’s lead over New York dropped to four games in the East.
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