Atlanta Drubs Nationals, Sweeps Series
Washington — Justin Upton And Andrelton Simmons homered and the Atlanta Braves won their ninth in row as Paul Maholm beat the Washington Nationals 9-0 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep.
Upton hit his seventh home run of the season. Chris Johnson had four hits and two RBIs for the Braves, who took a 7-0 lead in the third inning against Gio Gonzalez (1-1).
In sweeping their NL East rivals and compiling the best record in the major leagues, Atlanta (11-1) has outscored the opposition 62-23.
Washington has lost seven straight to Atlanta since last year.
Phillies 2, Marlins 1
Miami — Roy Halladay earned his 200th career victory, bouncing back from consecutive poor outings to pitch eight innings and help Philadelphia beat Miami.
Laynce Nix broke a 1-all tie with his second pinch-hit homer of the season in the ninth.
Halladay (1-2) allowed five hits, walked one and lowered his ERA from 14.73 to 7.63. He’s the 109th pitcher to reach the 200-win milestone, and the first to do so in a Phillies uniform since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1978.
Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0
Phoenix — Paul Goldschmidt hit a game-winning single off Josh Beckett with one out in the ninth inning, lifting Arizona over Los Angeles.
Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill pitched six-hit ball for 7 1-3 innings. J.J. Putz (1-0) walked one in the ninth.
Rockies 2, Padres 1
San Diego — Todd Helton had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Jorge De La Rosa and three relievers combined on a two-hitter to carry Colorado over San Diego.
Colorado also swept San Diego at Coors Field last weekend.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3 (10)
St. Louis — Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo home run in the 10th inning as Milwaukee rallied past St. Louis and avoided a sweep.
The Brewers had gone a team-record 32 innings without scoring before Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer off reliever Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth. Braun’s second home run of the season snapped a 39-inning shutout streak for St. Louis pitchers.
Giants 10, Cubs 7 (10)
Chicago — Edwin Jackson and Michael Bowden tied a major league record by combining to throw five wild pitches in an inning, and San Francisco beat Chicago in the 10th.
The Cubs matched the record for wild pitches by a team in an inning during a four-run sixth.
Pirates 10, Reds 7
Pittsburgh — Backup catcher Michael McKenry had the first two-homer game of his four-year major league career, Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run drive in a six-run eighth inning and Pittsburgh sent Cincinnati to its fifth straight loss.
The Pirates swept the Reds for the first time since April 2010 in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh trailed 5-0 when McKenry homered off Mat Latos leading off the seventh. McKenry hit a tying homer in the eighth.
Jared Hughes (1-0) got the win and Jonathan Broxton (0-1) took the loss.