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Gonzalez homers twice as D-backs get Braves again

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D-Backs 8, Braves 4

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't need Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson this time. Luis Gonzalez took care of the Atlanta Braves all by himself.

Gonzalez homered twice and added an RBI double against Braves starter Andy Ashby to carry the Diamondbacks to their second straight victory over the defending NL champions, 8-4 Thursday night.

"This is a big mental lift for us," Gonzalez said. "We really haven't gotten on a good winning streak like we did last year. I think last year at this time was the time we made the run. Hopefully, we can do it again this year."

Just one night after Schilling beat the Braves and Greg Maddux in his home debut for the Diamondbacks, Gonzalez had a three-run homer in the first, an RBI double in the third and a solo homer in the fifth.

PADRES 6, CUBS 5: Mike Darr hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, lifting San Diego over visiting Chicago, the Padres' season-high fifth straight victory. Eric Owens hit a three-run homer for the Padres.

Kevin Walker (4-0) went two innings for the win, and Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 33 chances. Tim Worrell (1-3) took the loss. Chicago's Phil Norton made his major league debut and gave up four runs — three earned— and five hits in five innings.

MARLINS 4, ASTROS 3: At Miami, Dave Berg drove in the winning run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly as Florida came from behind to beat Houston.

With the score 3-3 and one out in the eighth, Derrek Lee singled and took third on Andy Fox's third single of the game. Berg followed with a fly to deep center against Joe Slusarski (1-6).

Braden Looper (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings. Antonio Alfonseca followed with a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances, most in the major leagues.

GIANTS 10, PIRATES 2: Jeff Kent drove in six runs, leading San Francisco to a home victory over Pittsburgh. Kent hit a two-run homer in the first and added two-run doubles in the third and fourth, all against Pittsburgh starter Francisco Cordova.

Kent, with 96 RBIs, passed Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa for the NL lead. He was one shy of his career-best RBI game.