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Lowe tosses one-hitter

The Dodgers' Derek Lowe delivers a pitch en route to his one-hit shutout vs. the Cubs on Wednesday.
The Dodgers' Derek Lowe delivers a pitch en route to his one-hit shutout vs. the Cubs on Wednesday.
Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

CHICAGO — Derek Lowe pitched a one-hitter for his second shutout and complete game of the season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Lowe (9-13) gave up an infield single leading off the first to Jerry Hairston Jr., who beat a bouncer to third without a throw from Mike Edwards. Lowe faced just 29 batters, allowing his only other runners on walks to Michael Barrett in the third and Jeromy Burnitz in the seventh.

Lowe struck out seven to win for the first time in five starts since Aug. 5. It was the third career shutout and complete game for Lowe, who pitched a no-hitter for Boston against Tampa Bay on April 27, 2002. His other complete game this year was a three-hit shutout against San Diego on April 15.

Jose Cruz Jr. went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Olmedo Saenz added a two-run homer and Jayson Werth hit a two-run single for the Dodgers, who won for the fourth time in five games. Glendon Rusch (5-8) lost his sixth straight decision.

BRAVES 5-3, NATIONALS 3-4: At Atlanta, Brad Wilkerson scored on a wild throw in the ninth to help Washington spilt a doubleheader.

In the opener, Andruw Jones homered and drove in all five runs to lead the Braves.

BREWERS 6, PIRATES 5: At Milwaukee, rookie Prince Fielder hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee past Pittsburgh.

Mesa (2-8) walked pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay on four pitches before Fielder hit an 0-1 fastball into the right-field porch, 400 feet away.

Fielder's second big league home run stopped a three-game losing streak for the Brewers and made a winner of Derrick Turnbow (5-1). It also denied Mark Redman the win, which would have ended a 12-game road winless streak.

Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy also homered for the Brewers.

Ty Wigginton hit a three-run shot for Pittsburgh.

GIANTS 5, ROCKIES 3: At San Francisco, Moises Alou hit the first of San Francisco's four solo home runs, and the Giants rebounded from an injury to starter Kevin Correia.

Mike Matheny, Ray Durham and Todd Linden also homered to help the Giants win for the fourth time in five games. Jeff Fassero (4-6) won his third straight decision, allowing an unearned run and two hits in three innings. Correia left with an injured right shoulder after giving up one run, two hits and two hits in two innings.

Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his fifth straight save since coming off the disabled list two weeks ago, his ninth in 11 chances overall.

Jeff Francis (12-10) was the loser.

PADRES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5: At San Diego, Ben Johnson hit his first career homer, a three-run drive, and San Diego beat Arizona to enter September with a .500 record.

The Padres (66-66) took two of three from the Diamondbacks, who dropped into third place in baseball's worst division, 6 1/2 games back in the NL West. Dave Roberts homered, had three hits and scored three times, and Khalil Greene and Mark Loretta each had three hits. Chan Ho Park (4-1) held Arizona to two runs and three hits in six innings. He allowed Luis Gonzalez's solo shot in the sixth

Javier Vazquez (10-14) was the loser.

PHILLIES 8, METS 2: At New York, Chase Utley hit two of Philadelphia's four homers off Pedro Martinez, and Brett Myers pitched seven strong innings to help keep the Phillies on top in the NL wild-card race.

Ryan Howard and Mike Lieberthal also connected for Philadelphia, which stopped a three-game skid and sent New York to its fourth loss in 12 games.

Martinez (13-6) missed a chance to push the Mets ahead of their NL East rivals. The four home runs he gave up matched a career high, set twice in consecutive starts for Boston in June 1998.

CARDINALS 10, MARLINS 5: At Miami, Florida's Jeremy Hermida became the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat and the first to do it as a pinch-hitter, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis' Al Reyes Wednesday night.

ASTROS 10, REDS 0: At Houston, Andy Pettitte limited Cincinnati to four hits in seven innings and Brad Ausmus drove in four runs for Houston.

Pettitte (13-9) struck out four and walked one, improving to 10-2 in 14 starts since June 20. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 2.50.