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NL Roundup: Reds hot Gomes hits HR hat trick

Cincinnati's Jonny Gomes waves to the crowd during his curtain call on Thursday.
Cincinnati's Jonny Gomes waves to the crowd during his curtain call on Thursday.
David Kohl, Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Jonny Gomes homered in his first three at-bats to back Bronson Arroyo's two-hitter and Cincinnati beat Washington 7-0 on Thursday night.

Gomes hit two-run homers in the second and fourth innings and added a solo shot in the sixth to help the Reds take a 7-0 lead. He struck out in the eighth inning.

It is the second time in Gomes' career he hit three homers, the first on July 30, 2005, against Kansas City. He is the sixth player to hit three homers in a game this season. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen was the last on Aug. 1.

Gomes, who has 14 homers, became the 24th player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game.

Arroyo (11-11) had been 0-3 in his previous four starts and hadn't won since beating Milwaukee 4-0 on July 17. He allowed just one runner as far as second base. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out three.

PHILLIES 6, CUBS 1: At Chicago, CliffLee won his third straight start since joining Philadelphia, and the NLEast leaders beat Chicago for its first sweep at Wrigley Field in 25 years. ShaneVictorino had two hits and scored twice. Lee (3-0) allowed one run and six hits over eight innings.

BREWERS 12, PADRES 9: At Milwaukee, PrinceFielder and backup catcher MikeRivera each hit two home runs, and the struggling Brewers built a big lead before hanging on to beat the Padres.

Fielder hit a 465-foot shot off the Miller Park scoreboard and RyanBraun also homered as the Brewers connected a season-high five times. MannyParra won his fifth straight decision despite allowing 13 hits in 52/3 innings.

ROCKIES 10, PIRATES 1: At Denver, JasonMarquis allowed three hits over seven innings, TroyTulowitzki and ClintBarmes homered and the Rockies finished off a winning series. DexterFowler had four hits — three of them doubles — and scored three runs, and Barmes finished with three hits and three RBIs for Colorado.

Marquis (13-8) became the third pitcher in the National League to reach 13 wins. Pittsburgh starter PatMaholm (6-7) allowed seven runs on 11 hits.

MARLINS 9, ASTROS 2: At Miami, JorgeCantu and RonnyPaulino homered for Florida, which has won six of its last seven.

SeanWest (4-4) allowed one run and five hits in six innings for the Marlins, who remained 41/2 games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.

HanleyRamirez, the NL batting leader, had two singles and two RBIs for Florida, which has at least 10 hits in a club-record 10 straight games.

MikeHampton (7-10) gave up three runs and six hits. He left after five innings with a left shoulder strain.

Ramirez hit a two-run single for his second hit of the game, and WesHelms had an RBI double to highlight a six-run sixth that gave the Marlins a 9-1 lead.