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NL roundup: Dodgers power past Cincinnati

The Dodgers' Manny Ramirez checks his swing Saturday. He also hit a home run.
The Dodgers' Manny Ramirez checks his swing Saturday. He also hit a home run.
Al Behrman, Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Manny Ramirez hit the first of Los Angeles' four homers, and the Dodgers blew a four-run lead Saturday before powering their way to an 11-4 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds' longest winning streak of the season at five games.

Ramirez connected on a two-run shot in the first inning off left-hander Matt Maloney (0-3), his first homer since Aug. 11. Rafael Furcal hit a tiebreaking solo shot in the fifth, and Matt Kemp and Orlando Hudson homered as the Dodgers pulled away.

BRAVES 9, PHILLIES 1 (8): At Philadelphia, Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer and three other Braves went deep in a rain-shortened game, helping Atlanta hand Cliff Lee his first loss with Philadelphia.

The game was called with the Phillies due up in the eighth inning after a 43-minute delay caused by torrential rain. The game started 24 minutes late due to a rain delay.

Lee (5-1) was making his sixth start with the NL East leaders since being traded from Cleveland on July 29. He went 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA in his first five.

GIANTS 5, ROCKIES 3: At San Francisco, Barry Zito carried a shutout into the ninth inning, Pablo Sandoval homered and San Francisco moved within a game of Colorado for the NL wild-card lead by winning for the fourth time in five games.

Brad Hawpe homered and pinch-hitter Seth Smith drove in two runs for the Rockies, who lost their fourth straight — tying their longest slide this season.

Zito (9-11) allowed one run and eight hits over 8 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

CUBS 11, METS 4: At Chicago, Jake Fox hit his first career grand slam and Milton Bradley extended his hitting tear to help Chicago beat New York.

Fox finished with a career-high five RBIs. His bases-loaded homer finished Mets starter Bobby Parnell (3-7) during a six-run fifth inning, and he added an RBI double off Lance Broadway in the seventh.

DIAMONDBACKS 9, ASTROS 0: At Phoenix, Mark Reynolds hit his 40th homer and Jon Garland threw seven sharp innings as Arizona routed Houston.

With his two-run shot in the third inning, Reynolds became the second Diamondbacks player in the franchise's 12-year history to homer 40 times in a season. CARDINALS 9, NATIONALS 4: At St. Louis, Matt Holliday and Colby Rasmus each hit a three-run homer to power the surging St. Louis Cardinals past Washington.

Holliday is hitting .376 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs since joining the Cardinals on July 24. The NL Central leaders are 24-9 during that stretch, including a 17-4 mark over their last 21 games.

BREWERS 7, PIRATES 3: At Milwaukee, pinch-hitter Jody Gerut doubled to drive in the go-ahead run and Milwaukee took advantage of Kevin Hart's wildness for its 20th straight win over Pittsburgh at Miller Park.

Andy LaRoche homered for the Pirates, but they couldn't end the longest winning streak by one team over another at home since the Indians beat the Orioles franchise 27 consecutive times at Cleveland Municipal Stadium from 1952-54.

PADRES 7, MARLINS 4: At Miami, Tony Gwynn Jr.'s two-run triple broke an eighth-inning tie, Oscar Salazar had three hits and San Diego beat reeling Florida.

Will Venable hit his ninth home run and scored twice for the Padres, who improved to 9-59 when trailing after six innings.

Ronny Paulino hit his eighth homer and drove in three runs for Florida, which has dropped seven of 10. Wes Helms had two hits for the Marlins.