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NL roundup: Derek Lowe leads Braves past Philadelphia

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the 7th inning.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the 7th inning.

Barbara Johnston, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves won their sixth straight game, beating Philadelphia 5-0 on Friday night despite Cliff Lee's 16 strikeouts for the Phillies.

Shane Victorino singled to start the seventh for the first hit off Lowe, and Placido Polanco followed with a double. The right-hander then came out of the game with an apparent leg or foot injury.

Lowe (3-3) appeared to hurt himself in the top of the seventh after singling and going to second on Chipper Jones' single.

Brian McCann had a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Alex Gonzalez had three hits and an RBI for the Braves.

Lee (2-3) set the major league high for strikeouts this season, coming within one of the franchise record. The big league mark for a nine-inning game is 20.

REDS 5, CUBS 4: At Chicago, JayBruce hit a three-run homer and BrandonPhillips made some key defensive plays at second base. EdinsonVolquez (3-1) labored through numerous jams in five-plus innings. He allowed six hits and four runs, walked four and threw a pair of wild pitches. MattGarza (1-4), the Cubs' biggest offseason acquisition, still has one win in his first seven starts and none in four outings at Wrigley Field. He gave up six hits and five runs in six innings on a day of missed offensive opportunities for the Cubs, who left eight on base. FranciscoCordero pitched the ninth for his fifth straight save.

ASTROS 3, PIRATES 2: At Pittsburgh, WandyRodriguez (2-3) allowed two runs over seven innings to win his fourth consecutive start against Pittsburgh and Houston scored twice in the eighth to snap a two-game losing streak. Houston managed only five hits over seven innings against PaulMaholm, but the first three batters of the eighth reached against a Pittsburgh bullpen that entered with the second-best ERA (2.63) in the National League. HunterPence doubled in the tying run and CarlosLee had the go-ahead RBI in the eighth against ChrisResop (1-1). NeilWalker hit his fourth homer and BrandonWood had two hits for the Pirates, who had won three of four. MarkMelancon worked a perfect ninth for his first major league save.

METS 6, DODGERS 3: At New York, AndreEthier extended his hitting streak to 30 games, but JasonPridie's three-run homer in the sixth inning carried New York Mets past Los Angeles in the opener of a weekend series between baseball's most financially troubled teams. Pridie, a 27-year-old with just four big league at-bats before this year, hit his first career home run April 24 against Arizona — also a three-run drive. With the Mets trailing 3-2 on Friday, he homered off a bullpen roof in right-center against HirokiKuroda (3-3) following an intentional walk to IkeDavis.JoseReyes tripled twice in a game for the second time this season and then doubled in the ninth. Davis homered for the Mets, who won for the third time in eight games following a six-game winning streak. RyotaIgarashi (2-0) got one out to win in relief of JonathonNiese, and TaylorBuchholz,JasonIsringhausen and FranciscoRodriguez each followed with an inning of shutout relief. A day after throwing 42 pitches, Rodriguez got his eighth save in nine chances.

CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 0: At St. Louis, JaimeGarcia carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a two-hitter, dominating punchless Milwaukee. Garcia (4-0) issued a four-pitch walk to CaseyMcGehee with one out in the eighth. On the next pitch, YunieskyBetancourt grounded a solid single to left to end the no-hit bid. Garcia threw a four-hit shutout to beat the Padres in his first start, but hadn't gone longer than six innings in any of his next five outings. This was his third career shutout. AlbertPujols had a single, sacrifice fly and three RBIs for the Cardinals, who pounded a red-hot opposing pitcher for the second straight game. RandyWolf (3-3) entered with an 0.65 ERA his previous four games but gave up six runs in five innings while hitting three batters.

NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 2 (10 INNINGS): At Miami, AdamLaRoche hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th and the Nationals escaped a jam in the bottom of the inning to break a three-game losing streak. Florida had runners at the corners with none out in the 10th, but Drew Storen (2-1) got two outs, and Sean Burnett got a flyout for his fourth save in six chances. JaysonWerth walked for the third time in the 10th against MikeDunn (2-2), then advanced to third when LaynceNix hit a high-hopper over first base for a double. LaRoche followed with his RBI fly to deep left.

GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 3: AT SAN FRANCISCO:Freddy Sanchez played the role of hero as he got the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Cody Ross. Matt Cain started and gave up the three runs to Colorado. Closer Brian Wilson got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth.