Braves 8, Mets 5


ATLANTA – Jeff Francoeur homered and had a career-high five RBIs, leading Atlanta to an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets that snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday.

The Braves lost the first two games in the series, scoring only two runs, and dropped seven games behind first-place New York in the NL East – their largest deficit since being 71/2 off the lead on June 2, 2001.

Brewers 9, Cubs 0

CHICAGO – Carlos Lee hit his 10th homer to set the Brewers’ record for April, and Chris Capuano pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game.

Astros 3, Reds 2

CINCINNATI – Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer and rookie Taylor Buchholz earned his second consecutive win for the Astros.

Cardinals 9, Nationals 2


ST. LOUIS – Jeff Suppan held Washington to two runs in six innings to complete a record-setting April for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jim Edmonds and So Taguchi drove in three runs apiece for the Cardinals, who finished the month with a 17-8 record.

Phillies 5, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH – Pat Burrell drove in two runs with a home run and a double and the Phillies avoided a three-game weekend sweep.

Padres 6, Dodgers 5

SAN DIEGO – Mark Bellhorn hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Padres snapped a five-game losing streak.

Rockies 3, Marlins 1

MIAMI, Fla. – Byung-Hyun Kim struck out a career-high nine in his first start of the season to help the Rockies complete a three-game sweep.