Reds’ Arroyo smokes Nationals, 5-0

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WASHINGTON – Bronson Arroyo threw eight innings of one-hit ball, and the Cincinnati Reds jumped out to an early lead just as they have all series in a 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday that completed a three-game sweep.

Arroyo (4-0) allowed only Ryan Zimmerman’s single to right-center with two outs in the fourth. The next batter, Ryan Church, hit a hard shot that first baseman Scott Hatteberg smothered.

The right-hander left after 119 pitches, and Kent Mercker and David Weathers combined for a hitless ninth. The Nationals wound up with more errors (two) than hits.

Arroyo struck out eight, walked two and faced just four batters over the minimum in his latest impressive outing since joining the Reds in a spring training trade from the Red Sox.

Brewers 5, Braves 4

MILWAUKEE – Ben Sheets won for the first time since tearing a back muscle last August, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Atlanta 5-4 Wednesday for their first sweep of the Braves.

Sheets (1-2) was sharp, striking out nine in six innings. He gave up two runs and six hits, and reached 96 mph on the radar gun as late as his final inning.

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Cardinals 4, Pirates 3

ST. LOUIS – Albert Pujols hit a game-winning double in the ninth inning after Jason Isringhausen allowed a tying home run to Jose Hernandez in the top half, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday and a three-game sweep.

St. Louis led 3-2 with two outs in the ninth when Hernandez hit his first homer of the season. Isringhausen (1-2) has allowed three homers in eight innings this season.

Mets 9, Giants 7

SAN FRANCISCO – Chris Woodward lined a go-ahead double in the 11th inning and scored on Jose Reyes’ single, lifting the New York Mets to a 9-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

Barry Bonds hit a tying pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the 711th of his career to force extra innings. The slugger sent a 2-1 pitch from Billy Wagner into the seats in left-center for his third homer.

D-backs 3, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO – Orlando Hernandez threw six strong innings and rookie Conor Jackson homered for the go-ahead run, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win over the punchless San Diego Padres on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

Marlins 7, Cubs 5

CHICAGO – Pinch-hitter Wes Helms had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning and former Cub Ricky Nolasco got his first major league win to help the Florida Marlins beat Chicago 7-5 Wednesday.

With the score 3-3, Scott Williamson (2-1) walked Josh Willingham leading off the eighth, balked pinch-runner Eric Reed to second and threw a wild pitch that moved the runner to third.

Phillies 9, Rockies 5

PHILADELPHIA – David Bell hit a three-run homer and Pat Burrell drove in two runs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-5 on Wednesday night.

Mike Lieberthal and Chase Utley each had three hits for the Phillies.

who improved to 5-9 at home.

Cory Sullivan had four hits, including a solo homer for Colorado, which lost for only the third time in nine road games.

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