MILWAUKEE – Andy Pettitte pitched six shutout innings and the Houston Astros won a road series for the first time this year with a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Pettitte (3-5) missed his last start due to tightness in his left elbow, but snapped a personal three-game losing streak to win for the first time since May 2. He gave up consecutive hits to begin the game, but did not allow another hit until the sixth inning.

Dan Wheeler pitched the seventh and the eighth. Brad Lidge allowed hits to his first two batters in the ninth, but got Damian Miller to hit into a double play to end the game, completing the six-hitter and earning his 10th save in 12 chances.

Houston had only five hits but improved to 5-22 on the road by winning two of three from the Brewers. The Astros lost their first eight road series of the year.

Braves 7, Phillies 2

ATLANTA – Tim Hudson and the rookie outfield tandem of Ryan Langerhans and Kelly Johnson helped the Atlanta Braves avert a sweep.

Langerhans hit a two-run triple in the Braves’ three-run fifth inning and Johnson made two strong defensive plays in his major league debut as the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 Sunday in the final game of the three-game series.

Hudson (6-3) needed 99 pitches to last seven innings. He gave up six hits and walked five batters while allowing two runs.

Nationals 3, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS – Livan Hernandez wrapped up the first five-victory month of his career to become the NL’s second eight-game winner and Brad Wilkerson had three doubles, helping the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2.

Jamey Carroll’s RBI single capped a three-run fifth for the Nationals (25-25), who avoided getting swept for the second straight series and ended a five-game losing streak.

Marlins 6, Mets 3

MIAMI – Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer and Josh Beckett allowed four hits over seven innings as the Florida Marlins beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday.

The Marlins scored five runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Delgado’s ninth homer, to salvage the final game of the four-game series and snap a four-game losing streak.

Cubs 11, Rockies 6

CHICAGO – Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs, and Derrek Lee went 3-for-4 to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Jeromy Burnitz added a three-run homer in a five-run, sixth-inning rally that put the Cubs ahead for good. He also drove in a run with a groundout.

Reds 11, Pirates 2

CINCINNATI – Ken Griffey Jr. and Jason LaRue homered during Cincinnati’s six-run second inning Sunday and the Reds earned a split of the four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 11-2 win.

Griffey drove in a season-high five runs, and LaRue went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored as the Reds matched their largest winning margin of the season.

Dodgers 6, D-backs 3

PHOENIX – Jeff Weaver earned his first win in four starts and the Los Angeles Dodgers won a series for the first time in three weeks with a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The Dodgers scored five times in the first three innings in the finale of a three-game set. Los Angeles had lost five straight series since winning two of three at Cincinnati from May 6-8.

Padres 9, Giants 6

SAN FRANCISCO – Damian Jackson hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres completed their first three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants in SBC Park with a 9-6 victory Sunday.

Chris Hammond (5-0) pitched two innings for the win after the Padres couldn’t hold a three-run lead for starter Adam Eaton.

, who was denied his career-best sixth straight win.

Trevor Hoffman worked the ninth for his 13th straight save, 16th of the year and career-high 12th in May.

Moises Alou hit a tying RBI double in the Giants’ three-run seventh, but Tyler Walker (2-1) blew it for the second straight day.

Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer and finished with three of San Diego’s 16 hits and three runs scored. Brian Giles added an RBI double among his four hits and stole two bases to help the Padres to their first sweep at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark and first against their NL West rival in San Francisco since Sept. 25-27, 1995.

San Diego went 6-3 on its longest road trip of the season and had 40 hits in the series with the Giants. The Padres left the Bay Area in first place and headed for a 13-game homestand, with just about everyone in the lineup contributing.

LaTroy Hawkins made his Giants debut in the eighth, one day after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. He retired the side in order with a strikeout of Ryan Klesko, then received a warm ovation as he walked to the dugout.

Greene connected for his third homer of the year in the fifth, sending a 1-2 pitch from Jason Schmidt into the left-field seats. Giles had a big day after coming in just 2-for-17 against Schmidt. Dave Roberts had an RBI double and Geoff Blum doubled, singled and scored twice.

And the Padres’ defense has been just as good. They set a franchise record with their 10th straight game without an error, covering 93 innings. They haven’t made one since Greene booted a grounder by Atlanta’s Rafael Furcal in the third inning May 17.

Schmidt got through the second 1-2-3, but that was the only easy inning in his second outing back from the disabled list. He beat the Dodgers last Tuesday with five effective innings, but gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings Sunday.

The Giants started the fourth with three straight hits, then loaded the bases when Eaton intentionally walked Michael Tucker to bring up Mike Matheny. The catcher took a pitch in the left elbow, bringing in the tying run. Matheny has 80 career RBIs with the bases loaded.

The Padres scored an unearned run in the first when Giants second baseman Ray Durham tried to backhand a sharp grounder by Ramon Hernandez and the ball skipped off his glove and allowed Blum to score.

Durham committed a two-base error in the fourth when he dropped a high popup by Greene in shallow right field. Roberts doubled Greene home three batters later for another unearned run.

Phil Nevin, who hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Walker in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 5-3 win, got the day off and Mark Sweeney played in his place. Sweeney came in 7-for-20 (.350) with two home runs against Schmidt, including one last month.

Notes: San Francisco’s Jason Ellison hit his first career leadoff home run. Ellison also singled in a run in the seventh for his first multi-RBI game of the year. … The Padres went 92 error-free innings over nine games in 1979. … Before the game, the Giants designated popular reliever Matt Herges for assignment to make room for Hawkins. … Darren Baker, the 6-year-old son of Cubs manager Dusty Baker, made a clubhouse appearance before the game – wearing a No. 18 Moises Alou Cubs T-shirt from last season. … Greene had his first stolen base of the year.

AP-ES-05-29-05 1946EDT


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