WASHINGTON – Tom Glavine overcame a rocky outing for his third straight win, and the New York Mets ended Livan Hernandez’s 21/2-month winning streak Wednesday night with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The Mets tagged a laboring Hernandez for four runs and eight hits, ending the All-Star right-hander’s run of 11 consecutive winning decisions that equaled the franchise record. Hernandez (12-3) stalked the mound in frustration after some of his 125 pitches before leaving after Carlos Beltran’s single to start the eighth, with a standing ovation following him to the dugout. It was his first loss since April 19, when he allowed six runs in a 6-3 loss to Florida.

Mike Cameron homered in the first for the Mets, and three more runs followed in a sixth that would have been more productive if not for two baserunning errors. Glavine (6-7) pitched 5 2-3 innings and allowed three runs and nine hits – all singles – for his 268th victory, tying Jim Palmer for 31st on the career list.

Marlins 5, Brewers 4

MIAMI – Juan Encarnacion’s single in the 12th inning gave Florida a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on as Marlins pitchers had 22 strikeouts, 14 by starter A.J. Burnett in six innings.

Juan Pierre led off the 12th with an infield single off Wes Obermueller (1-2) and took second on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice. Following an intentional walk to Carlos Delgado and a walk to Miguel Cabrera, Encarnacion lined a single to center.

Milwaukee failed to put a runner on base over the final 9 1-3 innings. J.J. Hardy, who had a two-out, run-scoring single in the third, was the Brewers’ final baserunner.

Valerio De Los Santos (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning.

Burnett matched his career-high and the Marlins’ team record with the 14 strikeouts. The right-hander struck out every Brewer in the starting lineup at least once.

Phillies 5, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH – Vicente Padilla, in danger of being bumped from Philadelphia’s rotation with another poor start, pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ leaky defense helped three runs score in the Phillies’ 5-0 victory.

Mike Lieberthal doubled and scored on Jason Michaels’ pop-fly single that fell among three Pirates in the third inning, then drove in the first run of a four-run seventh with a sacrifice fly. First baseman Daryle Ward’s throwing error to the plate on Michaels’ grounder and reliever Rick White’s wild pitch scored two other runs, and Tomas Perez added an RBI double.

Astros 5, Padres 4

HOUSTON – Andy Pettitte won despite leaving early with elbow problems, Craig Biggio moved into 50th place on the career hits list and the surging Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 5-4.

The Astros have won seven of eight and 13 of 16 to move ahead of the Chicago Cubs for second place in the NL Central. San Diego, which leads the NL West, lost for the ninth time in 14 games.

Pettitte, who had season-ending elbow surgery last year, came out after five innings because of tightness in his left arm and is day to day. He allowed three hits, struck out four and left with a 3-1 lead.

Russ Springer, Mike Gallo, Chad Harville and Chad Qualls combined for three innings of relief. With All-Star closer Brad Lidge still working his way back from a sore right biceps, Dan Wheeler got three outs for his third save.


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