CHICAGO – Ted Lilly struck out 10 in eight strong innings and hit a two-run double, powering the Chicago Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

Ryan Theriot homered for the second consecutive day and Derrek Lee added a solo shot for the Cubs, who won their second straight after losing seven of nine.

Lilly (3-2) allowed a run and five hits with no walks, giving the bullpen a much-needed rest after Cubs relievers pitched 11 1-3 innings over the previous three games. Aaron Heilman struck out the side in the ninth.

Anibal Sanchez (1-3) gave up six runs and nine hits over four innings for Florida.

Nationals 6, Cardinals 1

WASHINGTON – Shairon Martis pitched a five-hitter and Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer for the Nationals.

Dunn connected in the fifth after first baseman Chris Duncan dropped Ryan Zimmerman’s foul pop that would have been the last out of the inning.

Martis (3-0) retired the first 14 hitters he faced before Yadier Molina grounded a single through the middle in the fifth. The right-hander, who had never gone more than 6 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked none while throwing 110 pitches.

Colby Rasmus hit his first career homer for St. Louis. Joel Pineiro (4-1) allowed four runs – one earned – and seven hits in seven innings.

Phillies 6, Mets 5

PHILADELPHIA – Shane Victorino’s bases-loaded walk off Sean Green with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Phillies to a victory over the Mets.

Green (0-2) retired the first batter he faced before Pedro Feliz reached on an infield single. Green hit pinch-hitter Matt Stairs with a pitch, but retired pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs on a fly ball.

After pinch-hitter Chris Coste walked to load the bases, Victorino walked on a 3-2 pitch to give the Phillies a split in the first two games of the series against their rival.

Rockies 5, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO – Ryan Spilborghs homered twice and drove in three runs, Jason Marquis pitched a five-hitter and the Rockies beat the Giants.

Brad Hawpe also homered for the Rockies, who have won four of six. Garrett Atkins also drove in a run.

Pablo Sandoval hit a leadoff homer in the ninth for the Giants. Marquis (4-1) struck out five and walked one in his first complete game since a 1-0 victory on May 9, 2007, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Astros 5, Braves 1

ATLANTA – Lance Berkman hit a first-inning homer, Hunter Pence had three hits and the Astros responded to their manager’s call for more offense with a victory over the Braves.

Before the game, manager Cecil Cooper said, “Our big horses have got to hit. If they don’t hit, the wagon don’t move!”

The Astros had 12 hits, including Berkman’s sixth homer, a liner off Jair Jurrjens that barely cleared the left-field wall. Houston still led 1-0 in the second inning when a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes took both starting pitchers out of the game.

D-backs 4, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE – Dan Haren struck out 11 to win his third straight start and Justin Upton hit a homer to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Saturday night.

With Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb sidelined with a nagging shoulder strain, Haren (3-3) has picked up the slack and Arizona is beginning to hit, winning five of the last seven.

With Haren, the Diamondbacks know they don’t need to score much. He scattered one run off four hits over eight innings and has given up three runs over his last three starts to lower his ERA to 1.47.

Pirates 8, Reds 6

PITTSBURGH – Nate McLouth’s run-scoring single allowed Pittsburgh to stop a 22-inning scoreless streak in a span of only three batters and the Pirates held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 on Saturday night as Ross Ohlendorf won his third in a row.

McLouth had three hits and scored three times and Ramon Vazquez’s two-run single keyed the four-run first inning that got the Pittsburgh offense going following consecutive shutout losses.

The Pirates had lost four in a row and five of seven.

The Reds, down 8-4 starting the ninth, scored twice and had the bases loaded with two out before Pirates closer Matt Capps struck out Alex Gonzalez, who hit a three-run homer earlier in the game.

Reds pitchers were working on their own streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings, but starter Micah Owings (1-3) gave up a run before he could get an out. Nyjer Morgan, Freddy Sanchez and McLouth singled for a run, Adam LaRoche was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Vazquez’s line-drive single into right field made it 4-0.

The Pirates had four hits in the first inning and 13 overall, or nearly twice as many as the seven they had during a scoreless streak that began in the sixth inning of their 6-5 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. They were shut out by the Brewers 1-0 on two hits Wednesday and managed only five singles in losing to the Reds 4-0 on Friday.

The Pirates added a run in the third on Brandon Moss’ run-scoring single – only his second RBI in 63 at-bats.

Ohlendorf (3-2) gave up Gonzalez’s second homer of the season in the fourth to cut it to 5-3, but those were the only runs he permitted over six innings. The former Yankees reliever has given up six runs in 20 innings over his last three starts, lasting seven innings twice and six once, since losing his first two decisions.

McLouth’s return Friday following a six-game layoff with a rib cage injury helped pick up the Pirates, who were missing one-third of their lineup due to injuries earlier in the week. Catcher Ryan Doumit is out for two months with a broken bone in his right wrist and shortstop Jack Wilson is expected to be out at least another week with a sprained finger.

Each of McLouth’s three hits created runs. He singled leading off the third and singled during a two-run seventh that was kept going by second baseman Brandon Phillips’ error for misplaying the throw on an apparent double-play grounder.

Owings gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings as the Reds lost for the fourth time in 12 road games.

Notes: Owings, one of baseball’s best hitting pitchers, went 0-for-3 to cut his average to .286. His .667 career average (6-for-9) against Pittsburgh coming in was the highest of any player over the last three seasons, based on a minimum of nine at-bats. … The Reds haven’t had three consecutive shutouts since June 21-23, 1963; the Pirates haven’t been shut out three times in a row since Aug. 28-30, 1968, the season when offense declined so much the pitching mound was lowered by 5 inches a year later.

AP-ES-05-02-09 2219EDT


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