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By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 18, 2006
CUBS 5, NATIONALS 0: CHICAGO - Sean Marshall and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, Todd Walker drove in two and the Cubs earned their second straight shutout.
Marshall retired the first 10 batters and had a no-hitter until Alfonso Soriano led off the sixth with a single to left. The 6-foot-7 rookie left-hander won for the first time in four starts, and the Cubs improved to 6-2 when he starts.
Walker's two-run single capped a three-run second for the Cubs, who won two in a row for the first time since winning three straight April 23-25. Carlos Zambrano pitched eight scoreless innings in Chicago's 4-0 win Tuesday.
The Cubs won their first series since taking two of three from Florida on April 24-26. They had lost five and split one since.
NOTABLE: The Nationals' medical director, Dr. Bruce Thomas, was fired by the D.C. Sports Medicine Group, which is in its first year as the team's primary medical provider.
CARDINALS 1, METS 0: ST. LOUIS - Matching zeros with New York's Steve Trachsel, Mark Mulder found his stride.
Mulder pitched 81/3 scoreless innings and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the Cardinals' win.
"I used to say this when I was in Oakland: I actually like close games," Mulder said. "It keeps me focused.
"Sometimes when the team isn't scoring runs, it's easier to focus because you know one mistake can cost you the game."
Mulder won his third straight start and had two of the Cardinals' four hits in seven innings against Trachsel, with singles in the fifth and seventh. Scott Rolen doubled in a run in the sixth.
Mulder left after the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. With speedster Jose Reyes at third, Isringhausen struck out David Wright, then got Cliff Floyd to ground to first.
"Just a lazy fly ball in the outfield, Reyes is going to score from third," Isringhausen said. "All I was trying to do was keep the ball on the ground, and hopefully get a double play."
Rolen was 4-for-28 in the first eight games of a nine-game homestand before his two-out double to the gap in left-center broke up a scoreless game.
NOTABLE: The Mets haven't scored for Trachsel, the former Devil Ray, in his past two starts, losing 2-0 in a five-inning game May 11 at Philadelphia.
PIRATES 7, REDS 2: PITTSBURGH - Losing to Oliver Perez was discouraging. To Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, losing to a team as bad as the Pirates was inexcusable, and he didn't hesitate to say so.
Perez, on the verge of being sent to the minors with another bad start, held Cincinnati to two runs over six innings and drove in two to lead Pittsburgh.
The Reds lost their season-high fifth in a row and ninth in 13 games.
Arroyo, the former Hernando High standout, gave up six hits in the first two innings as the Pirates opened a 4-1 lead. The Reds never got back into it.
That he couldn't beat Pittsburgh clearly upset Arroyo.
"I didn't have the greatest stuff coming out of the bullpen, but it's still no excuse, man," Arroyo said. "I mean, to get off to a start like that against a team like this, especially after we hadn't won for four days in a row, it's (bad). This can't happen, period."
NOTABLE: The Pirates have won consecutive games for the first time since April 28-29 and the third time this season.
GIANTS 10, ASTROS 1: HOUSTON - San Francisco completed its first three-game series sweep of the season with Barry Bonds on the bench.
The slugger received some much-needed rest. He watched Ray Durham hit a three-run homer and a run-scoring single for a season-high four RBIs and Matt Morris win for the first time in seven starts.
Pedro Feliz, who has played every inning this season for the Giants, hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single to give him 10 RBIs in the series.
Mark Sweeney doubled and drove in three, and a Giants offense that had been stagnant at times continued to click. San Francisco outscored Houston 34-5 in the three games, jumping to big leads each day on the way to matching its longest winning streak of the season of three games.
NOTABLE: All three Houston starters in the series failed to make it through the fourth inning. Reliever Trever Miller, the former Devil Ray, struck out the side in the fifth, one of few bright spots for Astros pitchers.
BREWERS 8, PHILLIES 7: MILWAUKEE - Geoff Jenkins' run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth lifted the Brewers to their third straight walkoff victory.
Milwaukee became the first team since the 2004 Tigers with three straight walk-off wins.
Arthur Rhodes walked pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth, and Brady Clark's sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Rickie Weeks struck out, bringing up Bill Hall.
Hall, who hit a walkoff home run Sunday to beat the Mets and scored the winner Tuesday night against Philadelphia, was intentionally walked to bring up Jenkins, who hit the 0-and-1 pitch over centerfielder Shane Victorino's head.
NOTABLE: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel replaced starting third baseman David Bell with Abraham Nunez, who had 42 at-bats going in. He went 0-for-4.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 4 (11): ATLANTA - The Braves pulled off another improbable comeback when Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in the 11th.
Florida went ahead 4-3 in the 11th on Matt Treanor's run-scoring single. But Atlanta's Marcus Giles led off with a single, Edgar Renteria walked and Jones followed with his first homer since April 28, a blast to right-center.
The Braves overcame a 5-0 deficit to win the series opener 11-8, then came back in the ninth and 11th innings to win 4-3 Tuesday. They got to .500 for the first time since April 23.
The Braves tied it in the ninth when Jones hustled to beat out a relay with the Marlins trying to turn a game-ending double play. That allowed pinch-runner Pete Orr to score.
DODGERS 3, ROCKIES 2: DENVER - A warm day at Coors Field helped Brad Penny and his sore back.
Penny allowed one run in six strong innings and Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run single, lifting Los Angeles.
Penny left after five innings in his previous start with a stiff back but didn't seem to feel any effects, hitting the mid 90s and keeping hitters off balance with a looping curve. He gave up three runs or fewer for the ninth time, helping the Dodgers win their ninth in 12 games.
"Penny was outstanding. He gave us a very good effort out there and we couldn't ask for more," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "He's not 100 percent, but you certainly can't tell that once he gets out there on the mound and loosens up and starts throwing."
Garciaparra put the Dodgers up 3-1 with a hard single to left in the seventh.
NOTABLE: Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent (lower back) and centerfielder Kenny Lofton (hamstring) sat out but are expected back Friday against the Angels after the day off.
PADRES 14, D'BACKS 10: PHOENIX - Brian Giles drove in a career-high seven as San Diego reclaimed first place in the West.
The Padres had to hang on despite scoring nine in the first and taking an 11-2 lead into the sixth. Arizona scored eight in the sixth to pull within 11-10 before Giles hit a three-run home run in the seventh.
The smallest crowd in Arizona history, 18,012, watched the Padres rock Diamondbacks starting pitcher Juan Cruz who retired two of the 12 batters he faced.
San Diego right-hander Mike Thompson, who was promoted from Triple-A Portland Tuesday night, earned a victory in his major-league debut.
Arizona had won the first two games of the three-game series to take sole possession of first place for the first time since May 25, 2005. But the Diamondbacks' hopes for a sweep dimmed in a brutal first inning.
The inning began when Dave Roberts led off with a double. After Cruz walked Mike Cameron, Giles singled to make it 1-0.
Khalil Greene doubled to make it 3-0, and after Cruz struck out Mark Bellhorn for the first out, Geoff Blum singled home two to give San Diego a 5-0 lead.
Four batters later, Cruz walked Cameron for the second time in the inning to force in the Padres' sixth run. Manager Bob Melvin lifted Cruz after Giles' bases-clearing double made it 9-0.
Giles finished 4-for-6 with two singles, a double and a homer.
Cruz allowed the nine runs on five hits, three walks and two hit batters.
The Diamondbacks set a team record for runs allowed in a first inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous mark was eight in a 12-7 loss to San Francisco on April 23, 2000.
It was San Diego's biggest inning since May 31, 1994, when the Padres tied a club record with 13 runs in the second against Pittsburgh.
NOTABLE: Umpire Mark Hirschbeck missed the game after leaving Tuesday night's game with back spasms. He was replaced by Rob Drake, who worked third base.