NATIONAL LEAGUE Myers leads Phillies past Braves, 6-3

Philadelphia won for only the third time in 13 games.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies needed a good start, and Brett Myers delivered.
After getting hit hard in his previous two starts, the right-hander took a shutout into the ninth inning, and the slumping Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Saturday.
Pat Burrell and David Bell homered for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in 13 games.
Myers (6-4) allowed three runs and four hits in 81/3 innings. He struck out nine, including seven looking, in his first win since June 4.
"He had a gem going. That's what we needed," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He had real good command of his breaking ball and his fastball."
Atlanta's Adam LaRoche singled in the second, but Myers retired the next 20 batters before Wilson Betemit singled to center leading off the ninth.
Pinch-hitter Julio Franco followed with another single, and Rafael Furcal drew the only walk off Myers to load the bases. Myers lost his shutout bid with a wild pitch, and after Kelly Johnson struck out, Marcus Giles doubled in two runs to chase Myers.
Billy Wagner got the final two outs for his 20th save in 22 chances.
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DP--Atlanta 1. LOB--Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 9. 2B--MGiles (25), Rollins (13). HR--Burrell (17), DaBell (5). SB--Rollins (19).
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HBP--by HRamirez (Utley). WP--BMyers. Umpires--Home, Mike Everitt; First, Tim McClelland; Second, Adam Dowdy; Third, Chuck Meriwether. T--2:15. A--29,205.
Marlins 7, Mets 3
NEW YORK -- Florida's Juan Encarnacion had four hits and three RBIs, finally providing some run support for Brian Moehler.
Pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca added an RBI single in the sixth inning, when Florida took advantage of a key error by fill-in first baseman Jose Offerman and scored four times.
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double, but he had an up-and-down performance -- appropriately -- on his own bobblehead day. The Mets fell back to .500 and last place in the NL East.
Encarnacion has reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances, tying the club record set by Derrek Lee in September 2002.
Moehler (3-6) got help from his bullpen after allowing three runs and nine hits in 51/3 innings. He was 0-5 in his previous eight starts, getting only 1.58 runs of support per game.
The right-hander left with the bases loaded, but Valerio De Los Santos threw one pitch and got pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Guillermo Mota worked two perfect innings, and Todd Jones finished it.
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E--LCastillo (4), Cameron (3), Offerman (2). DP--Florida 3. LOB--Florida 10, New York 7. 2B--Beltran 2 (19), Wright (21). SB--Pierre 2 (20), AGonzalez 2 (3). S--LCastillo 2, Easley.
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HBP--by Graves (JEncarnacion), by Moehler (Floyd). Umpires--Home, Larry Vanover; First, Jim Wolf; Second, Sam Holbrook; Third, Randy Marsh. T--2:59. A--41,290.
Nationals 4, Cubs 2
CHICAGO -- Jose Guillen homered, Tony Armas won a road start for the first time in more than two years as Washington won its fifth straight.
Armas (4-4) hadn't won a road start since April 10, 2003 -- at Wrigley Field -- and had been 0-6 in 10 starts since. He went five-plus innings Saturday, allowing seven hits and two runs.
Chad Cordero pitched a perfect for his major league-leading 29th save. He's converted 26 straight save opportunities.
Batting .381 entering the game, Chicago's Derrek Lee continued his remarkable first half with three more hits, including his 25th homer, a triple and a single.
Needing a double to hit for the cycle, Lee flied to center in the eighth inning.
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DP--Washington 2. LOB--Washington 3, Chicago 6. 2B--WCordero (2), Hollandsworth (12). 3B--Wilkerson (4), DeLee (2). HR--JGuillen (17), DeLee (25). S--Byrd, JeWilliams. SF--Spivey, WCordero.
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Armas Jr. pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. HBP--by JeWilliams (Castilla). Umpires--Home, Brian O'Nora; First, Ed Hickox; Second, Gary Cederstrom; Third, Tim Welke. T--2:39. A--40,488.
Astros 4, Reds 3, 1st game
CINCINNATI -- Adam Everett homered and scored two runs, and the Houston Astros came from behind three times in the first game of a doubleheader.
With the Astros trailing 3-2, Jason Lane led off the seventh inning with a double and moved to third on Everett's single. Chris Burke's double tied it and moved Everett to third, and Everett scored the go-ahead run one out later on pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's sacrifice fly to right-center field that Ken Griffey Jr. dived to catch.
Palmeiro was hitting for Houston rookie starter Wandy Rodriguez (4-3), who recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in his career. The right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and five walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
Mike Burns pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Dan Wheeler pitched the ninth for his second save in three tries this season. He also got the save on Friday while closer Brad Lidge remains day to day with a slight elbow problem.
Reds starter Aaron Harang (4-7) fell to 0-5 in his last six starts. The right-hander, who recorded his last win by beating Roger Clemens and the Astros 9-0 in Houston on May 30, allowed eight hits and four runs in seven innings.
The doubleheader became necessary after Thursday's game was suspended by rain after seven innings with the teams tied at 2. The Reds have five losses and that tie in six games since winning at Cleveland on June 24.
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Balk--Rodriguez. Umpires--Home, Larry Young; First, Chad Fairchild; Second, Fieldin Culbreth; Third, Marvin Hudson. T--2:35.
Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 5
LOS ANGELES -- Jose Cruz Jr. hit one of four solo homers off Derek Lowe, and added an RBI double for Arizona.
Arizona left fielder Luis Gonzalez preserved the victory by diving into the stands to catch Jason Phillips' bid for a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth.
The win was just the fifth in 16 games for the Diamondbacks, while the Dodgers lost for the 13th time in 18 games.
Chad Tracy, Cruz and Alex Cintron, three of the first seven Arizona batters, hit home runs, and Shawn Green added another leading off the third. Cruz and Cintron connected on the first two pitches of the second.
The four homers were the most Lowe (5-9) has given up in 414 major league appearances -- 138 starts. Lowe, who lost his fourth straight decision, entered having allowed only nine homers in 1102/3 innings this season.
Claudio Vargas (3-4) won his third straight start, giving up six hits and four runs, two earned, in five innings. Two of the hits were solo homers by J.D. Drew, who drove in three runs.
Brian Bruney, the fifth Arizona pitcher, worked the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.
After Green's homer in the third, the Diamondbacks added another run on Craig Counsell's two-out, bunt single for a 5-1 lead.
Drew hit a two-out homer in the first, and Jayson Werth added a two-out, two-run single in the third to cut Arizona's lead to 5-3. Those runs were unearned thanks to an error by third baseman Troy Glaus.
The Diamondbacks got a run back in the fourth off Elmer Dessens when Cruz blooped a two-out, RBI double, but Drew hit his second homer in the fifth to make it 6-4.
The Dodgers closed within one run in the seventh when Drew hit a two-out, RBI single off Javier Lopez. Greg Aquino relieved and walked Jeff Kent to load the bases before retiring Werth on a fly to center.
The Diamondbacks got that run back in the eighth when Duaner Sanchez committed his first career balk, allowing Gonzalez to score from third.
Lowe gave up nine hits and five runs in three innings in his shortest outing of the season. It could have been worse, but the Diamondbacks stranded six baserunners while he was in the game.
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E--Glaus (15), Stinnett (2), Perez (6), JKent (9). DP--Arizona 1, Los Angeles 1. LOB--Arizona 13, Los Angeles 8. 2B--JoCruz (6), JKent (19). HR--Tracy (9), ShGreen (13), JoCruz (12), Cintron (2), JDrew 2 (15). SB--Counsell (10). S--Vargas 2, Cormier.
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