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Dodgers top Mets, give Torre win in NY

Russell Martin went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets, 9-5, last night.

Russell Martin went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets, 9-5, last night.

After prized prospect Clayton Kershaw was chased in the fourth inning of his second major league start, Chan Ho Park (2-1) shut down the Mets to give manager Joe Torre a victory in his return to New York.

The Dodgers broke out of their offensive slumber by battering reliever Aaron Heilman (0-2) in a five-run eighth. They snapped a four-game skid and won for only the second time in eight tries. Los Angeles scored only 12 runs in its previous seven games.

Luis Castillo hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who had won three straight after a 1-7 stretch. The second baseman left in the seventh with a strained left hip flexor after turning a difficult doubleplay. He was replaced by Damion Easley.

In other games:

* At St. Louis, Albert Pujols homered for the third time in four games and Todd Wellemeyer (6-1) worked seven sharp innings in the Cardinals' 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the Cardinals' sixth victory in their last eight games.

* At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun homered and matched a career high with four hits, Manny Parra (3-2) pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Houston Astros, 5-1. Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron also homered for Milwaukee, which won for the fourth time in five games. Houston dropped its third straight.

* At Cincinnati, rookie Jay Bruce had four hits - three of them off 300-game winner Tom Glavine - and scored on Chipper Jones' error in the 11th inning, leading the Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

* At Chicago, Mark DeRosa and Henry Blanco had two-run homers and Jim Edmonds had a two-run double as the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies, 10-9, for their fifth straight victory.


* Mets ace righthander Pedro Martinez rejoined the team and is scheduled to return to the mound Tuesday night in San Francisco for his second start of the year. He has been on the disabled list since straining his left hamstring April 1 at Florida.

* Chris Duncan, who was defended by manager Tony La Russa from critics of his uncertain fielding and sporadic hitting was optioned to Triple A Memphis to iron out his difficulties. The Cardinals recalled outfielder Joe Mather from Memphis.

* The Braves put outfielder Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back, but could have righthander John Smoltz back in the bullpen next week. Smoltz went on the disabled list on April 29 with tendinitis in his right biceps and shoulder.

* Righthander Jim Brower was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs for cash. *