PIRATES 4, ASTROS 3

PITTSBURGH - Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros, 4-3, last night.

Jason Bay added a run-scoring triple to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth, helping Pittsburgh beat Houston for the second consecutive night and win the first series of the season between the NL Central rivals.

The Astros have lost seven of eight, even though they scored more than two runs for the first time during the stretch, and dropped to one game above .500 for the first time since May 8.

Maholm (4-5) allowed two runs and eight hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter to win his second consecutive start.

Matt Capps allowed a pair of runners in the ninth, but got Hunter Pence to fly out to center for his 13th save.

Michaels continued his tear at the plate, homering in consecutive at-bats spanning three days with a 384-foot home run in the first to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

He had a pinch-hit grand slam in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over St. Louis on Monday, then didn't play again until last night. The former Phillie is 6 for 13 in his last six games.

Houston 120 000 000–3 9 1

Pittsburgh 300 010 00x–4 9 1

Houston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Pence rf 4   1   1   1   .294      JaWilson ss 4   1   2   0   .318

KMatsui 2b 4   0   0   0   .271      FSanchez 2b 4   0   0   0   .239

Tejada ss 4   0   0   0   .302      McLouth cf 4   1   1   0   .309

Berkman 1b 4   0   1   0   .382      Bay lf 3   1   1   1   .291

CaLee lf 4   0   0   0   .260      Michaels rf 3   1   1   3   .325

Wigginton 3b 3   1   2   0   .284      AdLaRoche 1b 4   0   1   0   .214

Cruz Jr. cf 4   0   0   0   .122      JBautista 3b 4   0   1   0   .257

Ausmus c 3   1   2   0   .195      RChavez c 4   0   1   0   .242

b-Erstad ph 1   0   0   0   .307      Maholm p 3   0   1   0   .208

Backe p 2   0   1   1   .286      Capps p 0   0   0   0   .000

a-Loretta ph 1   0   1   0   .257      Totals 33   4   9   4      

1-Bourn pr 0   0   0   0   .214

Sampson p 0   0   0   0   .105

Brocail p 0   0   0   0   ---

c-Blum ph 1   0   1   0   .240

Totals 35   3   9   2      

a-doubled for Backe in the 7th. b-lined out for Ausmus in the 9th. c-singled for Brocail in the 9th.1-ran for Loretta in the 7th. E: KMatsui (10), JaWilson (2). LOB: Houston 7, Pittsburgh 7. 2B: Pence (14), Loretta (7), RChavez (3). 3B: Bay (2). HR: Michaels (2), off Backe. RBIs: Pence (32), Backe (2), Bay (30), Michaels 3 (14). SF: Pence. RLSP: Houston 3 (Pence, KMatsui, CaLee); Pittsburgh 4 (FSanchez 2, AdLaRoche, Maholm). RA: Cruz Jr..

Pittsburgh walks (2): Bay, Michaels.

Houston strikeouts (1): Backe.

Pittsburgh strikeouts (3): AdLaRoche, JBautista 2.

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Backe(L) 6   9   4   4   2   2   104   4.66

Sampson 1   0   0   0   0   0   11   5.53

Brocail 1   0   0   0   0   1   12   2.53

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Maholm(W) 8   8   3   2   0   1   86   4.48

Capps(S) 1   1   0   0   0   0   17   2.28

W: Maholm, 4-5. L: Backe, 4-7. S: Capps, 13.

HBP: by Capps (Wigginton). Umpires: Home, Bob Davidson; First, Alfonso Marquez; Second, Andy Fletcher; Third, Mike Reilly.

T: 2:24. A: 10,728 (38,362).

CARDINALS 4, NATIONALS 1

NATIONALS 10, CARDINALS 9

WASHINGTON - Elijah Dukes' two-run 10th-inning home run gave Washington a win over St. Louis in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

Dukes, who had four hits and four RBIs, finished a double shy of the cycle. He homered over the center-field wall, giving the Nationals a split of the doubleheader and breaking a four-game losing streak.

Cristian Guzman had his fourth hit leading off the 10th against Ryan Franklin (2-2). Dukes followed with the home run, his first of the season.

Brian Sanches (1-1) was the winner. He allowed Joe Mather's two-out home run - his first major-league homer - in the 10th to give St. Louis a 9-8 lead.

In the opener, Todd Wellemeyer (7-1) won his fifth straight decision, and Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals.

Albert Pujols added the first pinch-hit homer of his career to help St. Louis.

FIRST GAME

St. Louis 000 200 200–4 8 1

Washington 000 000 010–1 7 0

St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Washington AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

BRyan 2b-3b 4   1   1   0   .277      CGuzman ss 5   0   2   0   .301

BBarton lf 3   0   0   0   .242      Dukes rf 4   0   1   0   .155

Villone p 0   0   0   0   .000      Milledge cf 5   0   1   0   .245

Springer p 0   0   0   0   ---      Boone 1b 4   0   0   0   .255

ChPerez p 0   0   0   0   ---      Casto 3b 2   1   1   0   .400

AKennedy 2b 1   0   1   0   .246      Flores c 3   0   1   0   .333

Mather cf-rf 4   0   1   1   .250      WPena lf 3   0   0   0   .202

Ludwick rf-lf 4   1   1   0   .322      Hanrahan p 0   0   0   0   .000

Glaus 1b 3   1   1   2   .265      c-Mackwiak ph 0   0   0   0   .132

YMolina c 4   0   2   0   .300      Ayala p 0   0   0   0   .000

Miles 3b 3   0   0   0   .314      WHarris 2b 2   0   0   0   .157

Flores p 0   0   0   0   ---      b-FLopez ph-2b 2   0   1   1   .245

Franklin p 0   0   0   0   ---      Lannan p 2   0   0   0   .000

Wellemeyer p 1   0   0   0   .167      Langerhans lf 2   0   0   0   .167

a-Pujols ph 1   1   1   1   .365      Totals 34   1   7   1      

Schumaker cf 1   0   0   0   .290

Izturis ss 4   0   0   0   .263

Totals 33   4   8   4      

a-homered for Wellemeyer in the 7th. b-lined out for Harris in the 7th. c-walked for Hanrahan in the 8th. E: Izturis (4). LOB: St. Louis 8, Washington 11. 2B: Mather (1). HR: Pujols (15), off Hanrahan; Glaus (5), off Lannan. RBIs: Mather (2), Glaus 2 (36), Pujols (40), FLopez (17). SB: BRyan (3), BBarton (2), Ludwick (4). S: Wellemeyer. GIDP: Miles. RLSP: St. Louis 4 (Mather, Ludwick, Glaus, Izturis); Washington 5 (Milledge, Casto, WHarris, Langerhans). DP: Washington 1 (CGuzman and Boone).

St. Louis walks (5): BRyan, BBarton, Mather, Glaus, Miles.

Washington walks (4): Dukes, Casto 2, Mackowiak.

St. Louis strikeouts (3): BRyan, BBarton, Glaus.

Washington strikeouts (6): Milledge 2, Flores, WPena 2, WHarris.

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Wellemeyer(W) 6   5   0   0   1   5   79   2.92

Villone 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   6   3.86

Springer 1/3   0   0   0   1   1   11   2.93

ChPerez 2/3   0   1   1   2   0   17   2.08

Flores(H) 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   11   4.02

Franklin(S) 1   0   0   0   0   0   9   1.98

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Lannan(L) 6   4   2   2   4   0   97   3.47

Hanrahan 2   3   2   2   1   2   35   4.06

Ayala 1   1   0   0   0   1   14   4.45

W: Wellemeyer, 7-1. L: Lannan, 4-6. S: Franklin, 7. H: Flores, 10.

IR-S: Springer 1-0, Flores 2-1. HBP: by Wellemeyer (Flores). Umpires: Home, Lance Barksdale; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Ted Barrett; Third, Dana DeMuth.

T: 2:43. A: 27,264 (41,888).

SECOND GAME

Washington 232 100 000 2–10 16 1

St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Washington AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Schumaker cf 4   1   2   1   .294      CGuzman ss 6   3   4   1   .310

Miles 3b 5   0   2   1   .317      Dukes rf 6   3   4   4   .203

AKennedy 2b 5   0   1   0   .245      Milledge cf 4   1   0   0   .241

Ludwick lf 5   0   0   0   .313      Boone 1b 4   2   3   2   .273

Glaus 1b 4   1   1   1   .264      Casto 3b 4   0   3   2   .556

Mather rf 5   3   2   1   .280      FLopez 2b 2   0   0   0   .242

Larue c 5   2   2   0   .173      Langerhans lf 3   0   1   1   .190

Parisi p 2   0   1   2   .250      Nieves c 5   1   1   0   .290

Worrell p 1   1   1   3   1000      Redding p 2   0   0   0   .150

McClellan p 0   0   0   0   .000      SRivera p 0   0   0   0   ---

Villone p 0   0   0   0   .000      a-WHarris ph 1   0   0   0   .155

b-BRyan ph-ss 1   1   1   0   .286      Manning p 0   0   0   0   ---

Izturis ss 3   0   0   0   .258      Ayala p 0   0   0   0   .000

c-Pujols ph 1   0   0   0   .364      Rauch p 0   0   0   0   .000

Flores p 0   0   0   0   ---      d-DmYoung ph 1   0   0   0   .214

Franklin p 0   0   0   0   ---      Sanches p 0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 41   9   13   9         Totals 38   10   16   10      

No outs when winning run scored.a-popped out for Rivera in the 6th. b-doubled for Villone in the 9th. c-struck out for Izturis in the 9th. d-flied out for Rauch in the 9th. E: Schumaker (2), CGuzman (5). LOB: St. Louis 4, Washington 10. 2B: Parisi (1), BRyan (3), CGuzman (20), Boone 2 (6), Casto (1). 3B: Schumaker (2), Dukes (1). HR: Dukes (1), off Franklin; Mather (1), off Sanches; Worrell (1), off Redding; Glaus (6), off Redding. RBIs: Schumaker (19), Miles (10), Glaus (37), Mather (3), Parisi 2 (2), Worrell 3 (3), CGuzman (21), Dukes 4 (6), Boone 2 (16), Casto 2 (2), Langerhans (3). S: FLopez, Redding. SF: Boone. GIDP: AKennedy 2, Milledge 2, FLopez. RLSP: St. Louis 3 (Glaus 2, Izturis); Washington 7 (Milledge, FLopez, Nieves 2, Redding, WHarris 2). RA: AKennedy. DP: St. Louis 3 (Izturis, AKennedy and Glaus), (Izturis, AKennedy and Glaus), (Izturis, AKennedy and Glaus); Washington 2 (Boone, CGuzman and Redding), (CGuzman, FLopez and Boone).

St. Louis walks (2): Schumaker, Glaus.

Washington walks (6): Milledge, Casto, FLopez 2, Langerhans 2.

St. Louis strikeouts (2): Ludwick, Pujols.

Washington strikeouts (3): CGuzman 2, Dukes.

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Parisi 4   10   8   5   4   1   89   7.25

Worrell 2   2   0   0   2   1   37   0.00

McClellan 1   1   0   0   0   1   12   2.01

Villone 1   1   0   0   0   0   11   3.70

Flores 1   0   0   0   0   0   11   3.78

Franklin (L) 0   2   2   2   0   0   7   2.63

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Redding 52/3   9   6   6   1   1   79   4.15

SRivera(H) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   3   4.33

Manning(H) 1   0   0   0   1   0   13   3.86

Ayala(H) 1   0   0   0   0   0   9   4.32

Rauch(BS) 1   3   2   2   0   1   17   2.73

Sanches(W) 1   1   1   1   0   0   26   3.60

W: Sanches, 2-0. . H: Ayala, 15. H: Manning, 2. H: SRivera, 7. BS: Rauch, 3.

Franklin pitched to 2 batters in the 10th. IBB: off Worrell (Langerhans) 1. WP: Parisi, Redding.

BRAVES 7, MARLINS 5

ATLANTA - A threat to hit 400? Chipper Jones is already there.

The Atlanta slugger hit his 400th career home run and finished with four hits in a victory over Florida, raising his major-league-leading batting average to .418.

Jones came out of the dugout for a curtain call as fans cheered his milestone homer in the sixth inning. He became the third switch-hitter to reach 400 home runs, following Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).

Brian McCann gave the Braves a 6-5 lead in the fifth with a two-run shot. Yunel Escobar also connected.

The three homers came off Ricky Nolasco (5-4), who gave up 11 hits and seven runs in 52/3 innings, ending his bid for his fifth straight win.

Jair Jurrjens (6-3) gave up a season-high 11 hits and five runs in six innings but won as the Braves rallied from a 5-3 deficit. Jurrjens escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when Nolasco hit into a double play.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his third save.

Florida 100 400 000–5 13 2

Atlanta 102 121 00x–7 13 1

Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

HRamirez ss 4   2   1   1   .296      YEscobar ss 5   2   2   1   .303

Hermida rf 5   0   2   0   .269      KJohnson 2b 5   1   1   0   .294

Cantu 3b 5   0   1   1   .269      CJones 3b 5   1   4   1   .418

Jacobs 1b 5   0   1   0   .250      Teixeira 1b 5   1   3   1   .279

1-Amezaga pr 0   0   0   0   .252      McCann c 3   1   1   2   .307

Uggla 2b 5   1   3   0   .309      Francoeur rf 4   0   1   1   .254

LGonzalez lf 5   0   1   0   .284      GBlanco cf 4   0   0   0   .264

Treanor c 3   1   1   0   .275      JAnderson lf 3   1   1   0   .308

JJones cf 3   1   1   1   .111      Jurrjens p 2   0   0   0   .120

Nolasco p 2   0   1   1   .100      Ring p 0   0   0   0   ---

Kensing p 0   0   0   0   .000      a-Gotay ph 1   0   0   0   .222

b-Helms ph 1   0   1   0   .250      JBennett p 0   0   0   0   .167

Nelson p 0   0   0   0   ---      RSoriano p 0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 38   5   13   4         Totals 37   7   13   6      

a-struck out for Ring in the 7th. b-doubled for Kensing in the 8th.1-ran for Jacobs in the 9th. E: Hermida (4), Jacobs (4), McCann (1). LOB: Florida 10, Atlanta 9. 2B: Jacobs (11), LGonzalez (10), Helms (8), Francoeur (16). 3B: JAnderson (1). HR: CJones (14), off Nolasco; McCann (11), off Nolasco; YEscobar (6), off Nolasco; HRamirez (12), off Jurrjens. RBIs: HRamirez (27), Cantu (30), JJones (2), Nolasco (1), YEscobar (27), CJones (39), Teixeira (43), McCann 2 (35), Francoeur (36). SB: HRamirez (15), Uggla (3), CJones (1). S: Nolasco. GIDP: Nolasco, YEscobar. RLSP: Florida 5 (HRamirez, Hermida, Jacobs, LGonzalez 2); Atlanta 5 (Teixeira, Francoeur 2, GBlanco, Jurrjens). RA: McCann. DP: Florida 1 (HRamirez, Uggla and Jacobs); Atlanta 1 (CJones, KJohnson and Teixeira).

Florida walks (3): HRamirez, Treanor, JJones.

Atlanta walks (3): McCann, JAnderson, Jurrjens.

Florida strikeouts (8): HRamirez, Hermida 2, Cantu, Uggla 2, JJones 2.

Atlanta strikeouts (5): YEscobar, Francoeur, GBlanco 2, Gotay.

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Nolasco(L) 52/3   12   7   7   3   2   107   5.05

Kensing 11/3   0   0   0   0   2   16   3.81

Nelson 1   1   0   0   0   1   14   1.59

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Jurrjens(W) 6   11   5   5   2   4   99   3.77

Ring(H) 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   4.63

JBennett(H) 1   1   0   0   1   2   19   3.17

RSoriano(S) 1   1   0   0   0   1   13   2.00

W: Jurrjens, 6-3. L: Nolasco, 5-4. S: RSoriano, 3. H: Ring, 4. H: JBennett, 5. IR-S: Kensing 2-0. IBB: off Nolasco (JAnderson) 1.