PITTSBURGH - Andy LaRoche had three RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored five runs in eighth inning to beat the New York Mets, 8-5, last night.

Adam LaRoche and Jack Wilson had three hits apiece for Pittsburgh, which came back from a 5-0 deficit to win for only the second time in six games.

Wilson Valdez had two hits and a career-high three RBIs for the Mets, who fell to 22-2 when leading after seven innings. Jeremy Reed added two hits and scored two runs.

The bottom of the eighth had to stir up bad memories of last season for Mets fans, but bullpen implosions have been rare this season. This time, the big hits came against the Mets' Pedro Feliciano - Adam LaRoche led off with a double - and J.J. Putz (1-4), who yielded a succession of singles up the middle.

New York 023 000 000 – 5 7 1

Pittsburgh 000 300 05x – 8 13 1

New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

L.Castillo 2b 5   0   0   0   .284      Morgan lf 4   0   2   0   .280

F.Martinez lf 3   1   1   0   .211      F.Sanchez 2b 5   0   0   1   .325

Dan.Murphy 1b 4   0   0   0   .243      McLouth cf 4   0   0   1   .250

Sheffield rf 3   1   0   1   .283      Ad.LaRoche 1b 5   2   3   0   .242

D.Wright 3b 3   0   0   0   .328      Hinske rf 2   1   0   0   .270

Reed cf 4   2   2   0   .291      An.LaRoche 3b 4   2   2   3   .304

W.Valdez ss 4   1   2   3   .364      Jaramillo c 4   1   2   1   .269

Schneider c 3   0   1   1   .185      Ja.Wilson ss 4   1   3   1   .263

Li.Hernandez p 2   0   0   0   .100      Snell p 1   0   0   0   .150

Parnell p 0   0   0   0   ---      a-R.Vazquez ph 1   0   0   0   .232

Feliciano p 0   0   0   0   ---      S.Burnett p 0   0   0   0   .000

Putz p 0   0   0   0   ---      S.Jackson p 0   0   0   0   ---

Stokes p 0   0   0   0   ---      Gorzelanny p 0   0   0   0   .000

c-Tatis ph 1   0   1   0   .267      b-D.Young ph 1   1   1   1   .298

Totals 32   5   7   5         Capps p 0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 35   8   13   8      

a-struck out for Snell in the 6th. b-singled for Gorzelanny in the 8th. c-singled for Stokes in the 9th. E: W.Valdez (1), Jaramillo (2). LOB: New York 7, Pittsburgh 8. 2B: Reed 2 (3), W.Valdez (1), Ad.LaRoche 2 (16). 3B: W.Valdez (1), An.LaRoche (1). RBIs: Sheffield (20), W.Valdez 3 (3), Schneider (4), F.Sanchez (18), McLouth (33), An.LaRoche 3 (25), Jaramillo (7), Ja.Wilson (17), Delw.Young (10). SB: F.Martinez 2 (2), Morgan (11). S: Li.Hernandez, Snell. SF: McLouth. RLSP: New York 5 (D.Wright, Schneider 2, L.Castillo, Dan.Murphy); Pittsburgh 5 (Ad.LaRoche 2, F.Sanchez, R.Vazquez 2). RA: Dan.Murphy, W.Valdez, F.Sanchez, Hinske, Jaramillo. GIDP: Li.Hernandez, An.LaRoche. DP: New York 1 (D.Wright, L.Castillo, Dan.Murphy); Pittsburgh 1 (Ja.Wilson, F.Sanchez, Ad.LaRoche).

N.Y. walks (6): F.Martinez 2, Dan.Murphy, Sheffield, D.Wright, Schneider. Pittsburgh walks (3): Morgan, Hinske 2. N.Y. strikeouts (2): D.Wright, Reed. Pittsburgh strikeouts (8): Morgan 2, McLouth 3, An.LaRoche, Snell, R.Vazquez.

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Li.Hernandez 52/3   7   3   3   2   5   103   4.33

Parnell (H) 1/3   1   0   0   0   1   11   2.08

Feliciano (H) 11/3   1   1   1   0   2   24   2.53

Putz (L) 0   4   4   3   1   0   12   4.76

Stokes 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   7   2.66

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Snell 6   6   5   5   5   2   104   5.64

S.Burnett 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   5   3.18

S.Jackson 1   0   0   0   1   0   14   0.00

Gorzelanny (W) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   5   7.50

Capps (S) 1   1   0   0   0   0   21   5.94

W: Gorzelanny, 3-1. L: Putz, 1-4. S: Capps, 11. H: Parnell, 11. H: Feliciano, 9. BS: Putz, 2. Putz pitched to 5 batters in the 8th. IR-S: Parnell 2-0, Putz 1-1, Stokes 3-2, Gorzelanny 1-0. IBB: off Putz (Morgan). Umpires: Home, Scott Barry; first, Ted Barrett; second, Tim McClelland; third, Adrian Johnson. T: 3:08. A: 11,812 (38,362).

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Marlins 7, Brewers 4

MIAMI - Hanley Ramirez and Jeremy Hermida had RBI singles in Florida's five-run sixth inning as the Marlins rallied to beat Milwaukee.

Jorge Cantu had two RBIs for Florida. Ramirez finished with three hits.

Eleven Marlins batted in the sixth, with the first eight reaching base safely. Jorge Julio (1-1) faced six batters and allowed five runs, four earned. He walked one and hit two batters.

Cristhian Martinez (1-1) pitched 12/3 innings to earn his first major-league win. Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save in 12 opportunities.

Milwaukee centerfielder Mike Cameron left in the fifth inning with left knee irritation.

Milwaukee 030 010 000 – 4 11 1

Florida 110 005 00x – 7 11 2

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Hart rf 5   0   1   1   .254      Coghlan lf 4   1   1   1   .214

Hall 3b 5   0   1   0   .221      B.Carroll rf 0   0   0   0   .182

Braun lf 4   0   0   0   .309      Bonifacio 3b 4   1   0   0   .245

Coffey p 0   0   0   0   .000      Ha.Ramirez ss 5   2   3   1   .337

McClung p 0   0   0   0   .000      Cantu 1b 4   0   2   2   .271

c-Gamel ph 1   0   0   0   .207      Hermida rf-lf 5   0   2   1   .267

Villanueva p 0   0   0   0   .333      Uggla 2b 2   1   0   1   .206

Fielder 1b 5   1   1   0   .271      Jo.Baker c 5   0   1   0   .259

M.Cameron cf 1   1   1   0   .288      C.Ross cf 4   1   1   0   .254

Julio p 0   0   0   0   .000      A.Miller p 2   0   1   0   .091

Catalanotto lf 2   0   1   0   .300      Cr.Martinez p 0   0   0   0   ---

Hardy ss 5   1   2   0   .241      b-Hayes ph 1   1   0   0   .250

McGehee 2b 5   1   2   1   .256      Sanches p 0   0   0   0   ---

Kendall c 3   0   2   1   .217      Nunez p 0   0   0   0   ---

Suppan p 0   0   0   1   .125      Lindstrom p 0   0   0   0   ---

a-Gerut ph-cf 2   0   0   0   .210      Totals 36   7   11   6      

Totals 38   4   11   4      

a-grounded out for Suppan in the 6th. b-was hit by a pitch for Cr.Martinez in the 6th. c-grounded out for McClung in the 8th. E: Fielder (3), Ha.Ramirez (4), Bonifacio (8). LOB: Milwaukee 12, Florida 12. 2B: Ha.Ramirez (17). RBIs: Hart (20), McGehee (4), Kendall (16), Suppan (2), Coghlan (6), Ha.Ramirez (24), Cantu 2 (39), Hermida (23), Uggla (35). CS: Fielder (1). S: Suppan. RLSP: Milwaukee 6 (Braun 2, Hall, Kendall, Fielder, Gerut); Florida 6 (Ha.Ramirez 2, C.Ross, Jo.Baker, Hayes 2).

Milwaukee walks (4): M.Cameron 2, Kendall, Suppan.

Florida walks (5): Coghlan, Bonifacio, Uggla 3.

Milwaukee strikeouts (8): Hart, Hall 2, Braun, Fielder, Catalanotto, Hardy, McGehee.

Florida strikeouts (9): Bonifacio, Hermida, Jo.Baker 3, C.Ross 2, A.Miller, Hayes.

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Suppan 5   7   2   2   3   5   100   5.09

Julio (L) (BS) 0   2   5   4   1   0   20   7.79

Coffey 1   1   0   0   1   3   26   2.49

McClung 1   1   0   0   0   0   10   2.63

Villanueva 1   0   0   0   0   1   18   3.60

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

A.Miller 41/3   6   4   3   4   4   97   4.76

Cr.Martinez (W) 12/3   2   0   0   0   2   26   4.91

Sanches (H) 1   2   0   0   0   0   20   0.00

Nunez (H) 1   0   0   0   0   0   12   3.38

Lindstrom (S) 1   1   0   0   0   2   12   5.82

W: Martinez, 1-1. L: Julio, 1-1. S: Lindstrom, 10. H: Nunez, 9.

H: Sanches, 1. BS: Julio, 1. Julio pitched to 6 batters in the 6th.

IR-S: Coffey 3-2, Cr.Martinez 2-1. HBP: by Julio (Hayes, Cantu). Umpires: Home, Mike DiMuro; first, Dale Scott; second, Jerry Meals; third, Damien Beal. T: 3:15. A: 10,509 (38,560).

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Astros 4, Rockies 1

HOUSTON - Roy Oswalt had a season-high eight strikeouts, Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer, and the Houston Astros snapped a four-game losing skid at home with the win over Colorado.

Oswalt (2-2) improved to 7-1 in 10 career starts against Colorado.

He allowed six hits and two walks in seven innings to match his longest outing of the season. Todd Helton hit a solo homer for the Rockies, who've lost five of their last seven. They're 2-2 since Jim Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle as manager on Friday.

Colorado 000 010 000 – 1 8 0

Houston 100 102 00x – 4 10 0

Colorado AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Houston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Spilborghs cf 5   0   0   0   .261      Bourn cf 4   0   1   0   .286

Barmes 2b 4   0   2   0   .262      Tejada ss 4   1   2   0   .353

Helton 1b 4   1   1   1   .312      Pence rf 3   2   1   0   .341

Atkins 3b 3   0   1   0   .196      Ca.Lee lf 3   1   3   2   .319

Hawpe rf 4   0   1   0   .345      Berkman 1b 3   0   1   2   .232

S.Smith lf 4   0   3   0   .278      I.Rodriguez c 3   0   1   0   .265

Tulowitzki ss 4   0   0   0   .221      Keppinger 3b 3   0   0   0   .282

Torrealba c 3   0   0   0   .230      Maysonet 2b 3   0   0   0   .391

Cook p 2   0   0   0   .190      Oswalt p 2   0   1   0   .136

a-Murton ph 1   0   0   0   .256      b-Erstad ph 1   0   0   0   .140

Fogg p 0   0   0   0   .000      Sampson p 0   0   0   0   .000

Embree p 0   0   0   0   ---      Hawkins p 0   0   0   0   ---

c-Stewart ph 1   0   0   0   .180      Totals 29   4   10   4      

Totals 35   1   8   1      

a-grounded out for Cook in the 7th. b-grounded out for Oswalt in the 7th. c-grounded out for Embree in the 9th. LOB: Colorado 9, Houston 4. 2B: Barmes (11). HR: Helton (7), off Oswalt; Ca.Lee (9), off Cook. RBIs: Helton (34), Ca.Lee 2 (31), Berkman 2 (31). CS: Bourn (4), Tejada (2). SF: Berkman. RLSP: Colorado 4 (Atkins, Cook, Hawpe, Tulowitzki). RA: Pence. GIDP: Bourn. DP: Colorado 2 (Tulowitzki, Barmes, Helton), (Torrealba, Torrealba, Tulowitzki).

Colorado walks (2): Atkins, Torrealba.

Houston walks (2): Pence, Ca.Lee.

Colorado strikeouts (9): Spilborghs, Barmes, Atkins, Hawpe 2, Tulowitzki, Torrealba, Cook 2.

Houston strikeouts (4): Bourn 2, Pence, I.Rodriguez.

Colorado IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Cook (L) 6   9   4   4   1   2   98   4.94

Fogg 1   0   0   0   0   1   14   0.00

Embree 1   1   0   0   1   1   16   6.60

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Oswalt (W) 7   6   1   1   2   8   102   4.28

Sampson (H) 1   2   0   0   0   0   16   2.03

Hawkins (S) 1   0   0   0   0   1   9   2.49

Reds 5, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS - Mike Lincoln (1-0) and four other Cincinnati relievers allowed one earned run in eight innings, and the Reds rallied to beat St. Louis.

Laynce Nix's two-run double off Todd Wellemeyer (5-5) capped a three-run fourth inning for the Reds, putting them ahead to stay.

Cincinnati 000 310 100 – 5 8 1

St. Louis 101 000 100 – 3 7 1

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

Dickerson cf 4   1   1   0   .240      Schumaker 2b 4   0   0   0   .300

A.Rosales 3b 3   0   0   1   .239      Rasmus cf 4   2   3   1   .243

B.Phillips 2b 4   0   1   1   .280      Pujols 1b 3   0   1   1   .339

Bruce rf 3   1   0   0   .225      Duncan lf 3   0   0   0   .256

R.Hernandz 1b 5   1   1   1   .283      Ankiel rf 4   0   0   0   .221

L.Nix lf 4   0   2   2   .274      LaRue c 3   0   0   0   .250

Ale.Gonzalez ss 3   0   0   0   .219      d-Y.Molina ph 1   0   0   0   .271

Hanigan c 4   2   2   0   .333      Thurston 3b 3   1   3   0   .258

Volquez p 0   0   0   0   .063      Wellemeyer p 0   0   0   0   .150

Lincoln p 1   0   0   0   .000      T.Miller p 0   0   0   0   ---

a-W.Castillo ph 1   0   1   0   .500      Boyer p 0   0   0   0   ---

Herrera p 0   0   0   0   .000      D.Reyes p 0   0   0   0   ---

Masset p 0   0   0   0   ---      b-Stavinoha ph 1   0   0   0   .250

c-Gomes ph 1   0   0   0   .353      C.Perez p 0   0   0   0   ---

Rhodes p 0   0   0   0   ---      McClellan p 0   0   0   0   .000

Cordero p 0   0   0   0   ---      e-Ludwick ph 1   0   0   0   .254

Totals 33   5   8   5         Br.Ryan ss 3   0   0   0   .269

Totals 30   3   7   2      

a-singled for Lincoln in the 5th. b-grounded out for D.Reyes in the 7th. c-struck out for Masset in the 8th. d-grounded out for LaRue in the 9th. e-flied out for McClellan in the 9th. E: R.Hernandez (4), Ankiel (1). LOB: Cincinnati 9, St. Louis 5. 2B: L.Nix (11), Rasmus (9), Pujols (10), Thurston 2 (13). HR: Rasmus (6), off Lincoln. RBIs: A.Rosales (10), B.Phillips (37), R.Hernandez (21), L.Nix 2 (12), Rasmus (20), Pujols (43). SB: Dickerson (2). S: Herrera, Wellemeyer 2. SF: A.Rosales. RLSP: Cincinnati 4 (Ale.Gonzalez, Bruce, Gomes, R.Hernandez); St. Louis 3 (LaRue, Schumaker, Br.Ryan). RA: Stavinoha. GIDP: Pujols, Ankiel. DP: Cincinnati 3 (B.Phillips, Ale.Gonzalez, R.Hernandez), (A.Rosales, B.Phillips, R.Hernandez), (Dickerson, Ale.Gonzalez, R.Hernandez, B.Phillips).

Cincinnati walks (5): Dickerson, A.Rosales, B.Phillips, Bruce 2.

St. Louis walks (3): Pujols, Duncan, Thurston.

Cincinnati strikeouts (9): Dickerson, A.Rosales, B.Phillips 2, Bruce 2, L.Nix, Lincoln, Gomes.

St. Louis strikeouts (5): Duncan 2, Ankiel 2, LaRue.

Cincinnati IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Volquez 1   2   1   1   1   2   24   4.35

Lincoln (W) 3   2   1   1   2   1   38   8.10

Herrera 2   2   1   0   0   1   19   1.74

Masset (H) 1   0   0   0   0   0   16   1.00

Rhodes (H) 1   0   0   0   0   0   11   0.50

Cordero (S) 1   1   0   0   0   1   15   1.64

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Wellemeyer (L) 5   5   4   3   2   4   89   5.05

T.Miller 1   1   0   0   0   1   15   2.84

Boyer 2/3   2   1   1   1   0   12   9.24

D.Reyes 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   8   3.77

C.Perez 1   0   0   0   0   2   12   2.16

McClellan 1   0   0   0   2   1   23   1.80

W: Lincoln, 1-0. L: Wellemeyer, 5-5. S: Cordero, 14. H: Rhodes, 8. H: Masset, 2.

Herrera pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. IR-S: Masset 1-1, D.Reyes 2-0. HBP: by C.Perez (Ale.Gonzalez). WP: C.Perez, McClellan. PB: Hanigan. Umpires: Home, Jim Joyce; first, Brian Runge; second, Derryl Cousins; third, D.J. Reyburn.

T: 3:08. A: 35,815 (43,975).