NEW YORK - Dillon Gee shut down Washington once again, tossing hitless ball until pitcher Livan Hernandez grounded a clean single with two outs in the sixth inning, to lead the New York Mets over the Nationals, 1-0, Thursday.

The game ended with Washington manager Jim Riggleman, catcher Ivan Rodriguez, and third base coach Bo Porter hollering at the umpires, moments after a disputed call.

For Gee (3-0) and the Nationals, his performance probably looked familiar. In his major-league debut last September, the 25-year-old righthander held the Nationals without a hit until Willie Harris homered leading off the sixth.

Justin Turner hit an RBI single in the fourth for the only run. That was enough for the Mets to win for the ninth time in 13 games.

Washington threatened in the eighth and ninth, yet was shut out in both games of this series. The Nats began the day with the worst batting average in the majors and got blanked for the seventh time in 43 games this year.

The arguments started soon after Laynce Nix doubled with one out in the ninth inning. Jayson Werth followed with a hard one-hopper that third baseman Justin Turner snagged - but his throw appeared to pull first baseman Daniel Murphy off the bag. Plus, Werth seemed to beat the play.

But first base umpire Phil Cuzzi called Werth out, and Riggleman came out to argue.

Riggleman then took his beef down to plate umpire Manny Gonzalez, a minor-league call-up.

"I wanted to see if maybe from his angle he could see it better, maybe the first baseman coming off the base. He's got a good look at that. He refused," Riggleman said.

Said Murphy, "Yeah, I thought I was on the bag." Added Mets manager Terry Collins, "I thought he was out. Timing-wise, I thought he was out."

When Adam LaRoche grounded out with Nix on third to end it, Riggleman, Rodriguez, and Porter kept up the argument as the umpires walked past Washington's dugout on the way to their locker room. Other Nationals also yelled out.

Mets 1, Nationals 0

Washington 000 000 000 – 0 3 0

New York 000 100 00x – 1 7 0

Washington AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Bernadina cf 3   0   0   0   0   1   .273

b-Morse ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .255

Kimball p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

S.Burnett p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Desmond ss 4   0   0   0   0   0   .212

L.Nix lf-cf 3   0   1   0   1   1   .307

Werth rf 3   0   0   0   1   0   .234

Ad.LaRoche 1b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .172

Espinosa 2b 3   0   0   0   0   0   .194

I.Rodriguez c 2   0   0   0   1   1   .231

1-Bixler pr-lf 0   0   0   0   0   0   .143

Cora 3b 3   0   1   0   0   0   .225

L.Hernandez p 2   0   1   0   0   0   .133

a-Stairs ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .091

W.Ramos c 0   0   0   0   0   0   .269

Totals 29   0   3   0   3   3   

New York AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Jos.Reyes ss 3   0   0   0   1   0   .317

Thole c 4   1   1   0   0   1   .221

Beltran rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .277

Bay lf 4   0   3   0   0   0   .238

Dan.Murphy 1b 3   0   0   0   1   0   .233

Turner 3b 3   0   1   1   1   1   .333

Pridie cf 2   0   0   0   1   2   .235

c-Hairston ph-cf 1   0   0   0   0   0   .224

R.Tejada 2b 3   0   2   0   0   0   .500

Gee p 2   0   0   0   0   2   .111

Byrdak p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Fr.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Totals 29   1   7   1   4   7   

a-lined out for L.Hernandez in the 8th. b-grounded into a fielder's choice for Bernadina in the 8th. c-flied out for Pridie in the 8th. 1-ran for I.Rodriguez in the 8th. LOB: Washington 5, New York 9. 2B: L.Nix (6), Bay (4). RBIs: Turner (13). S: Gee. RLSP: Washington 2 (Morse, Ad.LaRoche); New York 5 (R.Tejada 2, Turner, Thole, Hairston). RA: Werth. GIDP: Ad.LaRoche, Jos.Reyes. DP: Washington 1 (Ad.LaRoche, Desmond, Ad.LaRoche); New York 1 (Dan.Murphy, Jos.Reyes, Dan.Murphy).

Washington IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Hernandez (L3-6) 7   7   1   1   2   7   116   3.64

Kimball 2/3   0   0   0   2   0   17   0.00

S.Burnett 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   1   6.06

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Gee (W 3-0) 72/3   2   0   0   3   3   107   3.44

Byrdak (H 2) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   1   5.23

Rodriguez (S 14) 1   1   0   0   0   0   13   0.79

IR-S: S.Burnett 2-0, Byrdak 2-0. IBB: off L.Hernandez (Jos.Reyes). Umpires: Home, Manny Gonzalez; first, Phil Cuzzi; second, Bill Miller; third, James Hoye. T: 2:31. A: 26,835 (41,800).

Pirates 5, Reds 3

CINCINNATI - James McDonald pitched into the seventh inning, and Neil Walker doubled home a pair of runs as Pittsburgh won to complete a two-game sweep of Cincinnati.

The Pirates arrived in town with a six-game losing streak and came away with their first series sweep in Cincinnati since 2003. They did it with pitching - Charlie Morton threw a five-hitter for a 5-0 win in the opener. McDonald (3-3) allowed one run and seven hits in 62/3 innings.

The Pirates finally broke through against Johnny Cueto (2-1), who had won his last seven decisions against them.

Pittsburgh 000 031 010 – 5 9 0

Cincinnati 010 000 011 – 3 9 1

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

A.McCutchen cf 4   1   2   1   1   0   .247

Paul lf-rf 5   1   1   1   0   3   .250

G.Jones rf 3   1   0   0   1   2   .243

D.McCutchen p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

b-Diaz ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .230

Veras p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Beimel p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Hanrahan p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Walker 2b 4   0   2   2   1   0   .285

Overbay 1b 5   0   1   0   0   1   .236

Doumit c 5   1   2   1   0   1   .286

Alvarez 3b 2   1   0   0   2   0   .208

Cedeno ss 3   0   0   0   0   2   .246

Ja.McDonald p 3   0   1   0   0   1   .118

Tabata lf 1   0   0   0   0   0   .226

Totals 36   5   9   5   5   10   

Cincinnati AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Heisey cf 3   1   1   0   1   1   .274

Renteria ss 4   0   0   0   0   1   .237

Votto 1b 3   0   1   1   1   0   .340

B.Phillips 2b 4   0   2   0   0   0   .331

Bruce rf 4   2   3   2   0   1   .256

Cairo 3b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .275

F.Lewis lf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .286

R.Hernandez c 4   0   0   0   0   1   .337

Cueto p 1   0   0   0   0   0   .167

a-J.Gomes ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .182

Jor.Smith p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Arredondo p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Masset p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

c-Stubbs ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .276

Bray p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 33   3   9   3   2   5   

a-struck out for Cueto in the 5th. b-grounded out for D.McCutchen in the 8th. c-grounded out for Masset in the 8th. E: Masset (1). LOB: Pittsburgh 10, Cincinnati 5. 2B: A.McCutchen 2 (9), Walker 2 (10). HR: Doumit (4), off Jor.Smith; Bruce (9), off Ja.McDonald; Bruce (10), off Hanrahan. RBIs: A.McCutchen (24), Paul (3), Walker 2 (24), Doumit (14), Votto (25), Bruce 2 (26). CS: B.Phillips (1). S: Cedeno. RLSP: Pittsburgh 7 (Ja.McDonald 2, Overbay, Paul, Doumit, Diaz 2); Cincinnati 2 (J.Gomes, R.Hernandez). RA: Overbay, Doumit, F.Lewis. DP: Pittsburgh 1 (A.McCutchen, Walker, Overbay).

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

McDonald (W) 62/3   7   1   1   1   4   103   5.51

McCutchen (H 1) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   3   0.52

Veras 2/3   0   1   0   1   1   15   2.95

Beimel 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   5   4.63

Hanrahan (S 12) 1   1   1   1   0   0   13   1.74

Cincinnati IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Cueto (L 2-1) 5   5   3   3   3   5   94   1.45

Jor.Smith 2/3   2   1   1   1   0   20   5.68

Arredondo 11/3   1   0   0   0   2   17   3.38

Masset 1   1   1   0   1   1   21   4.21

Bray 1   0   0   0   0   2   16   1.17

IR-S: D.McCutchen 2-0, Beimel 1-1, Arredondo 2-0. PB–Doumit. Umpires: Home, Scott Barry; first, Sam Holbrook; second, John Hirschbeck; third, Laz Diaz. T: 3:03. A: 26,018 (42,319).

Cardinals 4, Astros 2

ST. LOUIS - First-year starter Kyle McClellan became the National League's first six-game winner as St. Louis beat Houston for a two-game sweep.

Allen Craig homered in a three-hit game as the stand-in cleanup batter for injured Matt Holliday. The Cardinals completed a 4-0 homestand behind stingy pitching that allowed only five runs. They jumped a half-game ahead of the Reds atop the NL Central.

J.A. Happ (3-5) had a season-high eight strikeouts for the Astros, allowing three runs in six innings. Houston has lost five in a row, totaling just 29 hits while getting outscored by 22-10.

Albert Pujols was 0 for 3 with a walk and has gone a career-high 91 at-bats since his last home run. Pujols has been stuck on seven homers since April 23.

After the start was delayed 55 minutes by rain, McClellan (6-1) allowed two runs in eight innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Houston 000 100 010 – 2 6 1

St. Louis 020 001 10x – 4 6 0

Houston AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Bourn cf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .260

Barmes ss 4   1   1   0   0   0   .200

Pence rf 4   0   2   0   0   0   .285

Ca.Lee lf 3   0   1   1   0   0   .245

Wallace 1b 4   0   0   0   0   2   .303

C.Johnson 3b 4   0   0   0   0   3   .206

Hall 2b 3   0   0   0   0   1   .225

Quintero c 3   1   2   0   0   0   .258

Happ p 2   0   0   0   0   1   .400

W.Lopez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

a-Bogusevic ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .313

Fulchino p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 32   2   6   1   0   7   

St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Theriot ss 4   0   1   1   0   0   .303

Jay rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .302

Pujols 1b 3   0   0   0   1   0   .264

Craig lf 4   2   3   1   0   1   .288

Rasmus cf 3   1   1   0   1   1   .304

Laird c 4   0   1   2   0   1   .225

Greene 2b 4   0   0   0   0   2   .217

Descalso 3b 2   1   0   0   1   1   .216

McClellan p 2   0   0   0   0   2   .200

Salas p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Totals 30   4   6   4   3   9   

a-grounded out for W.Lopez in the 8th. E: Hall (2). LOB: Houston 4, St. Louis 6. 2B: Barmes (5), Quintero (6), Rasmus (10), Laird (5). HR: Craig (2), off Happ. RBIs: Ca.Lee (23), Theriot (15), Craig (12), Laird 2 (4). S: McClellan. SF: Ca.Lee. RLSP: Houston 2 (Happ, Ca.Lee); St. Louis 3 (McClellan 2, Greene). RA: Bogusevic, Laird.

Houston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Happ (L 3-5) 6   4   3   3   3   8   119   5.30

W.Lopez 1   1   1   0   0   0   14   3.21

Fulchino 1   1   0   0   0   1   16   3.79

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

McClellan (W 6-1) 8   5   2   2   0   5   90   3.43

Salas (S 5) 1   1   0   0   0   2   18   0.96

IBB: off Happ (Descalso). WP: McClellan 3. Umpires: Home, Todd Tichenor; first, Gerry Davis; second, Wally Bell; third, Greg Gibson.

T: 2:15. A: 36,409 (43,975).

Cubs 5, Marlins 1

MIAMI - Casey Coleman had a career-high seven strikeouts in 52/3 shutout innings as Chicago completed a two-game series sweep of Florida.

Coleman (2-3) walked five but retired five batters with runners in scoring position and lowered his ERA from 7.22 to 6.03. He departed after throwing 109 pitches, and four relievers completed the eight-hitter, with Carlos Marmol pitching a scoreless ninth. Marmol has thrown 222/3 consecutive shutout innings on the road since Aug. 25.

The Cubs have won their past five games in Miami.

Chicago 010 200 002 – 5 9 0

Florida 000 000 010 – 1 8 1

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Fukudome rf 4   1   1   0   1   0   .327

Barney 2b 5   0   0   0   0   0   .322

S.Castro ss 5   0   2   2   0   2   .331

Ar.Ramirez 3b 5   1   1   0   0   1   .287

C.Pena 1b 2   1   1   0   1   1   .237

Byrd cf 4   1   2   2   0   1   .312

Re.Johnson lf 3   0   1   1   0   2   .395

K.Hill c 4   1   1   0   0   1   .243

C.Coleman p 2   0   0   0   0   0   .200

Maine p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

c-DeWitt ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .257

Grabow p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

K.Wood p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

e-Je.Baker ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .342

Marmol p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 36   5   9   5   2   9   

Florida AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Coghlan cf 5   0   0   0   0   3   .238

H.Ramirez ss 5   0   2   0   0   0   .217

Morrison lf 4   0   2   0   1   1   .316

G.Sanchez 1b 4   0   0   0   1   1   .317

Dobbs 3b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .337

Stanton rf 4   1   1   1   0   3   .261

J.Buck c 2   0   2   0   2   0   .233

Infante 2b 3   0   0   0   1   0   .235

Volstad p 1   0   0   0   0   0   .231

a-Cousins ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .167

Sanches p 0   0   0   0   0   0   1.000

b-Helms ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .211

R.Webb p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

d-Bonifacio ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .286

Badenhop p 0   0   0   0   0   0   1.000

Totals 35   1   8   1   5   10   

a-struck out for Volstad in the 5th. b-flied out for Sanches in the 6th. c-flied out for Maine in the 7th. d-struck out for R.Webb in the 8th. e-struck out for K.Wood in the 9th. E: H.Ramirez (8). LOB: Chicago 8, Florida 12. 2B: S.Castro (10), Ar.Ramirez (9), C.Pena (3), Byrd (8), Re.Johnson (5), Dobbs (8). HR: Byrd (3), off Volstad; Stanton (9), off K.Wood. RBIs: S.Castro 2 (20), Byrd 2 (11), Re.Johnson (11), Stanton (21). RLSP: Chicago 6 (C.Coleman, K.Hill 2, Re.Johnson 2, Ar.Ramirez); Florida 7 (Dobbs, Volstad, Infante, G.Sanchez 3, Helms). RA: Ar.Ramirez, Byrd, Infante. GIDP: Barney. DP: Florida 1 (Dobbs, Infante, G.Sanchez).

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Coleman(W2-3) 52/3   4   0   0   5   7   109   6.03

Maine (H 1) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   4   0.00

Grabow (H 4) 1   1   0   0   0   0   8   4.02

K.Wood (H 7) 1   2   1   1   0   1   12   2.65

Marmol 1   1   0   0   0   2   16   1.35

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Volstad (L 2-3) 5   4   3   3   1   5   71   5.73

Sanches 1   1   0   0   1   1   27   1.74

R.Webb 2   1   0   0   0   1   34   2.61

Badenhop 1   3   2   2   0   2   20   4.26

IR-S: Maine 2-0. IBB: off Sanches (C.Pena). HBP: by Sanches (Re.Johnson), by R.Webb (C.Pena). WP: Grabow. PB–J.Buck. Balk–Sanches. Umpires: Home, Paul Emmel; first, Rob Drake; second, Gary Darling; third, David Rackley.

T: 3:06. A: 16,345 (38,560).

D'backs 2, Braves 1

PHOENIX - Josh Collmenter blanked Atlanta for six innings to run his scoreless streak to 21 as Arizona handed Jair Jurrjens his first loss of the season.

Collmenter (3-0) gave up two hits with one strikeout and no walks in his second start. The 25-year-old righthander has allowed two runs in 26 innings, with 15 strikeouts and one walk, since being called up from triple-A Reno, including a franchise-record 12 scoreless innings in a row as a starter.

He and Jurrjens (5-1) were locked in a scoreless fight until Chris Young's solo home run with two outs in the sixth. Juan Miranda, who had three hits, tripled in a run later in the inning. Jurrjens lost for the first time in seven starts as Arizona swept the two-game series from Atlanta.

Atlanta 000 000 001 – 1 5 0

Arizona 000 002 00x – 2 9 1

Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Prado lf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .289

Heyward rf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .214

C.Jones 3b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .271

McCann c 4   1   1   0   0   0   .284

Uggla 2b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .193

Freeman 1b 4   0   3   0   0   1   .241

Ale.Gonzalez ss 3   0   1   0   0   0   .259

McLouth cf 2   0   0   0   0   0   .247

Jurrjens p 2   0   0   0   0   1   .059

Sherrill p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

b-Conrad ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .143

Linebrink p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 32   1   5   0   0   2   

Arizona AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

R.Roberts 3b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .284

K.Johnson 2b 4   0   0   0   0   1   .181

J.Upton rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .256

S.Drew ss 4   0   0   0   0   1   .267

C.Young cf 4   1   1   1   0   2   .219

Montero c 4   1   2   0   0   0   .265

Miranda 1b 4   0   3   1   0   0   .253

G.Parra lf 3   0   1   0   1   0   .266

Collmenter p 1   0   1   0   0   0   .200

a-Burroughs ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Demel p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Paterson p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Vasquez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Putz p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 33   2   9   2   1   5   

a-grounded out for Collmenter in the 6th. b-popped out for Sherrill in the 8th. E: J.Upton (3). LOB: Atlanta 5, Arizona 9. 2B: McCann (6), Freeman (7). 3B: Miranda (2). HR: C.Young (9), off Jurrjens. RBIs: C.Young (24), Miranda (6). S: McLouth. RLSP: Atlanta 3 (Ale.Gonzalez, Prado 2); Arizona 4 (K.Johnson 2, Burroughs, S.Drew). RA: K.Johnson, J.Upton.

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Jurrjens (L 5-1) 62/3   8   2   2   1   3   84   1.80

Sherrill 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   6   1.80

Linebrink 1   1   0   0   0   1   10   6.28

Arizona IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Collmentr (W 3-0) 6   2   0   0   0   1   76   0.69

Demel (H 3) 1   0   0   0   0   0   7   1.80

Paterson (H 2) 2/3   2   0   0   0   0   13   0.00

Vasquez (H 4) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   2   2.81

Putz (S 10) 1   1   1   0   0   1   14   2.12

IR-S: Sherrill 1-0, Vasquez 2-0. IBB: off Jurrjens (G.Parra). HBP: by Jurrjens (Collmenter).

Umpires: Home, Chad Fairchild; first, Joe West; second, Angel Hernandez; third, Angel Campos.

T: 2:19. A: 23,413 (48,633).