ATLANTA - Andruw Jones snapped an 0-for-21 slump with two hits, including an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres, 3-2, last night.
Jones doubled in the sixth to drive in Atlanta's first run.
San Diego reliever Heath Bell (0-1) couldn't hold a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. Edgar Renteria's triple to right-center drove in Kelly Johnson from first to tie the game. Bell issued an intentional walk to Chipper Jones, and Andruw Jones - who began the night hitting .220 - followed with a single to center to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead.
Mike Gonzalez (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his third save. One night before a pitching showdown between San Diego's Greg Maddux and Atlanta's John Smoltz, who have a combined 532 wins, San Diego's Justin Germano and Atlanta's Anthony Lerew pitched like stars.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 5
MIAMI - Miguel Cabrera singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, and Florida beat Los Angeles in a smoky haze.
Pungent smoke from brush fires in southwest Florida rolled into the area shortly before the first pitch and hung over the crowd of 11,124.
Rookie pinch-hitter Eric Reed led off the ninth with a single, hiking his lifetime average to .109 in 55 at-bats. He took second on a passed ball by Russell Martin.
Brewers 6, Nationals 4
MILWAUKEE - Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer, J.J. Hardy homered and extended his hitting streak to 19 games, and red-hot Milwaukee beat Washington.
The Brewers, winners of five straight, are 8-1 on their 10-game homestand that ends Wednesday. The Nationals have lost seven in a row.
Astros 7, Reds 6
CINCINNATI - Lance Berkman's second home run in two nights overshadowed the 568th of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career and lifted Houston to a win over Cincinnati.
Trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Berkman lofted an 0-1 pitch from rookie Brad Salmon (0-1) into the seats in left field with Craig Biggio on first base.
Berkman's homer was his 14th at Great American Ball Park, the most by any opponent. Berkman has 37 career homers and 106 RBIs against Cincinnati, his highest totals against any team.
Brad Lidge (2-0) got the win, striking out Ryan Freel - the only batter he faced - to end the sixth.
Cardinals 4, Rockies 1
ST. LOUIS - Pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio and Adam Kennedy drove in two runs each in a four-run seventh inning, giving the punchless St. Louis its best offensive output in 10 games in a victory over Colorado.
Brad Thompson worked five strong innings in his second major-league start. He stepped in for the injured Chris Carpenter, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow earlier yesterday. The team's ace is expected to be out for at least three months.