2012-05-26 / State/National Sports

Pirates deal Cubs 10th straight loss

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Pirates 1, Cubs 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Burnett and four relievers worked out of trouble all game and the Pittsburgh Pirates sent the Chicago Cubs to their 10th straight loss with a 1-0 victory on Friday night.

Burnett (3-2) gave up six hits, struck out six and walked two over 5 1-3 innings and the National League’s best bullpen made it stand up as the Pirates extended Chicago starter Ryan Dempster’s misery. Joel Hanrahan worked out of a two-on, one out jam in the ninth for his 11th save.

Dempster (0-3) remains winless since last August, surrendering one run and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking one while dropping his ERA to 2.14.

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning off Jason Motte and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Friday night.

The Phillies won their third in a row after surviving a fourth inning in which Pence, the right fielder, and Shane Victorino, the center fielder, lost balls in the lights. The winning runs came too late for Cliff Lee, a 17-game winner last season still seeking his first win of 2012.

Juan Pierre singled to start the 10th against Motte, working his second inning. Pence had been hitless in nine at-bats before lining the St. Louis closer’s first pitch over the right field wall for his team-leading 11th homer.

Mets 6, Padres 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Dillon Gee struck out a career-high nine, won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly a year, and doubled and scored the goahead run Friday night to lead the New York Mets over the San Diego Padres 6-1.

Getting help from a fine catch and throw from left fielder Mike Baxter that led to an inningending double play in the first, Gee (4-3) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. Combined with Sunday’s 6-5 win at Toronto, Gee came away with wins in two straight outings for the first time since he reeled off five in a row from May 13 to June 10 last year.

Marlins 7, Giants 6

MIAMI (AP) — Chris Coghlan snapped out of a season long slump with a tiebreaking three-run homer off Tim Lincecum in the sixth inning Friday night, and the Miami Marlins rallied past the San Francisco Giants 7-6.

Coghlan, who has shuttled between the Marlins and the minors since winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2009, was batting .104 when he hit his first home run since last June 11.

Nationals 7, Braves 4

ATLANTA (AP) — Rick Ankiel hit a two-run triple in Washington’s four-run first inning, Ryan Zimmerman padded the lead with a three-run double in the seventh and the first-place Nationals beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday night.

Rockies 6, Reds 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Todd Helton homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory that ended the Cincinnati Reds’ longest winning streak of the season at six games.

Helton had a two-run homer — his first since April 29 — and a run-scoring single off Johnny Cueto (5-2), who gave up a career-high 11 hits in only 4 2-3 innings.

Rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich (2-1) went five innings against an offense that had been on a home run tear — 10 in the last four games. Joey Votto had four hits for the Reds, including a pair of doubles.

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