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Zimmerman strong as Nats finally beat Braves


May 01. 2013 11:57PM
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ATLANTA — Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 Wednesday night.


The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival, and nine straight dating to last season.


Zimmermann (5-1) made sure that streak ended with another dominating performance, snapping a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Nationals under .500.


Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (3-3) nearly matched Zimmermann. He allowed only three hits in eight innings, retiring the last 13 batters he faced.


Cardinals 4, Reds 2


ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn won his 10th straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.


Lynn (5-0) struck out five and walked two, improving to 10-0 in 10 starts and one relief appearance since losing to Milwaukee on Sept. 7.


Pirates 6, Brewers 4


MILWAUKEE — Starling Marte hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge had a go-ahead RBI single to rally Pittsburgh over Milwaukee, snapping the Pirates’ nine-game losing streak against the Brewers.


Pedro Alvarez added a run-scoring single to cap a four-run eighth as Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in its last 15 games and ended Milwaukee’s eight-game home winning streak.


Mets 7, Marlins 6


MIAMI — Jordany Valdespin hit a three-run, pinch-homer, and the New York Mets rallied Wednesday to break a six-game losing streak and avert a series sweep, beating the Miami Marlins 7-6.


The Mets’ dormant offense finally came alive after they fell behind 4-1. Valdespin put New York ahead to stay in the sixth inning with his second homer, and NL RBIs leader John Buck added a two-run double in the seventh.


Buck and David Wright each had three of New York’s 13 hits. Wright hit his third homer for the Mets, who totaled only 11 runs during their losing streak.


Cubs 6, Padres 2


CHICAGO — Scott Feldman retired 18 straight on his way to his first career complete game and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of former No. 1 pick Andrew Cashner’s wildness in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.


Feldman (2-3) earned his second straight win, allowing two runs and three hits while walking one. After Chase Headley singled with two outs in the first, Feldman retired the next 18 batters.


Feldman had 12 strikeouts to set a new career high. He also had an RBI double in the second to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.




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