Braves survive Marlins rally


Published: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

MIAMI - Tim Hudson pitched seven sharp innings, Edgar Renteria hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth and the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 6-5 on Saturday night.

Renteria's double off reliever Armando Benitez (2-4) drove in Willie Harris, breaking a 1-1 tie and sending the Braves to their fifth straight win. Atlanta had not won five straight since May 8-12.

Hudson (8-5) gave up one run and seven hits, striking out six to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 10 and 15. He gave up one run in seven innings in Atlanta's 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday, which snapped a five-game skid and started the Braves on their current winning streak.

The Atlanta bullpen nearly spoiled it. Reliever Rafael Soriano pitched the eighth and allowed Dan Uggla's solo home run, and Joe Borchard's double started a ninth-inning rally off Bob Wickman. Josh Willingham followed with an RBI double, and after Alfredo Amezaga flied out, Miguel Olivo's two-run homer to left made it 6-5.

But Tyler Yates came on and retired Hanley Ramirez and Uggla for his first save.

METS 8, PHILLIES 3: Carlos Beltran homered twice for the second straight game, leading visiting New York to a victory over free-falling Philadelphia.

Paul Lo Duca and David Wright also connected, and Jorge Sosa (7-3) pitched five effective innings before he left after straining his left hamstring running to first in the sixth. Pedro Feliciano recorded the final six outs for his first save.

REDS 5, CARDINALS 1: Kyle Lohse (4-10) rebounded from the worst outing of his career with one of his best of the season, pitching into the eighth inning and hitting a sacrifice fly while leading host Cincinnati.

Adam Wainwright (6-7) took the loss for St. Louis.

ROCKIES 5, ASTROS 0: Jeff Francis allowed three hits in seven innings and visiting Colorado beat its former ace Jason Jennings (1-3) to end an eight-game skid.

Garrett Atkins drove in two runs, Matt Holliday had an RBI double and the Rockies won for just the fourth time in 13 games.

PIRATES 7, NATIONALS 2: Tom Gorzelanny (8-4) improved his chances of being Pittsburgh's All-Star representative, limiting visiting Washington to two runs over 7 innings, and Adam LaRoche drove in three runs in the victory.

LaRoche had a two-run double and Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez each had two-run singles in a six-run second inning against Jason Bergmann (1-5), giving Pittsburgh a 6-1 lead.

BREWERS 13, CUBS 4: Visiting Milwaukee bounced back from a tough defeat, scoring nine runs in the first three innings to make it easy for Ben Sheets (10-3), who had a season-high 11 strikeouts in winning his sixth straight decision.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Milwaukee.

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