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Marlins rookie hits historic grand slam

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Marlins' Jeremy Hermida on Wednesday became the first player in more than a century to hit a grand slam in his first major-league at-bat

AP , MIAMI

The Florida Marlins' Jeremy Hermida, 27, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a pinch-hit grand slam home run in his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Miami.

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Florida's Jeremy Hermida became the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major-league at-bat and the first to do it as a pinch-hitter, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis' Al Reyes in a 10-5 loss on Wednesday.

The only other player with a grand slam in first at-bat was pitcher William "Frosty Bill" Duggleby, who did it for Philadelphia at home against the New York Giants in the second inning on April 21, 1898, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The 21-year-old Hermida, an outfielder whose contract was purchased from Double-A Carolina earlier in the day, became the third player to hit a slam in his first game, joining Duggleby and San Francisco's Bobby Bonds.

Hermida batted for pitcher Brian Moehler with Florida trailing 10-0 and connected on the third pitch he saw in the big leagues.

St. Louis' Albert Pujols had a season-high three extra-base hits, scored twice and reached the 100-RBI mark for the fifth consecutive season. Hector Luna and David Eckstein homered for the Cardinals.

Jeff Suppan (13-10) threw five scoreless innings, leaving after a 35-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth. Juan Encarnacion homered for the Marlins, who dropped a game behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race. Jason Vargas (5-2) was the loser.

Dodgers 7, Cubs 0

At Chicago, Derek Lowe pitched a one-hitter for his second shutout and complete game of the season for Los Angeles.

Lowe (9-13) gave up an infield single leading off the first to Jerry Hairston Jr., who beat a bouncer to third without a throw from Mike Edwards. Lowe faced just 29 batters, allowing his only other runners on walks to Michael Barrett in the third and Jeromy Burnitz in the seventh.

Lowe struck out seven to win for the first time in five starts since Aug. 5. Jose Cruz Jr. went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Olmedo Saenz added a two-run homer and Jayson Werth hit a two-run single for the Dodgers, who won for the fourth time in five games. Glendon Rusch (5-8) lost his sixth straight decision.

Braves 5, Nationals 3, 1st game, Nationals 4, Braves 3, 2nd game

At Atlanta, Brad Wilkerson scored on a wild throw in the ninth to help Washington spilt a doubleheader.

In the opener, Andruw Jones homered and drove in all five runs to lead the Braves.

Atlanta rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the nightcap, tying it in the eighth. But Wilkerson led off the ninth with a single off Chris Reitsma (3-5), moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, then took off for third on a steal.

When the throw by catcher Brian McCann sailed into left field, Wilkerson sped home with the go-ahead run. Chad Cordero worked the ninth for his 43rd save, tying John Wetteland's 1993 franchise record with Montreal. Mike Stanton (1-1) was the winner.

Jones hit his major league-leading 43rd homer in the first game and finished one short of his career high for RBIs. He drove in six runs in a 1999 game at Colorado.

Jones hit a three-run homer in the first and knocked out Esteban Loaiza (9-10) with a two-run single in the fifth, giving the Atlanta player an National League-leading 108 RBIs.

Marlon Byrd had three hits, including a homer, for the Nationals.

Horacio Ramirez (11-8) was the winner, and Kyle Farnsworth picked up his second save with the Braves and eighth overall.

Phillies 8, Mets 2

At New York, Chase Utley hit two of Philadelphia's four homers off Pedro Martinez, and Brett Myers pitched seven strong innings to help keep the Phillies on top in the NL wild-card race.

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