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Utley powers Phillies past Mets

MAJOR LEAGUES While Philadelphia beat New York on their own turf, Cleveland improved their home record to 20-6 with a 1-0 win over Kansas City

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A fan falls over the wall as he attempts to reach a foul ball during the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday. The Rangers won 7-4.

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Chase Utley hit a leadoff homer in the 11th inning, the last of his three RBIs, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Tuesday.

Utley's shot off Pedro Feliciano (1-1) was the first home run the left-hander has allowed this season. The normally reliable reliever was charged with another run, too, increasing his ERA from 0.90 to 1.80 in 24 appearances.

Ryan Howard had three hits and Utley added a two-run single for the Phillies, who were coming off a 2-5 homestand. Philadelphia began the day leading the National League in runs (289), but ranked last in ERA (4.79).

Paul Lo Duca had a two-run single for New York, the NL East leaders.

Geoff Geary (1-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win and Antonio Alfonseca got three outs for his second save.

After Utley's homer, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs and added an insurance run on Abraham Nunez's RBI single off Joe Smith.

Braves 3, Marlins 1, first game Marlins 5, Braves 1, second game

At Atlanta, Rick Vanden Hurk marked his return from the minor leagues by taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Florida beat Atlanta for a split of the doubleheader.

The Braves won the opener with Buddy Carlyle winning his first game since 1999 by allowing one hit over seven innings. Despite his impressive performance, the journeyman was optioned back to minor league Triple-A Richmond right after the game.

irates 7, Nationals 6

At Washington, Xavier Nady hit a double and a sacrifice fly, both with the bases loaded, and Shawn Chacon got his first win as a starter this season as Pittsburgh edged Washington.

Nady had a three-run double in a five-run third inning, then got his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Nady is 4-for-6 with nine RBIs with the bases loaded this season.

Brewers 7, Cubs 5

At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Tony Graffanino hit solo home runs and Claudio Vargas won for the first time in a month as Milwaukee handed Chicago its first loss in three games since manager Lou Piniella was suspended.

Piniella was suspended by the league for four games for arguing with umpire Mark Wegner on Saturday.

Astros 4, Rockies 1

At Denver, Lance Berkman drove in two runs and Wandy Rodriguez pitched five strong innings to lead Houston past Colorado.

The Astros had one other hit when Berkman hit a two-run double in the sixth. He was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a called third strike.

Cardinals 4, Reds 3

At St. Louis, pinch-hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit for St. Louis.

The Cardinals won for the fifth time in six games without catcher Gary Bennett, who left in the second inning with the described as a contusion to the back of the skull after he was hit by a pitch.

D-backs 4, Giants 3, 10 innings

At Phoenix, Chris Young homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Arizona past San Francisco for its 10th win in 11 games.

Young, who was 0-for-4 with a strikeout before his final at-bat, connected for his seventh homer of the year and first since May 11 against Kevin Correia (1-3).

The D-backs rallied against a San Francisco lineup missing Barry Bonds after Tony Pena allowed Ray Durham's tying double in the bottom of the eighth.

Padres 1, Dodgers 0

At San Diego, Marcus Giles singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for San Diego and Trevor Hoffman moved within one save of becoming the first major leaguer with 500.

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