Carlos Zambrano pitched eight solid innings as the Chicago Cubs scored all of their runs from homers by Geovany Soto, Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Andre Ethier’s 29-game hitting was put on hold when the Dodgers scratched their right fielder because of an inflamed left elbow.
Dodgers shortstop Juan Uribe left in the sixth inning with a bruised left hand, two innings after being hit by Zambrano.
Zambrano (4-1) allowed a run and five hits, struck out four and walked one.
REDS 3, ASTROS 2
In Cincinnati, Jay Bruce’s double completed Cincinnati’s three-run rally off closer Brandon Lyon in the ninth inning.
Lyon (3-2) came on to try to finish off a one-hitter, but failed to retire any of the five batters he faced while blowing a save for the fourth time in eight chances.
Singles by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips tied it. Bruce then pulled his double down the line.
BRAVES 8, BREWERS 3, GAME1
BRAVES 8, BREWERS 0,GAME2
In Atlanta, Tim Hudson pitched a one-hitter and Nate McLouth homered to highlight a big day as Atlanta ruined the Milwaukee debut of Zack Greinke to complete a doubleheader sweep.
Tommy Hanson pitched six strong innings in the opener and Martin Prado drove in three runs.
Hudson (4-2) retired his first nine hitters before Rickie Weeks led off the fourth with a double. He was the only Brewer to reach base, also drawing a two-out walk in the ninth.
He posted his 12th career shutout and first complete-game win since May 2, 2008.
McLouth reached in all eight plate appearances over the two games, going 5-for-5 with three walks.
Greinke (0-1) struck out six and got little help from his defense.
The Braves stretched their winning streak to four, moving two games above .500 (17-15) for the first time since April 4. Milwaukee has lost a season-high five straight.
PHILLIES 7, NATIONALS 4
In Philadelphia, Vance Worley threw six sharp innings, and Raul Ibanez homered and had three hits as Philadelphia downed Washington.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Pirates 7, Padres 4
‧ Giants 2, Mets 0
‧ Marlins 8, Cardinals 7
‧ Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4
AP, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Max Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings and Magglio Ordonez homered for the first time this season to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
Ordonez has been in a horrendous slump to start the year, but he had two hits on Wednesday, including a two-run homer in the third that gave the Tigers a four-run lead. Detroit have won their last two since a seven-game losing streak.
Scherzer (5-0) allowed four hits and two walks. He struck out nine. He allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter in the first, then retired 10 straight hitters, striking out four in a row at one point.
TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 2
At Chicago, Nick Blackburn earned his first win in a month and Jason Kubel had two RBIs as Minnesota swept the two-game series against Chicago.
Minnesota won the opener on Tuesday night 1-0 when Francisco Liriano held the White Sox hitless. Last-place Chicago have lost 17 of their last 21 games.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ Blue Jays 3, Rays 2
‧ Orioles 3, Royals 2
‧ Athletics 3, Indians 1
‧ Rangers 5, Mariners 2
‧ Angels 5, Red Sox 3 (13)