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Dominant Cubs beat Phillies 6-1

FAINT:Halladay left early because of the heat, ending his string of 63 road starts in which he lasted at least six innings, the longest such streak in almost a century

AP, CHICAGO

The Baltimore Orioles’ Felix Pie, bottom, reaches to keep Adam Jones from falling over the fence after Jones tried to catch a home run hit by Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Boston Red Sox during their game in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday.

Photo: Reuters

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena homered to back a dominant start by Rodrigo Lopez as Chicago beat Philadelphia 6-1 on Monday night after Phillies ace Roy Halladay left the game because of the heat.

Halladay doubled over and was visited by a trainer after Starlin Castro led off the fifth inning with a single. Drew Carpenter came in to replace him.

Halladay was drenched in sweat on a humid night in which the game-time temperature was 33oC. The heat clearly affected him.

He gave up three runs and seven hits and took his first loss since May 15.

This was Halladay’s shortest outing since he pitched three innings for Toronto against Florida on June 12, 2009.

The early exit ended Halladay’s string of 63 road starts in which he lasted at least six innings. It was the longest such streak since Walter Johnson went 82 straight road starts from 1911 to 1915.

Ramirez gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first with his 17th homer. Chicago added two runs in the third on Ramirez’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Pena’s RBI single.

Lopez gave up a leadoff homer to Jimmy Rollins in the fourth. He allowed five hits in 6-2/3 innings.

PIRATES 2, REDS 0

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Charlie Morton pitched five innings to help Pittsburgh move into first place in the NL Central.

Pittsburgh kicked off an important two-week stretch by shutting down the Reds after Morton (8-5) extricated himself from a bases-loaded jam in the first inning following a lengthy rain delay to win for the first time since June 15.

The right-hander gave up three hits, striking out three and walking two. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his 27th save as -Pittsburgh moved a half-game ahead of Milwaukee in the division.

Dontrelle Willis (0-1) pitched well in his second start since being called up from Triple-A. The former All-Star surrendered two runs in 4-2/3 innings, striking out five and walking just one.

Chase d’Arnaud and Neil Walker led off the fourth with singles. Andrew McCutchen brought d’Arnaud home on an RBI groundout and Walker scored on Matt Diaz’s sacrifice fly.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, BREWERS 0

In Phoenix, Arizona, Josh Collmenter of the Diamondbacks pitched eight innings of three-hit ball for his first win in six weeks.

The right-hander retired 21 of his last 22 batters in the longest outing of his rookie season. Yuniesky Betancourt reached on a bunt single leading off the sixth for Milwaukee’s only hit during the stretch.

Collmenter (5-5) struck out a career-best seven and walked none while running his scoreless streak to 14 innings, all against the Brewers over his last two starts. Ryan Roberts homered for the second straight day and David Hernandez finished for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Randy Wolf (6-7) pitched 7-1/3 innings for Milwaukee and was charged with three runs, two earned and eight hits. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA in his last four starts, including two losses against the Diamondbacks.

Chris Young singled, doubled and scored twice in Arizona’s third straight victory.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Nationals 5, Astros 2

‧ Marlins 4, Mets 1

‧ Braves 7, Rockies 4

‧ Giants 5, Dodgers 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Dustin Pedroia doubled in two runs to spark an eight-run eighth inning and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Josh Reddick hit home runs as Boston routed Baltimore 15-10 on Monday night.

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