AP, Atlanta, Georgia
Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance, allowing two hits over eight innings, as Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth to see the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday.
The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival and nine straight dating to last season.
Zimmermann (5-1) made sure that streak ended with another dominating performance, snapping a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Nationals under .500.
Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (3-3) nearly matched Zimmermann. He allowed only three hits in eight innings, retiring the last 13 batters.
However, Desmond provided all the runs that Washington needed, homering to left-center on a 1-1 pitch in the fourth after Bryce Harper led off with a walk.
PIRATES 6, BREWERS 4
In Milwaukee, Starling Marte hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge had a go-ahead RBI single to rally Pittsburgh to a victory over Milwaukee, snapping the Pirates’ nine-game losing streak against the Brewers.
Pedro Alvarez added a run-scoring single to cap a four-run eighth as Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in their last 15 games.
Bryan Morris (1-1) got the last two outs of the seventh for his first career victory. Mark Melancon pitched the eighth and Jason Grilli the ninth for his 11th save.
John Axford (0-3) gave up all four runs while getting just two outs in the eighth for the Brewers.
CUBS 6, PADRES 2
In Chicago, Illinois, Scott Feldman retired 18 straight on his way to his first career complete game and the Cubs took advantage of former No. 1 pick Andrew Cashner’s wildness in a 6-2 win over the Padres.
Feldman (2-3) earned his second straight win, allowing two runs and three hits while walking one. After Chase Headley singled with two outs in the first, Feldman retired the next 18 batters he faced.
Feldman had 12 strikeouts to set a new career high. He also had an RBI double in the second to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Starlin Castro was 2 for 4 with two runs scored for the Cubs.
GIANTS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 6
In Phoenix, Arizona, Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied against Arizona’s bullpen for the third straight game, beating the Diamondbacks to complete a three-game sweep.
Belt finished off the series of comebacks with his homer off David Hernandez (1-2), giving San Francisco their first road sweep over the Diamondbacks since 2010.
Angel Pagan led off the game with a homer, Hunter Pence added a 460-foot solo shot and George Kontos (2-1) pitched 1-2/3 innings after starter Tim Lincecum struggled.
Chad Pennington homered and matched a career-high with four RBIs for the Diamondbacks.
In other NL play it was:
‧ Rockies 7, Dodgers 3
‧ Mets 7, Marlins 6
‧ Cardinals 4, Reds 2
In Wednesday’s only interleague game it was:
‧ Indians 6, Phillies 0