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Philadelphia's Chase Utley (right) beats the throw to Miami's Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the plate on a Marlon Byrd single on Friday.
Philadelphia's Chase Utley (right) beats the throw to Miami's Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the plate on a Marlon Byrd single on Friday.
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PHILADELPHIA — Marlon Byrd drove in two runs and the Philadelphia Phillies knocked around Jose Fernandez in one of his worst major league starts, beating the Miami Marlins 6-3 Friday night to snap a four-game skid.


Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left in the fourth inning because of a sore groin, but Philadelphia chased Fernandez (2-1) with three runs in the fifth en route to its first home win of the season.


Fernandez, last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, was tagged for eight hits and a career-worst six earned runs in four-plus innings. The right-hander walked four, matching a career high, and struck out six. He gave up only one run over 18 innings in three appearances against Philadelphia last season.


Brewers 4, Pirates 2


MILWAUKEE — Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer that backed Wily Peralta, and Milwaukee extended its winning streak to seven with a victory over Pittsburgh.


Francisco Liriano befuddled the Brewers with his slider over the first three innings before Ramirez sent a 1-2 fastball over the left-field wall for a 2-0 lead.


At 8-2 on the year, the Brewers are off to their best start since opening with 13 wins in 1987. Peralta (1-0) allowed four hits in seven innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Neil Walker in the seventh.


Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.


Rays 2, Reds 1


CINCINNATI — David Price took a shutout into the ninth and Matt Joyce homered, helping Tampa Bay beat slumping Cincinnait for its first victory in the Queen City.


The teams have a brief and lopsided interleague history. The Reds had won eight of their nine previous games, with Tampa Bay’s only win coming at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2011, on Evan Longoria’s game-ending homer.


Longoria singled home a run in the first inning on Friday, and Joyce added his homer to deep right field off Johnny Cueto (0-2) as the Rays finally got a victory in their second visit to Great American Ball Park. They also visited in 2005 and got swept while giving up 34 runs in three games.


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