NEW YORK — John Buck hit his seventh home run of the season, Dillon Gee earned his first win and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Sunday to take two of three games from the NL East champions.
Coming off a pair of poor starts, Gee (1-3) pitched three-hit ball for 5 2-3 innings and New York finally got a strong effort from its struggling bullpen, which entered with the highest ERA in the majors at 5.47. Buck hit a drive into the second deck at Citi Field and Mike Baxter added a sacrifice fly as New York ran up Jordan Zimmermann’s pitch count in dealing the right-hander his first loss of the year.
Reds 10, Marlins 6
CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillps drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight day, Joey Votto homered and collected three hits, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins for their sixth win in seven games.
Pirates 4, Braves 2
PITTSBURGH — Slumping Clint Barmes had a pair of run-scoring singles for his first two RBIs of the season, including a tiebreaking hit in the sixth inning that led the Pittsburgh Pirates over Atlanta for their third straight win over the Braves.
Barmes began the day with an .093 batting average and was in an 0-for-14 slide.
Brewers 4, Cubs 2
MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the fifth then was ejected three innings later, and the Milwaukee Brewers won their seventh straight, over the Chicago Cubs.
Giants 5, Padres 0
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Zito and Chad Gaudin combined on a six-hitter, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres to complete a three-game sweep.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 4
DENVER — Didi Gregorius hit his second major league home run and singled to start a two-run rally in the ninth inning that led the Arizona Diamondbacks over Colorado and stopped the Rockies’ eight-game winning streak.
Phillies 7, Cardinals 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Erik Kratz hit a three-run home run to break the game open in the eighth inning and lead the Phillies to a win over the Cardinals.
Mike Adams (1-1) tossed a scoreless eighth inning to help the Phillies split the four-game series. The Phillies snapped a 3-3 tie with a four-run eighth that put the game away.