PHILADELPHIA — John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz each homered to lead Philadelphia past the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Monday night, giving the Phillies and interim manager Ryne Sandberg two straight wins for the first time since the All-Star break.
Ethan Martin (2-2) tossed two-hit ball and struck out six over 6 1-3 innings for the win.
Mayberry hit a three-run shot in the fourth to help the Phillies win again under their new manager. Sandberg took over Friday when Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in club history, was fired.
Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his first 21st save, and first since July 11.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot for the Rockies. Jeff Manship (0-3) allowed five runs in five innings.
With the underachieving Phillies well out of the playoff picture, Sandberg shook up his lineup and batted Ruiz second. Ruiz responded with just his third homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth that made it 5-0. He hit second just one other time over his eight-year career.
Sandberg also called out Jimmy Rollins before the game and said he would consider dropping the slumping shortstop from his usual leadoff spot. Sandberg wants Rollins to adjust his approach, to focus more on using his speed and contact skills to try for more groundballs and liners instead of swinging for the fences.
Cubs 11, Nationals 1
CHICAGO — Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, powering Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs to a victory over Washington.
Donnie Murphy added a pair of solo homers and Dioner Navarro had a three-run shot for the Cubs, who managed just 12 runs total in their previous eight home games. Junior Lake doubled twice and scored two runs.
It was more than enough for Samardzija (7-11), who pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game of the season and No. 3 for his career. He struck out five and walked none in his first victory in a month.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 2
MIAMI — Jose Fernandez bested Yasiel Puig and beat the Dodgers.
Fernandez allowed only one earned run in six innings for Miami, giving Los Angeles consecutive losses for the first time since June 20-21. Puig went 0 for 3 against Fernandez in the first matchup between the Cubans.
Logan Morrison doubled home a run in the seventh to put Miami ahead to stay. Giancarlo Stanton added his 15th homer in the eighth, when Miami scored three times against a bullpen that has been the best in the majors over the past month.
Reds 5, Diamondbacks 3
CINCINNATI — Ryan Ludwick drove in his first run of the season with a double, and the Cincinnati Reds kept up their August surge, beating Arizona for their seventh win in nine games.
Bronson Arroyo (12-9) won his third straight start, allowing three runs in six innings. Aaron Hill hit a solo homer, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
Mets 6, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the New York Mets in a victory over the Minnesota Twins in a makeup game from April 14.
Gee (9-8) turned in yet another quality start, and the offense for the Mets was about as balanced as could be with RBI singles by Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla. All five of them had two hits, as did Marlon Byrd, who hit his 20th home run.
Rays 4, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE — Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce homered, David Price grinded through five challenging innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles in a duel between AL contenders.
Joyce hit a two-run drive in the fourth to break a tie and push the Rays toward their fifth win in six games. Tampa Bay moved within a half-game of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East, pending Boston’s late game in San Francisco.
Price (7-5) gave up 10 hits and two walks but was effective when it counted. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed only two runs, as Baltimore went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 against the left-hander.