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Roundup: Saunders throws 3-hitter; Cards, Rockies rout
Updated 4/28/2012 1:23 AM ET
MIAMI (AP) — Joe Saunders pitched a three-hitter, Jason Kubel tied a career best with four hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Miami to its sixth straight loss with a 5-0 victory over the Marlins on Friday night.

Kubel extended his hitting streak to 10 games, his average over that stretch going from .200 to .333. Miguel Montero drove in three runs and Aaron Hill homered for Arizona.

Saunders (2-1) struck out four and walked two, getting the third shutout of his career and dropping his ERA from 1.29 to 0.90. Emilio Bonifacio narrowly beat out an infield single with two out in the ninth before Saunders struck out Donnie Murphy to end it.

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Miami starter Carlos Zambrano (0-2) pitched six innings, giving up three runs and 10 hits.

On a day where Miami team president David Samson ran the equivalent of two marathons — 52.4 miles — the Marlins failed to get a runner past first base. The Marlins have scored six runs during their losing streak.

Rockies 18, Mets 9

DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez was at the center of an 11-run fifth inning, hitting a homer and single to drive in five of his six RBIs, and the Colorado Rockies outslugged the New York Mets 18-9 on Friday night.

Ramon Hernandez hit his sixth career grand slam — and first for the Rockies this season — and Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler also homered for Colorado, which scored a season high.

The Mets had some firepower of their own as Scott Hairston became the 10th player in team history to hit for the cycle while driving in four runs, but it wasn't enough on a night when pitching was an afterthought and the ball was flying all over in the Mile High city's thin air.

The Rockies sent 14 batters to the plate against three Mets pitchers in the fifth in their biggest outburst since scoring a team-record 12 runs in the eighth inning on July 30, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs.

Cardinals 13, Brewers 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Westbrook gave up one run over seven innings and St. Louis exploded for eight runs in the third inning in a 13-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

St. Louis, which set a season high both for runs in an inning and in a game, won for the eighth time in its last 12.

Westbrook (3-1) gave up seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. He has allowed two earned runs or less in all four of his starts this season.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (1-2) allowed eight earned runs in two innings.

Padres 5, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nick Hundley matched his career high with four hits and drove in a run to help the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 Friday night.

Chase Headley, Orlando Hudson and Cameron Maybin also drove in runs for the Padres, who won their second straight and fourth in six games.

Cory Luebke (3-1) pitched six strong innings to win his third consecutive start. He gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out three. Four of the Padres' seven victories have come in his last four starts.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Eric Hacker (0-1) took the loss in his first major-league start, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings.

Cubs 5, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Paul Maholm pitched 6 1-3 solid innings, Starlin Castro had two hits and an RBI, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Friday night.

Maholm (2-2) allowed a run on five hits with a strikeout and no walks, dropping his ERA from 8.36 to 6.20, and Tony Campana had two hits and scored twice for the Cubs.

Ty Wigginton homered for Philadelphia, which has scored two runs or less in 11 of 20 games.

Roy Halladay (3-2) was unhittable at the start, retiring 10 straight batters with four strikeouts, but surrendered three runs on six hits in a three-inning stretch to fall to 1-5 lifetime against Chicago. He allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Rafael Dolis pitched two scoreless innings for his first major-league save.

Braves 6, Pirates 1

ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy Hanson allowed one run in six innings, Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones came through in a four-run seventh, and the streaking Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Friday night.

The Braves won for the 13th time in 16 games after an 0-4 start — their worst since 1988.

Hanson (3-2) worked around six hits and three walks, his only blemish an RBI single by Garrett Jones in the fourth. Kris Medlen worked the final three innings, earning his first career save. Uggla and Jones drove in two runs apiece in the seventh to break open a 2-1 game.

A.J. Burnett (1-1) went six innings for the Pirates, pitching well but not enough to prevent his eighth loss in nine career decisions at Turner Field.

Astros 6, Reds 4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Altuve drove in two runs with a triple and a double, leading Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros past the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Friday night.

Jed Lowrie also had two hits for the Astros, who have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak April 7-9. Houston hit .316 during three games in Milwaukee this week and had 14 hits in a 7-5 win in the series finale Wednesday.

Rodriguez (2-2) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six. The left-hander allowed only one earned run over 14 innings in his previous two starts.

Astros first baseman Carlos Lee left in the first inning because of a sprained left ankle.

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Posted 4/27/2012 11:08 PM ET
Updated 4/28/2012 1:23 AM ET
Joe Saunders pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout of the Marlins Friday night, to drop his season ERA to below 1.00.
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Joe Saunders pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout of the Marlins Friday night, to drop his season ERA to below 1.00.

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