Kyle Lohse beat the Miami Marlins with seven innings of three-hit ball in 106-degree heat and Tony Cruz hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-2 victory on Saturday.Allen Craig had three hits and Skip Schumaker added an RBI single in the fourth for the Cardinals, who have won five of seven and snapped the Marlins' three-game winning streak.
David Freese was hit by a pitch twice, walked and singled to reach base safely in all four trips.
Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run home run for the Marlins, who missed a chance to climb back to .500. Carlos Zambrano (4-7) lasted just five innings and Giancarlo Stanton lasted just two before leaving with right knee soreness, the injury that had kept him out four straight starts.
Astros 6, Brewers 3
HOUSTON — Scott Moore homered for the second straight day and J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve had three hits each as the Houston Astros took advantage of the first-inning ejection of Zack Greinke to get a 6-3 win over Milwaukee and break a season-long nine-game losing streak on Saturday.
Greinke (9-3) entered the game looking for his 10th win; instead he was gone after four pitches — ejected after spiking the ball following a close play at first base.
Manager Ron Roenicke was also tossed for arguing the call and the Brewers were forced to piece together the game with six relievers.
The Astros were up 1-0 after the first inning and jumped on Livan Hernandez, who took over for Greinke, for three runs in the third.
Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (7-6) yielded four hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 5? innings. Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.
Mets 3, Cubs 1
NEW YORK — Ike Davis homered, Jordany Valdespin hit one out for the second day in a row and Dillon Gee pitched one-run ball for eight innings to help the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Saturday.
Gee (6-7) gave up seven hits without a walk and struck out four to keep up a run of strong starts by Mets pitchers. They've gone at least six innings in 19 of the past 21 games, and have an ERA of 3.16.
Bobby Parnell allowed a leadoff double to Anthony Rizzo, but retired the final three batters for his second save, striking out Steve Clevenger on a 101 mph fastball to end it.
Jeff Samardzija had another strong outing for the Cubs after a bad month. On Saturday, Samardzija (6-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings for his second straight quality start.
Nationals 4, Rockies 1
WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings of three-hit ball to earn his 12th win, Ian Desmond homered, and the Washington Nationals used a three-run sixth to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Saturday.
Gonzalez (12-3) won his fourth straight start to move into a tie with R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets for the major league lead in wins. Gonzalez allowed one run, walked three and struck out six.
It was the fifth victory in six games for the Nationals, who own the best record in the NL.
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