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NL roundup: Howard delivers for Phillies again

07/28/2014, 12:00am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard homered in his second game since a three-game benching and scored the go-ahead run on an overturned call at the plate in the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

With the score 2-2 in the sixth, Howard walked with two outs against Vidal Nuno (0-2). Marlon Byrd popped up to short right field, where second baseman Didi Gregorius backpedaled slowly, settled under the ball, and allowed it to kick off his glove and bounce toward center.

Ender Inciarte picked up the ball and threw to the plate, where catcher Miguel Montero blocked Howard's path. Umpire Dale Scott signaled out, but the call was reversed in a video review.

NATIONALS 4, REDS 2: At Cincinnati, Doug Fister (10-2) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single in the ninth.

Devin Mesoraco's two-run double in the ninth off Rafael Soriano allowed the Reds to avoid their 11th shutout loss. Soriano regrouped to get the final three outs for his 200th save.

The teams went the three-game series without hitting a home run, the first time in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park that three consecutive games have been played without a home run.

METS 2, BREWERS 0: At Milwaukee, Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Jimmy Nelson (1-2).

Rookie Jacob deGrom (5-5) allowed four hits in 6 1/‚Äč3 innings. Jenrry Mejia got his 15th save when Lyle Overbay grounded out with two on.

CARDINALS 1, CUBS 0: At Chicago, Adam Wainwright (13-5) allowed five hits in seven innings, and Matt Holliday homered in the first off rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1).

St. Louis won two of three at the Cubs, who have not won a series at Wrigley Field since taking two of three from Miami from June 6-8. Chicago has lost 15 of 19 overall since July 15, the day they traded All-Star pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Oakland.

BRAVES 8, PADRES 3: At Atlanta, Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs during Atlanta's six-run third inning. Mike Minor (4-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Atlanta roughed up Eric Stults (3-13) for six runs and six hits in six innings.

PIRATES 7, ROCKIES 5: At Denver, Josh Harrison had four hits, including an eighth-inning homer on the first pitch by Rex Brothers (3-5) that broke a 5-5 tie. Gregory Polanco homered four pitches later.

Tony Watson (7-1) gave up a run in two innings of relief to get the win and Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 19th save.

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