The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Carlos Zambrano dominated again, allowing two hits over eight innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Thursday to avoid being swept for the first time this season.
The Cubs capitalized on Hideo Nomo's lack of control by turning three consecutive walks and four hits into six runs in the second inning.
Zambrano (4-1) has given up just one unearned run in his last 24 innings. He pitched a two-hitter against Colorado last Friday.
Mets 7, Diamondbacks 4
PHOENIX - New York's Vance Wilson hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot off Brandon Webb. Danny Garcia added his second homer of the year and Cliff Floyd had an RBI single in his return from the disabled list to help the Mets split the four-game series.
Braves 6, Cardinals 5
ST. LOUIS - J.D. Drew homered against his former team for the second day in a row, and Chipper Jones had three hits, helping Atlanta avoid a three-game sweep. Marcus Giles, Johnny Estrada and starter John Thomson each drove in a run for the Braves, who won for only the second time in eight games.
Brewers 7, Expos 4
MILWAUKEE - Doug Davis threw eight strong innings, and Milwaukee posted its third consecutive come-from-behind win over Montreal. Lyle Overbay extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with his major league-leading 19th double as the Brewers swept the Expos for the first time since joining the National League in 1998.
Phillies 4, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO - Jason Michaels homered for the first time this season, and Vicente Padilla pitched six-plus effective innings. Ryan Madson worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Phillies took two of three from the defending NL West champions.
Rockies 7, Pirates 5, 1st game
Pirates 11, Rockies 2, 2nd game
DENVER - Oliver Perez pitched his second complete game of the year, and Pittsburgh had a season-high 21 hits, sending the Pirates to a win in the second game of the doubleheader.
Shawn Estes pitched the Rockies to a win in the opener of the first traditional doubleheader at Coors Field - there have been 15 day-night twinbills in which fans had to buy separate tickets for each game.
Marlins 3, Astros 2
HOUSTON - A mental mistake by Gold Glove catcher Brad Ausmus allowed the go-ahead run to score in the ninth inning. After Juan Pierre tied it at 2 with an RBI triple off Octavio Dotel (0-2), the Marlins loaded the bases with none out for Miguel Cabrera.
He hit a grounder to third base, and Jose Vizcaino stepped on the bag for a force out before throwing home. Ausmus took the throw at the plate and relayed to first, failing to realize he needed to tag the oncoming runner because of the force at third.
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