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Phillies fend off Diamondbacks

PHILADELPHIA — John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, David Herndon tossed three scoreless innings in relief and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Thursday night in a matchup of division leaders.

The major league-leading Phillies took two of three in a potential playoff preview, improving to 14-1-1 in their last 16 series.

A thunderstorm delayed the game for 2 hours, 17 minutes after three innings. Neither starting pitcher returned when play resumed.

Herndon (1-2) gave up one hit and struck out four to earn his second career win. Ryan Madson finished for his 23rd save in 24 tries.

Ian Kennedy (15-4) gave up three runs and five hits in three innings, failing to become the NL's first 16-game winner. He had won his previous seven starts.

Arizona remained 21/2; games ahead of San Francisco in the West.

Braves 1, Giants 0

At Atlanta, Mike Minor pitched six crisp innings to outduel Tim Lincecum, and Atlanta's Chipper Jones homered for the only run.

The Braves appeared to be at a distinct disadvantage with Minor, filling in with Tommy Hanson on the DL, going against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner.

But Minor (3-2) pitched brilliantly, allowing just four hits and one intentional walk while striking out a season-high nine.

Lincecum (11-10) was no slouch, surrendering five hits in seven innings with seven Ks. But the wiry right-hander made one big mistake, serving up a high fastball to Jones leading off the fifth. He sent a drive soaring into the right-field seats for 11th homer.

Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 42 chances, breaking a tie with Todd Worrell for the most saves by an NL rookie since 1969.

Dodgers 5, Brewers 1

At Milwaukee, Clayton Kershaw throttled the streaking Brewers with eight scoreless innings and Rod Barajas homered, leading the Dodgers to the victory.

The NL Central-leading Brewers came in winners of 19 of 21 and were looking to complete a 7-0 homestand.

But Kershaw (15-5) was tremendous, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters and never facing serious trouble after the third inning.

Nationals 3, Reds 1

At Washington, Jonny Gomes hit a two-run single against his former team and Jordan Zimmermann pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning to lead Washington to the victory.

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores also had his first home run in more than two years.

Zimmermann (8-10) allowed six hits before leaving with runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth.

Padres 3, Marlins 1

At San Diego, Tim Stauffer tossed seven strong innings to rebound from his worst start of the season and lead San Diego to the win.

Stauffer (8-9) allowed one run — John Buck's 15th homer in the seventh inning — and five hits. The right-hander struck out five and walked one in his first outing since he yielded five homers and nine runs in just three innings of a 13-1 loss at Cincinnati.

Yankees 8, Twins 4

At Minneapolis, CC Sabathia stopped his two-start losing streak with nine strikeouts over seven innings, and the New York Yankees hit three home runs to support him in a victory over the depleted Minnesota Twins.

The Yankees lead the majors with 163 homers this season, despite only 13 from Alex Rodriguez, who has been out following knee surgery last month. Mark Teixeira hit his 33rd, a two-run shot in the third, and Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones hit back-to-back deep balls in the fifth inning against Brian Duensing (8-12).

Red Sox 4, Royals 3

At Kansas City, Mo., Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs with a pair of well-timed singles, Josh Beckett survived a shaky start to go seven innings and Boston Red got back on the winning track.

Beckett (10-5) and the Royals proved to be the perfect matchup to turn things around. The right-hander allowed all three runs in the first three innings to improve to 7-1 in his career against them — his only loss came July 28 in Boston.

Indians 4, White Sox 2

At Chicago, Justin Masterson pitched six effective innings, Kosuke Fukudome had a tiebreaking RBI triple and the Indians inched closer to the top of the AL Central with a victory over the White Sox.

Matt LaPorta hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, which pulled within 11/2; games of idle Detroit for the division lead. The Tribe opens a three-game series at Detroit today.

Angels 2, Rangers 1

At Anaheim, Calif., rookie Mark Trumbo hit a game-ending two-run homer down the left-field line, and the Angels beat Texas to avoid a four-game sweep.

After Torii Hunter led off the ninth with a single, Trumbo hit his 23rd homer of the season off Mike Adams (1-2), snapping the Angels' five-game skid.

Blue Jays 7, Athletics 0

At Oakland, Calif., Ricky Romero pitched a three-hitter to extend his career-high winning streak to five games, Colby Rasmus homered and scored three times and Toronto beat the Athletics.

Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie had RBI singles while Jose Bautista doubled and scored in the fourth when Toronto scored three times off Oakland starter Trevor Cahill to break the game open.

Romero (12-9) struck out six and walked two while recording his second shutout this season and third of his career.