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Marlins blank Braves

MIAMI — Rick VandenHurk and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, and Mike Jacobs hit a three-run homer to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Tuesday night.

VandenHurk (1-1), recalled Monday from Double-A Carolina, pitched five hitless innings for his first win since last Aug. 23. He walked five and left the game after throwing 94 pitches.

Chipper Jones, led off the sixth with a line-drive single up the middle off Joe Nelson, but Nelson retired the next three batters, Renyel Pinto pitched two perfect innings, and Matt Lindstrom pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Pirates 8, Astros 2

HOUSTON — Paul Maholm shut down the Astros for eight innings, Freddy Sanchez homered for the second straight game and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Houston.

Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer and Nate McLouth added a solo shot as the Pirates beat the Astros for the sixth time in eight meetings.

Reds 4, Padres 3

CINCINNATI — Jeff Keppinger’s one-out double in the 11th inning sent Cincinnati to a 4-3 victory over San Diego on Tuesday night in a rare loss for the Padres against the Reds when Jake Peavy started.

Jay Bruce started the rally with a one-out single off right-hander Bryan Corey (1-3), who gave up Aaron Miles’ game-ending grand slam in his last appearance Sunday in St. Louis. Keppinger worked the count full before doubling into the left-field corner for Cincinnati’s 10th walkoff win, most in the majors.

Gary Majewski (1-0), the fifth Cincinnati pitcher. retired the three batters he faced in the 11th, getting the victory in a game full of empty swings. The Padres struck out 18 times, the Reds 13.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS — Bill Hall homered to snap a late-inning tie for the second straight game and the Milwaukee Brewers also caught up with Kyle Lohse, beating the St. Louis Cardinals and their surprise ace 4-3 for their sixth straight victory Tuesday night.

Ryan Ludwick hit the longest home run at 3-year-old Busch Stadium for the Cardinals, who have lost two straight after winning five in a row. But Lohse tired in the last two innings of an eight-inning outing, squandering a three-run lead and missing a chance to win his 10th straight decision.

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