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Phillies hold off Nationals

Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning Monday in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez each hit a grand slam, rallying the Philadelphia Phillies to a wild 13-11 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Howard’s shot to center in the fifth inning tied the score at 6. After the Nationals scored four times in the eighth to go up 11-7, Ibanez capped a six-run surge in the bottom half with a two-out drive to right off Joel Hanrahan (0-1).

With star closer Brad Lidge nursing a sore knee, Ryan Madson got three outs for his first save this season. Lidge is day to day with inflammation in his right knee, the Phillies said.

Ryan Zimmerman hit two of Washington’s five homers. Nick Johnson and Adam Dunn each had a two-run shot in the eighth, and Elijah Dukes also connected.

Mets 7, Marlins 1

NEW YORK — Omir Santos hit the first grand slam in Citi Field history for his first career RBI, and New York beat Florida to extend the Marlins’ losing streak to seven.

Santos’ first-inning drive off Anibal Sanchez (1-2) went about four rows into the left-field seats and was just the sixth home run for the Mets at the pitcher-friendly ballpark, their first in six games since April 17. Daniel Murphy and David Wright tripled for New York, which has more three-base hits (seven) at its new ballpark than homers.

Overall, only 15 homers have been hit in 10 games at Citi Field, a stark contrast to the 26 that rocketed out of the new Yankee Stadium during the opening six-game homestand.

John Maine (1-2) won for the first time in four starts this season, allowing only an unearned run and one hit in six innings and lowering his ERA from 7.47 to 5.40. Sean Green pitched a hitless seventh, J.J. Putz followed with a one-hit eighth and Francisco Rodriguez finished the two-hitter in a non-save situation.

Astros 4, Reds 1

CINCINNATI — Lance Berkman hit his 20th homer at Great American Ball Park, the most by any visiting player, and Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning, leading Houston to victory.

Pence’s two-run double off Francisco Cordero (0-1) broke a 1-all tie and sent the Astros to their 10th straight win at Great American Ball Park, a streak that started near the end of the 2007 season and is the longest in the majors.

Naturally, Berkman had a hand in it, hitting a solo homer in the sixth off Johnny Cueto. The opposite-field shot snapped his 0-for-16 slump and left him with more career homers (46) and RBI (127) against Cincinnati than any other team.

Cardinals 3, Braves 2

ATLANTA — Rick Ankiel drove in two runs for St. Louis to back another strong outing by Joel Pineiro, who equaled the best start of his career when the Cardinals edged Atlanta.

Ankiel had a pair of two-out, run-scoring singles, one in the second inning to push the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead and another in the seventh for a 3-1 edge.

Pineiro (4-0) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing seven hits and a pair of runs while walking none. He also won his first four decisions for Seattle in 2001.

Ryan Franklin worked the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

The crowd of 16,379 was the fourth turnout of less than 20,000 in seven games at Turner Field this season.

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