Derek Lowe pitched a one-hitter for his second shutout and complete game of the season, leading Los Angeles over the Cubs, 7-0, yesterday in Chicago.
Lowe (9-13) gave up an infield single leading off the first to Jerry Hairston Jr., who beat a bouncer to third without a throw from Mike Edwards. Lowe faced just 29 batters, allowing his only other runners on walks to Michael Barrett and Jeromy Burnitz.
He struck out seven to win for the first time in five starts since Aug. 5. It was the third career shutout and complete game for Lowe, who pitched a no-hitter for the Red Sox against Tampa Bay April 27, 2002. His other complete game this year was a three-hit shutout against San Diego April 15.
Jose Cruz Jr. went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, Olmedo Saenz added a two-run homer and Jayson Werth hit a two-run single for the Dodgers.
Cardinals 10, Marlins 5 -- Jeremy Hermida became the first player in more than a century and only the second ever to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis's Al Reyes in Florida's loss at Miami.
The only other player with a grand slam in first major league at-bat was William ''Frosty Bill" Duggleby, who did it for Philadelphia at home against the New York Giants in the second inning on April 21, 1898, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias was not able to determine whether Duggleby was a pinch hitter.
Phillies 8, Mets 2 -- Philadelphia overpowered Pedro Martinez and remained on top in the wild-card race as Chase Utley hit two of the team's four homers off the New York ace.
The four home runs Martinez gave up matched a career high, set twice in consecutive starts for the Red Sox in June 1998. Martinez gave up five runs and eight hits in seven innings, dropping to 1-3 in his past seven starts.
Braves 5-3; Nationals 4-3 -- Brad Wilkerson scored on a wild throw as visiting Washington manufactured a run in the ninth, beating Atlanta to split a doubleheader.
In the opener, Andruw Jones hit his major-league leading 43d homer and drove in all five runs to lead the Braves.
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 5 -- Ben Johnson hit his first career homer, a three-run drive, and host San Diego beat Arizona to move into September with a .500 record.
Giants 5, Rockies 3 -- Moises Alou hit the first of San Francisco's four solo home runs to beat visiting Colorado.
Brewers 6, Pirates 5 -- Rookie Prince Fielder hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth to give host Milwaukee the victory.
Astros 10, Reds 0 -- Andy Pettitte allowed four hits in seven innings and Brad Ausmus drove in four runs for host Houston.