National League roundup
Washington 3, Atlanta 0: With Stephen Strasburg scratched with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, reliever Miguel Batista was pressed into making his first start in nearly two years. The 39-year-old journeyman came through, allowing only three singles in five scoreless innings. An MRI and X-ray of Strasburg showed no structural damage. He will be re-evaluated later in the week. Fans in D.C. booed when it was announced Strasburg wouldn’t pitch.
New York 8, St. Louis 2: Carlos Beltran gained a small measure of revenge against Adam Wainwright as the Mets suddenly broke loose, roughing up the Cardinals ace. Shut out four times during a 2-9 road trip, the Mets came home and ended Wainwright’s career-best scoreless streak at 26 innings. Wainwright (14-6) was tagged for a season-worst six runs. Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes added a two-run shot.
Philadelphia 9, Arizona 5: Ryan Howard hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Jayson Werth and Cody Ransom also homered, and the Phillies scored a season-high sixth straight win. The two-time NL champions moved within 3½ games of Atlanta, cutting the deficit in half over the last five days. They’ve won nine in a row at home, their longest since winning 16 straight in 1991.
Pittsburgh 4, Colorado 2: Zach Duke threw six solid innings to help the Pirates snap a four-game skid over a Rockies team that lost closer Huston Street to a freak injury before the game. The Rockies returned home from a disastrous 2-9 road trip and dropped their seventh straight game. Street bruised the right side of his abdomen when he was hit by a line drive as he warmed up in right field.