Na­tional League roundup

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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.

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