Oswalt’s first start spells end to Philly’s 8-game run

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At­lanta 6, Cincin­nati 4: Ja­son Hey­ward dou­bled home two runs with two outs in the 10th in­ning, ral­ly­ing the Braves past the Reds, restor­ing a lit­tle of their rapidly van­ish­ing lead in the NL East. At­lanta moved 3½ games ahead of sec­ond-place Philadel­phia. Reds closer Fran­cisco Cordero (3-4) walked two bat­ters in the 10th. Hey­ward worked the count full, then hit a sink­ing liner that div­ing left fielder Jonny Gomes couldn’t catch, al­low­ing both run­ners to score.

Billy Wag­ner got out of a two-on threat in the 10th, earn­ing his 24th save in 29 chances by fan­ning Drew Stubbs for the fi­nal out.

Kelly John­son and Miguel Mon­tero home­red in a five-run sixth in­ning, and the Di­a­mond­backs stopped a seven-game los­ing streak. Mon­tero also dou­bled, sin­gled and drove in four runs for last-place Ari­zona, which won for the first time since fin­ish­ing a three-game sweep of the strug­gling Mets last Wed­nes­day in Ari­zona. New York wasted David Wright’s two long homers and five RBIs, done in by a dread­ful re­lief out­ing from left-han­der Raul Valdes (2-3) af­ter an­other shaky start by Mike Pel­frey. Valdes gave up hits to all four bat­ters he faced, turn­ing a one-run lead into a 9-5 deficit in 14 pitches.

Miguel Te­jada found him­self in a pen­nant race and back at short­stop when he re­ported to the NL West-lead­ing San Diego Padres on Fri­day. Man­ager Bud Black wasted no time in plug­ging Te­jada into a key spot in the lineup for the first-place Padres against the Florida Mar­lins on Fri­day night, bat­ting him fourth be­hind All-Star slug­ger Adrian Gon­za­lez.

WASHINGTON — Roy Oswalt’s first game as a Philadel­phia Phillie left am­ple room for im­prove­ment.

Craig Stam­men car­ried a shutout into the sev­enth in­ning and the Washington Na­tion­als roughed up Oswalt in his Philadel­phia de­but, halt­ing the Phillies’ eight-game win­ning streak with an 8-1 vic­tory Fri­day night.

“I came out amped up, held the ball a lit­tle tight,” said Oswalt, who ab­sorbed his ma­jor league-lead­ing 13th de­feat. “Didn’t re­ally start feel­ing bet­ter un­til the last two in­nings. Didn’t re­ally go my way.”

Oswalt (6-13), a for­mer 20-game win­ner acquired from Hous­ton in a four-player trade Thurs­day, al­lowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits in six in­nings. He hit two bat­ters.

Pitch­ing in a mean­ing­ful game in the NL East, where the Phillies are chas­ing first-place At­lanta, in­stead of for the fifth-place Astros was a big change for Oswalt.

“It’s dif­fer­ent for sure,” he said. “This team is good from top to bot­tom. It’s good to get on a pitch­ing staff with (Roy) Hal­la­day and (Cole) Hamels and the other guys. It’s hard to gain 30 games overnight.”

It was an­other tough start against Washington for Oswalt, who lasted only 21⁄ in­nings, yielded four runs and was ejected for ar­gu­ing balls and strikes when he faced the Na­tion­als in Hous­ton on May 31.

Opin­ions on Oswalt’s ef­fort var­ied — even in the Na­tion­als club­house.

“I don’t think Roy was as sharp as he nor­mally is,” Washington’s Adam Dunn said.

Added Ny­jer Mor­gan: “Same Oswalt. He’s got elec­tric stuff. We just jumped right on him.”

Phillies man­ager Char­lie Manuel isn’t wor­ried about how Oswalt tran­si­tions to his new en­vi­ron­ment.

“His stuff was good. (Oswalt) was hav­ing a lit­tle trou­ble with his com­mand. … They kind of am­bushed us from the start,” Manuel said. “I like his stuff. He’s go­ing to be fine.”

Oswalt also had a for­get­table first at­bat as a Phillie. Roger Ber­nad­ina charged what might have been a sin­gle to right and threw Oswalt out at first.

Stam­men (3-4) went 61⁄ in­nings, and gave up one run and five hits.

Jayson Werth home­red for the Phillies.

Adam Kennedy had a sea­son-high four hits for the Na­tion­als.

Tampa Bay 3, New York 2: Wade Davis shrugged off a rocky start to pitch seven in­nings and Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer as the Rays pulled within one game of the AL East-lead­ing Yan­kees with their 11th win in 12 home games. Derek Jeter sin­gled and Nick Swisher home­red to be­gin the game against Davis (9-9), who set­tled to limit the Yan­kees to one hit — Robin­son Cano’s sixth-in­ning, bro­ken-bat sin­gle — and three walks over af­ter that.

Lu­cas Har­rell pitched six strong in­nings in his ma­jor league de­but, Dayan Vi­ciedo had three hits, and the White Sox won their 12th straight at home. Chicago is 19-1 at home since June 9. With sched­uled starter Daniel Hud­son traded in the af­ter­noon, the White Sox pur­chased the con­tract of Har­rell (1-0) from Triple-A Char­lotte.

Jhonny Per­alta hit two homers in his first game since be­ing traded, and the Tigers with­stood a grand slam by David Or­tiz in the ninth. Per­alta hit a solo homer in the sec­ond in­ning and a two-run shot in the fifth.

Jose Bautista hit a grand slam, his ma­jor league-lead­ing 31st home run, Fred Lewis added a solo shot and the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games. Toronto has home­red in 11 con­sec­u­tive games, hit­ting 27 over that span, and leads the ma­jor leagues with 157.

Matt Capps worked a score­less ninth in­ning for a save in his first ap­pear­ance with the Twins. Capps, acquired from the Na­tion­als the pre­vi­ous night, gave up a two-out sin­gle to Chone Fig­gins be­fore strik­ing out Casey Kotch­man. Jim Thome and Alexi Casilla home­red in sup­port of Scott Baker (9-9).

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