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Martinez struggles in victory

Pedro Martinez allowed three hits in seven innings and Carlos Beltran hit a pair of two-run homers to lead the New York Mets to a 7-5 victory over the host Milwaukee Brewers last night.

"Bad day, bad day," said Martinez, who still earned the victory. "I used my experience to keep the team in the game."

Doug Mientkiewicz also homered, breaking a 5-5 tie in the eighth with his shot off reliever Julio Santana (0-1) and helping the Mets to their fourth straight victory.

Martinez (4-1) struck out 11 but allowed a season-high five earned runs in seven innings of his first career start against Milwaukee. Mike DeJean pitched one inning and Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth for his first save since 2002, when he pitched for Kansas City.

Martinez couldn't hold a 5-3 lead after Beltran hit his second homer in the seventh.

He walked Carlos Lee leading off the bottom half before Lyle Overbay hit his sixth homer of the season.

Reds 11, Dodgers 3 -- Austin Kearns capped a six-run sixth inning with a two-run homer, and D'Angelo Jimenez had three hits as host Cincinnati snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Reds matched their season high in runs and avoided their longest losing streak since an 11-game drought in June 1998.

Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe (2-3) had a 3-0 lead and had allowed just one hit before the Reds sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth.

Padres 5, Cardinals 4 -- Adam Eaton pitched into the seventh inning after a shaky start, and Mark Sweeney had the go-ahead hit for the second straight game in San Diego's win against host St. Louis. The Padres have won six in a row -- including the first three of this four-game series.

San Diego has its first series win in St. Louis since 1998. Before the series, the Padres had lost 19 of 21 at Busch Stadium.

Phillies 4, Cubs 1 -- Jimmy Rollins snapped a tie in the fifth inning with an RBI single, and visiting Philadelphia sent Chicago to its seventh straight loss.Jon Lieber (5-1) was sharp against his former team, allowing one run, four hits, and two walks in 7 1/3 innings.

Marlins 4, Rockies 1 -- Josh Beckett pitched seven shutout innings and host Florida beat Colorado, extending the Rockies' losing streak to 10 games. Left fielder Miguel Cabrera threw out a runner at the plate, went 3 for 4 with a walk, and drove in Florida's first run.

Nationals 11, Giants 8 -- Ryan Church hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double in the ninth inning and finished with career highs of four hits and four RBIs, and visiting Washington sent San Francisco to its season-worst fourth straight loss.

Braves 4, Astros 1 -- Julio Franco hit his first home run of the season and Horacio Ramirez pitched seven shutout innings as Atlanta beat Houston, sending the Astros to their 10th straight road loss.

Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2 -- Josh Fogg limited Arizona to two hits in seven-plus innings to help visiting Pittsburgh win for the fourth time in five games.

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