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Marlins punch out Phillies

Mike Lowell homered again and Mike Redmond also connected, helping the Florida Marlins to a 9-7 victory yesterday in Philadelphia for another sweep over the Phillies in a game that featured a bench-clearing brawl.

Phillies catcher Todd Pratt and Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez were ejected after starting a melee in the second inning following a high and inside pitch from Brett Myers to Gonzalez.

After Redmond homered in the second inning, Myers's next pitch almost hit Gonzalez, who took a step toward the mound and pointed at the pitcher. Pratt quickly stepped in and exchanged words with Gonzalez. The Marlins shortstop swatted at Pratt, who then retaliated with a right cross, and both benches cleared.

Lowell, who homered three times in Florida's 8-7, 12-inning win Wednesday night, struck out his first three at-bats, but hit a two-run shot off Rheal Cormier in the ninth.

The World Series champion Marlins held on for their third straight three-game sweep over Philadelphia.

Diamondbacks 11, Brewers 9 -- Danny Bautista homered twice and singled home the go-ahead run in the 15th inning as visiting Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak.

Bautista set career highs with five hits and five RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Padres 9, Giants 4 -- Phil Nevin hit a two-run homer and San Diego took three of four at San Francisco. Ismael Valdez (2-0) pitched 5 2/3 strong innings on a day slugger Barry Bonds was held out of the lineup to rest. Cardinals 2, Astros 1 -- Hector Luna's sacrifice bunt scored Reggie Sanders in the top of the 12th, leading visiting St. Louis to its best road start (6-0) in more than 60 years.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 1 -- Matt Holliday hit his first major league homer and drove in three runs, leading Shawn Estes and Colorado over Los Angeles in a game called after six innings because of rain in Denver.

Reds 5, Braves 3 -- Ken Griffey hit a two-run single and host Cincinnati took advantage of Jaret Wright's wildness -- he walked five in 1 2/3 innings -- to beat Atlanta in a five-inning, rain-shortened game.

Mets 3, Expos 2 -- Steve Trachsel and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Mike Piazza hit a go-ahead double, and host New York extended Montreal's seasonlong slump. The Expos have not scored more than four runs in any of their first 16 games.

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The Cubs-Pirates game was rained out and rescheduled as part of a May 28 doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.

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