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Ortiz gives Braves lift over Expos

Russ Ortiz pitched seven scoreless innings to put the Atlanta Braves over .500 for the first time in nearly a month with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Expos last night in San Juan.

Atlanta (42-41) has won nine of 12 since June 24, when it was 32-38. The Braves last had a winning record June 9 (29-28).

After allowing back-to-back singles to Brad Wilkerson and Endy Chavez to start the game, Ortiz (9-6) retired 14 of the next 16 batters, walking Carl Everett in the first and Wilkerson in the third.

Ortiz pitched seven innings, allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Marlins 6, Pirates 3 -- Pittsburgh's 10-game winning streak ended, with Alex Gonzalez hitting a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning of Florida's victory.

NL Rookie of the Year Dontrelle Willis remained winless in four starts since June 13 despite allowing just one run and five hits in six innings. He left with a 2-1 lead, but the Florida bullpen failed him.

Cardinals 5, Reds 3 -- Jim Edmonds homered and saved a home run with his glove, and Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh that led host St. Louis past Cincinnati.

Matt Morris (9-6) overcame a shaky second to work seven solid innings for St. Louis, which won its fifth straight to improve the NL's best record (51-32)

Rockies 8, Giants 6 -- Jeromy Burnitz homered and drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run with a single in the ninth, as Colorado rallied in San Francisco for its fifth straight victory.

Burnitz singled off Jason Christiansen (1-2) with two outs. Christiansen hit Larry Walker and walked Matt Holliday ahead of Burnitz. Charles Johnson added an RBI single.

Padres 5, Astros 3 -- Brian Giles and Mark Loretta hit solo home runs, spurring San Diego past Houston for its eighth straight home win.

Terrence Long hit a two-run double in the first inning to spark the NL West leaders, who have won five in a row and 12 of their last 15.

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 1 -- One night after his major league-record streak of 84 consecutive saves was broken, Eric Gagne started a new one, pitching a perfect ninth to save the game for Jose Lima and host Los Angeles, which won its fourth straight.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2 -- Keith Ginter hit a two-run homer and Victor Santos won for the sixth time in seven starts as host Milwaukee beat Chicago.

Mets 4, Phillies 1 -- Al Leiter pitched seven solid innings and Kaz Matsui went 3 for 5, leading New York to victory in Philadelphia.

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