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ATLANTA (AP) - Mike Minor allowed only one run to give Atlanta's depleted rotation a lift, Jason Heyward homered, and the Braves beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in a matchup of division leaders on Friday night.

Minor (10-5) gave up four hits with no walks in seven innings. His sharp performance came two days after Tim Hudson was lost for the season with a broken right ankle.

The Atlanta rotation also is without left-hander Paul Maholm, who is expected to miss at least one start because of a bruised left wrist.

Wainwright (13-6), the NL leader in wins, took his first loss since a 2-1 decision to Texas on June 23.

Yadier Molina gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his eighth homer. The Braves answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Wainwright allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and one walk in seven innings.

Minor, who became the first Braves pitcher to reach 10 wins, lowered his ERA to 2.89.

Marlins 2, Pirates 0

MIAMI (AP) - Henderson Alvarez earned his first National League victory, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th homer, and the Miami Marlins managed another low-scoring victory, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Friday night.

The Marlins are 4-4 since the All-Star break even though they have totaled only 15 runs.

Jeff Locke (9-3) allowed only one earned run in 6 2-3 innings and had a career-high nine strikeouts, but he lost for the first time in his past 10 road starts. His ERA rose to 2.15.

Alvarez (1-1) gave up just two hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.64. The game was his fifth after he sat out the first half of the season with right shoulder inflammation.

The shutout was only the third by the Marlins, but their starters have an ERA of 2.44 since the All-Star break.

Steve Cishek, Miami's fifth pitcher, gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth inning but earned his 21st save in 23 chances, including 16 in a row. He retired pinch-hitter Jose Tabata on a groundout with two on to end the game, completing a five-hitter.

Pittsburgh managed only six baserunners, including one erased on a double play, and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Pirates struck out six times in the final three innings against Marlins relievers.

Stanton led off the seventh inning with a homer and finished 2 for 2 with two walks in four trips to the plate.

Miami broke a scoreless tie in the sixth. Locke gave up two walks sandwiched around a single by rookie Jake Marisnick, his first major-league hit. With the bases loaded and one out, Marlins manager Mike Remond pinch-hit for Alvarez, and Placido Polanco tapped a dribbler toward third for an RBI infield hit.

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez charged to field the ball but made no throw.

The Marlins had a hit in each of the first five innings, but during that stretch they grounded into a double play and had two runners thrown out. Pirates catcher Russell Martin absorbed a blow when he tagged out Jeff Mathis, who was trying to score from first on Alvarez's two-out double in the second inning.

Jordy Mercer extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games with a single in the third. That was the Pirates' lone hit until Starling Marte reached on a bunt single with two out in the sixth.

Mets 11, Nationals 0, 1st Game

Nationals 2, Mets 1, 2nd Game

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night, lifting Washington over the New York Mets for a doubleheader split.

In the opener, Jenrry Mejia pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut, and Daniel Murphy homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs for the Mets. Murphy had two hits for New York in the nightcap and went 6 for 9 in the day-night doubleheader.

After Anthony Rendon grounded out, Zimmerman hit a 3-1 fastball from reliever LaTroy Hawkins (3-2) over the fence in right center to win the second game. The Mets wasted another impressive outing by Matt Harvey, who gave up five hits and an unearned run in eight innings.

Rafael Soriano (2-2) pitched the ninth, surviving a first-and-third jam with one out.

Jayson Werth added three hits for Washington.

Pitching on the one-year anniversary his major league debut, Harvey struck out seven and walked one.

Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf, making his second start of the season, went seven innings. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight and walking two.

In the opener, Murphy went 4 for 5 with two homers and a pair of RBI singles. Juan Lagares had three hits and Ike Davis added a three-run homer for New York.

Mejia (1-0), who had been on the disabled list since March with shoulder inflammation, allowed seven hits. He struck out seven with no walks.

Jordan Zimmermann (12-6), who allowed seven runs in a career-low two innings Sunday in a 9-2 loss to the Dodgers, needed 118 pitches to go 6 2-3 innings. He allowed five earned runs and six hits in picking up his third straight loss.

 
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