- Associated Press - Sunday, August 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cliff Lee tossed seven sharp innings to earn his first home win in nearly a year and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep against the major league-leading Washington Nationals with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

The Nationals have lost four straight for the first time since June 15-19.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and Laynce Nix had a solo shot to back Lee (3-7). The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner hadn’t won at Citizens Bank Park since Sept. 5, going 0-6 in his previous 12 starts.

Lee outpitched Jordan Zimmermann (9-8) by allowing one run and seven hits, striking out five. Jeremy Horst got an out in the eighth and Josh Lindblom got the last five outs for his first career save. Jonathan Papelbon had the day off after closing three straight games.

CARDINALS 8, REDS 2

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Matt Holliday had four hits and four RBIs, Adam Wainwright won his fifth consecutive start and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Cincinnati.

Allen Craig homered and drove in three runs as St. Louis handed the Reds just their second series loss in 13 sets since the All-Star break. The Cardinals have won five of six to move within six games of the NL Central-leading Reds.

St. Louis’ 17 hits were the most allowed by Cincinnati in a game this season.

Wainwright (13-10) gave up two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings while improving to 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts overall.

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey (10-9) gave up five runs in six innings while falling to 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five August starts.

MARLINS 6, DODGERS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Rob Brantly gave Miami the lead for good with his first major league home run, and the Marlins also got long balls from Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Reyes and Carlos Lee to beat the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of an 11-game road trip.

Mark Buehrle (12-11) won his third straight start, allowing a run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by retiring Hanley Ramirez on a popup and Andre Ethier on a grounder with the Marlins holding a 3-1 lead.

Steve Cishek retired new Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the eighth, then pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save after Reyes and Lee homered back-to-back against rookie Shawn Tolleson in the top of the inning.

Aaron Harang (9-8) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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