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DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs in his last three at-bats, Michael Cuddyer had a grand slam and Dexter Fowler also homered, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Houston Astros 13-5 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
The game was not without some concern for the Rockies, however. Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the top of the seventh with what the team said was a strained left groin.
Gonzalez broke a 5-all tie with a solo shot leading off the fifth off Lucas Harrell (4-4). He added a two-run drive off reliever Xavier Cedeno as part of a six-run sixth and then had another solo shot, driving the first offering from David Carpenter into the right field seats in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Christian Friedrich (3-1) allowed five runs on 11 hits in six innings, shaking off a rough third inning in which the Astros scored four runs.
MARLINS 5, NATIONALS 3
MIAMI (AP) _ Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th home run in May to tie the franchise record for a single month and the Miami Marlins earned their 20th comeback victory Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the first-place Nationals.
Stanton hit a solo homer in the seventh inning, his 13th this year, and had a two-out RBI single in the first.
Josh Johnson (3-3) gave up three runs in six innings and singled home the tying run with his first hit of the year.
Washington’s Chien-Ming Wang (1-1), making his first start of the season, allowed four runs in four-plus innings.
PHILLIES 10, METS 6
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz came through with a tying homer in the seventh inning, Jimmy Rollins added a three-run shot and Philadelphia busted loose late to beat the Mets.
Shane Victorino drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jon Rauch (3-4). Ty Wigginton also homered for the Phillies, who improved to 3-6 against the Mets this season.
Lucas Duda went deep twice, including a two-run shot off Lee in the sixth to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dillon Gee pitched 6 2-3 effective innings, but the New York bullpen was battered after he left.
Antonio Bastardo (2-1) and Jose Contreras each worked a scoreless inning.
Braves 10, Cardinals 7
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