- Associated Press - Friday, September 10, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Roy Halladay earned his 18th victory, the most by a Philadelphia pitcher in 27 years, and hit a two-run single to lead the Phillies past the New York Mets 8-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley homered as the NL East leaders held their one-game edge over Atlanta. Wilson Valdez, subbing for injured shortstop Jimmy Rollins, drove in two runs.

Halladay (18-10) allowed four runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings, becoming the Phillies’ top winner since John Denny posted 19 in 1983. Jenrry Mejia (0-4) remained winless as a big leaguer.

Braves 8, Cardinals 6

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Braves scored six runs in the sixth inning, sending 10 hitters to the plate and taking advantage of a dropped fly ball by right fielder Jon Jay to rally.

Atlanta fell behind 4-1, giving up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday and a two more RBIs to Chris Carpenter (15-6), who had a run-scoring single and the second homer of his career. Atlanta won for just the third time in nine games.

Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad got the big inning started with the first of four straight hits off Carpenter. Jason Heyward had an RBI single and Martin doubled to tie the game at 4.

Peter Moylan (6-2) won with a scoreless sixth. Billy Wagner earned his 33rd save.

Marlins 3, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Alex Sanabia (4-2) allowed three hits in 6 2-3 scoreless but peaceful innings in the first meeting between the teams since they brawled Sept. 1.

Sanabia (4-2) will start a three-game suspension Saturday for his part in a fight that caused Major League Baseball to discipline six players, both managers and a coach.

Before the game, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension, as did Nationals reliever Doug Slaten.

Dan Uggla had three hits as Florida stopped a three-game losing streak.

John Lannan (7-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Reds 4, Pirates 3

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Francisco Cordero blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but the Reds recovered on Jonny Gomes’ bases-loaded grounder in the 12th.

The NL Central leaders had dropped a season-high five in a row, whittling their lead over St. Louis from eight to five games.

Chris Heisey started the winning rally with a bunt single off Wilfredo Ledezma (0-2), who then hit Joey Votto. Scott Rolen singled off Joel Hanrahan to load the bases. Gomes then hit a soft grounder to shortstop Ronny Cedeno, whose low throw to the plate allowed Heisey to score. Catcher Chris Snyder dropped the low throw and later was given an error.

Jordan Smith (2-2) retired the last two batters in the top of the 12th.

Cubs 4, Brewers 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Carlos Zambrano (8-6) allowed three hits in 8 2-3 innings and struck out nine to win his fifth straight decision since returning to the rotation Aug. 9 after a suspension for a dugout outburst in June. He also had three hits and drove in a run.

Carlos Marmol finished for his 29th save.

Dave Bush (7-12) gave up three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Three Milwaukee errors led to two unearned runs.

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