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 PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jordy Mercer's single up the middle off Gonzalez Germen drove home Andrew McCutchen with two outs in the 11th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates past the New York Mets 3-2 on Friday night.
McCutchen led off with a walk, stole second and then easily beat the throw home from center fielder Juan Lagares to end the Mets' four-game winning streak.
Vin Mazzaro (5-2) retired all three batters he faced to earn the victory. Starling Marte had two of Pittsburgh's six hits, and Pedro Alvarez added his 24th home run.
Mets All-Star David Wright had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He had an RBI-single but also flied out with two runners on to end the New York 10th. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his third homer of the season.
Germen (0-1) got only two outs in his first inning in the majors and took the loss.
MARLINS 8, NATIONALS 3
MIAMI (AP) - Marcell Ozuna drove in three runs, and Giancarlo Stanton homered for Miami, which dealt Stephen Strasburg the worst loss of his career in a win over Washington.
Strasburg (5-7) allowed a career-high seven earned runs and tied a career-high with four walks in two innings after the Nationals spotted him a 3-0 lead.
Miami responded with five runs in the first.
It was Strasburg's shortest outing since he pitched two innings on May 31 at Atlanta when he left because of a lat strain.
Nathan Eovaldi (2-0) settled down after a rough first inning and held the Nationals without a run over the next five innings.
Washington has lost four of five.
REDS 4, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched seven sparkling innings, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run single in Cincinnati's three-run first, and the Reds beat depleted Atlanta.
Arroyo (8-7) allowed three hits, including Brian McCann's two-out solo homer in the seventh, and walked one. Sam LeCure pitched a perfect eighth, and Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
Braves outfielders B.J. Upton and Justin Upton left the game with injuries. Jason Heyward was held out one day after he strained his right hamstring.
B.J. Upton strained his right adductor muscle in the first inning. Justin Upton strained his left calf while running to first base in the seventh.
The Reds jumped on Kris Medlen (6-9) right at the start. Medlen was charged with four runs and nine hits. Medlen, who was 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in five June starts, has allowed a combined 10 runs in two straight losses.
CARDINALS 3, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Beltran had three hits and drove in a run, and reliever-turned-starter Joe Kelly earned his first win of the season in St. Louis' victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Beltran was a homer short of hitting for the cycle, with a run-scoring triple, double and single as the Cardinals bounced back from Thursday night's loss to the Cubs that snapped a five-game winning streak.
Kelly (1-3) allowed three hits and a run in 5 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking two. Edward Mujica pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 27 opportunities.
St. Louis jumped on Cubs starter Carlos Villaneuva (2-5) for two runs in the first inning. Matt Carpenter singled and scored on Beltran's triple, followed by Allen Craig's RBI single.
 

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