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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red-Hot Braves Hitters Hand Pittsburgh 3rd Loss in a Row

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- Greg Maddux won his fourth straight decision, and Atlanta continued its torrid scoring as the Braves routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-2 to take the final three games of their four-game series.


Maddux (4-1) pitched five innings Monday and allowed one run and six hits. He walked none and struck out seven. He improved to 13-13 in his career against Pittsburgh, leaving Cincinnati as the only remaining National League team against which he has a losing record.


Maddux threw only 68 pitches before leaving with an eight-run lead. Relievers Alan Embree, Brad Clontz and Joe Borowski together allowed just one run and six hits over the final four innings.


After getting shut out 9-0 in the series opener Friday, the Braves outscored the Pirates 27-7 in winning the last three contests, completing a 5-3 road trip.


Chipper Jones had three hits, including a home run and a double, and scored three runs for Atlanta.


"It seems like the bats woke up. Pitching is always going to be there. They did an outstanding job the past three games," said Jones.


Michael Tucker had a homer and scored twice for the Braves, who scored in double figures for the fifth time this season.


Former Brave Jason Schmidt (1-2) took the loss, giving up nine runs and 10 hits in only 4 2/3 innings.


Pittsburgh's Tony Womack went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, and Keith Osik was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.


Marlins 11, Astros 4. At Florida, Moises Alou had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored three times while Rob Stanifer won his first major-league decision Monday as the red-hot Marlins defeated the Houston Astros 11-4.


Trailing 3-1 in the fourth, the Marlins capitalized on an error by Houston second baseman Craig Biggio and rallied for five runs.


Florida loaded the bases with one out against Astros starter Shane Reynolds (4-3), who induced pinch-hitter Jim Eisenreich to ground into a potential inning-ending double play. But Biggio let the ball roll through his legs, allowing Bobby Bonilla and Jeff Conine to score.


"The ball stayed down low," said Biggio. "I thought I was low enough. That was a big play and it turned the game around."


The Marlins improved to a major-league leading 17-5 at home.


Stanifer (1-0) allowed a home run to Ricky Gutierrez and five hits over 2 1/3 innings of relief. He also got his first major-league hit in the sixth.


Twins 12, Blue Jays 2. In Minneapolis, Greg Myers went 4-for-5 and scored four runs as Minnesota avoided the longest home losing streak in franchise history. Greg Colbrunn also went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.


The Twins, whose nine-game Metrodome losing streak equaled the mark the team set at Metropolitan Stadium during the 1961-62 seasons, won for just the fourth time in their last 19 games.


Pitcher Brad Radke (3-2) gave up nine hits in seven innings. Chris Carpenter, making his major league debut, gave up seven runs -- five of them earned -- and eight hits in three innings.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)