Chicago. Ryan Dempster bounced back from his worst start of the season, pitching seven sharp innings for the Chicago Cubs in a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Milton Bradley had three hits and Reed Johnson homered for the Cubs, who have won four of five since losing a season-worst eight straight games.
The Dodgers were shut out for the first time this year in their largest loss of the season.
In New York, Jeremy Hermida homered and drove in four runs to help Florida’s Josh Johnson improve to six wins without loss from eight career starts against New York in a 7-3 win.
Jorge Cantu added two RBIs for the Marlins, who battered starter Tim Redding (0-2) in building a 7-1 lead by the fifth.
In Phoenix, Eric Byrnes singled home Mark Reynolds in the 11th inning to give Arizona a 3-2 victory over Atlanta.
Reynolds opened the 11th with a ground-rule double off Jeff Bennett (2-2) and moved to third on Miguel Montero’s sacrifice. With the infield playing in, Byrnes hit a dribbler up the middle.
In Pittsburgh, Jeff Karstens pitched seven efficient innings to win for the first time in more than a month as Pittsburgh roughed up Houston left hander Wandy Rodriguez to win 7-4.
At Milwaukee, Mike Cameron hit a go-ahead homer in a six-run fifth inning to wake up Milwaukee’s latent offense in a 9-5 victory over Cincinnati.
The Reds played without offensive standout Joey Votto, placed on the 15-day disabled list with stress-related issues believed to be linked to his ongoing struggles with an inner-ear infection — although club officials were hesitant to go into detail about the situation.
In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard hit his club-record eighth career grand slam and added a solo homer to lead Philadelphia over Washington 9-6.
Howard’s slam moved him past Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt on the franchise list.
In Denver, Garrett Atkins hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning and scored from first base when Brad Hawpe’s bloop double got past diving center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr., giving Colorado an 8-7 victory over San Diego.
The Rockies trailed 7-6 after pinch-hitter Scott Hairston hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth. With one out in the bottom half, Clint Barmes, who had four hits, singled and stole second. After Todd Helton grounded out, Atkins singled to tie it.
In San Francisco, Albert Pujols burst out of his slump with two homers, and Chris Duncan drove in the go-ahead run with double in the seventh inning as St. Louis downed San Francisco 6-2.
Skip Schumaker’s double drove home the tying run in the seventh for the Cardinals, who overcame Chris Carpenter’s first earned runs allowed this season for their eighth victory in 11 games.