Stanton breaks out of slump

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double Wednesday to end a 10-game RBI drought, and the Miami Marlins broke a five-game losing streak by beating Atlanta 6-2.

Stanton had been in a 3-for-26 slump before he put the Marlins ahead in their four-run first inning against Paul Maholm (9-8). Placido Polanco added three hits and three RBIs.

Jacob Turner (3-1) allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings.

Steve Cishek allowed two singles in the ninth to complete a six-hitter.

The Marlins batted around in the first inning. Stanton’s double made the score 2-0, and he came home on Polanco’s double. Jeff Mathis added a two-out RBI single.

Maholm gave up no runs after that but lasted only 4.1 innings, throwing 103 pitches.

Nationals 5, Phillies 1: In Philadelphia, Gio Gonzalez tossed seven sharp innings, the Nationals hit a pair of consecutive homers off Cliff Lee and Washington beat Philadelphia.

Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back shots off Lee to start the fifth and Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth did it to open the sixth.

Gonzalez (7-3) gave up one run and six hits, striking out five to win his fourth straight start. The lefty has eight quality starts in a row.

Lee (10-3) had allowed nine homers in his first 135.2 innings this year before yielding four in a span of eight batters.

Mets 7, Giants 2: In San Francisco, former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler pitched seven sharp innings, and Marlon Byrd homered for the Mets.

Daniel Murphy and John Buck each had two hits and drove in two runs.

Wheeler (3-1), a former Giants’ first-round draft pick, took a shutout into the seventh. He allowed one run and three hits overall, striking out five and walking three.

Reds 6, Brewers 2: In Milwaukee, Mike Leake scattered four hits over 8.1 innings, and Brandon Phillips had three RBIs for Cincinnati.

Leake (8-4) bounced back from a rare rough start in his last outing and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. He allowed four walks while striking out two.

Shin-Soo Choo had two singles, a double and a walk as the first seven batters in the Cincinnati lineup reached base.


Cardinals 5, Astros 4: In St. Louis, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer and Matt Holliday drove in two with a two-out hit for the Cardinals.

Carpenter’s ninth homer of the season in the seventh gave the win to Seth Maness (5-1).

Edward Mujica earned his 25th save in 26 tries.

Pirates 5, Athletics 0. In Pittsburgh, Francisco Liriano scattered four hits over seven innings, and Pittsburgh beat Oakland.

Liriano (9-3) struck out six and walked one. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata also had two hits each.