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July 6, 2013

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Humberto Quintero and Ryan Howard hit home runs to give Cliff Lee a five-run cushion, and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Dan Uggla hit a three-run shot, and the Braves snapped Lee's streak of 11 straight games pitching at least seven innings and allowing three earned runs or less.

But Lee (10-2) still won his eighth straight decision. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. J.C. Ramirez and Antonio Bastardo combined for five outs. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 18th save in 22 tries.

Right fielder John Mayberry Jr. helped Papelbon with a sliding catch on Brian McCann's sinking liner for the second out.

Paul Maholm (9-7) gave up five runs — four earned — and nine hits in six innings. Tim Hudson was scheduled to start for the Braves, but he was pushed back one day because of a stiff neck.

PIRATES 6, CUBS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Liriano pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and Pittsburgh beat Chicago for its 11th win in 13 games.

Liriano (8-3) went the distance for the first time since he tossed a no-hitter for Minnesota against the White Sox on May 3, 2011. He struck out seven and walked four to improve 5-1 in his last six starts. He also had an RBI single.

The Pirates, meanwhile, continue to roll. They came in with the best record in the majors and a two-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central, and they had little trouble with Jeff Samardzija (5-8) and the Cubs.

Starling Marte had three hits, scored two runs and stole two bases for the Pirates.

NATIONALS 8, PADRES 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wilson Ramos drove in three runs, Gio Gonzalez won his third straight start and Washington defeated San Diego for its second straight win.

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