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Phillies 6, Mets 2
At New York, Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in five runs, and Cliff Lee won his eighth straight start to lead Philadelphia.
Lee (5-0) did not allow an earned run in seven innings, lowering his ERA with the Phillies to 0.68 in five outings since he was acquired in a July 29 trade with Cleveland. His record is 12-9 overall.
Philadelphia took the final three in a four-game series and won for the 11th time in 13 games overall, increasing its NL East lead to seven games over idle Atlanta.
Bobby Parnell (3-6) made his fourth start for New York after spending the first four months of the season in the bullpen.
Brewers 7, Nationals 1
At Washington, Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run to jump-start a six-run sixth inning, and Milwaukee took three of four from the Nationals after being swept by Pittsburgh.
The Brewers sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth. Jody Gerut had a two-run single in the inning and also homered in the eighth.
Yovani Gallardo (12-10) gave up one run on four hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out eight.
Nationals starter Collin Balester (1-4) had a career-high six strikeouts in five-plus innings.
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