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Braves 9, Astros 7
At Houston, Garret Anderson drove in three runs, Nate McLouth homered and Brian McCann had four hits and two RBIs for the Braves.
Derek Lowe (14-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, but managed to win for the second time in five starts. Mike Gonzalez earned his 10th save.
Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer for the Astros.
Nationals 8, Phillies 7
At Washington, Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs in his major league debut, and Livan Hernandez pitched effectively into the eighth inning for the Nationals.
Adam Dunn hit his 36th homer for the Nationals, who gave up five runs in the ninth before Ron Villone got Ryan Howard to ground into a game-ending double play with runners at the corners. Moments earlier, Matt Stairs snapped an 0-for-30 skid with a pinch-hit grand slam.
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