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Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Matt Harvey stifled the Philadelphia Phillies' bats over seven strong innings and the New York Mets supported the phenom with three home runs in Sunday's 5-0 win. Harvey (8-2), back on the Citi Field mound after starting Tuesday's All-Star Game, recorded 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter in his first home win since April 19. The right-hander didn't allow a hit until Chase Utley's one-out single in the fourth. The Phillies mustered only two more hits, a Michael Young single and a Delmon Young double, before Harvey gave way to Scott Atchison after throwing 112 pitches in the rubber match of a three-game set. Fellow All-Star Cliff Lee (10-4) got the starting nod for Philadelphia and he was victimized by the long ball again. The southpaw, making his 300th career start, lasted six frames and surrendered seven hits, three of which were homers. Lee gave up four solo homers in his final pre-All-Star outing, a 5-1 loss to Washington.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Jordy Mercer's tie-breaking single highlighted a two-run seventh inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 decision over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mercer had one of four consecutive hits off Homer Bailey in the deciding seventh, spoiling an otherwise stellar performance from the Cincinnati right- hander in his first home start since his July 2 no-hitter against San Francisco. Bailey (5-9) racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, but was charged with all three Pirates' runs on seven hits after tiring late. Counterpart Jeff Locke (9-2) was impressive as well off a near two-week layoff caused by a sore back, with the All-Star lefty limiting the Reds to just one hit and fanning six while yielding one run over six innings of work. Michael McKenry went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh, while Garrett Jones added a solo homer to help Pittsburgh halt a three-game losing streak that included the first two tests of this post All- Star break set. Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, but the Reds managed just one more and had a stretch of three straight victories snapped.

Final Score: Los Angeles 9, Washington 2

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Matt Kemp did not face the crowd he expected when he returned to the dugout after his first at bat off the disabled list in the second inning. The stairs were empty and a pair teammates were firmly entrenched on the bench on the back wall that faced the field. When Kemp finally made his way down the stairs all smiles and looking for some high fives, they couldn't help ditching the silent treatment after Kemp launched a home run in his first major league at bat since July 5. Kemp's solo shot ignited a seven-run rally that led the Dodgers to a 9-2 win to finish off a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals. After missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, Kemp had three hits and knocked in three runs with a home run and a double. Kemp did leave the game after the eighth inning. He appeared to roll his ankle on a play at the plate. Clayton Kershaw (9-6) gave up two runs on two hits and no walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings to win for the fourth time in five starts. The Dodgers tagged Jordan Zimmermann (12-5) for seven runs on eight hits and two walks in only two innings, his shortest career outing. He also lost at Nationals Park for the first time since May 17, 2012, a streak that spanned 22 starts. Jayson Werth crushed a pair of solo home runs to account for Washington's scoring.

Final Score: Milwaukee 1, Miami 0 (13 innings)

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Milwaukee Brewers fans were treated to a third straight shutout against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, but they needed to sit through 13 innings. Caleb Gindl hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 13th as the Brewers swept a three-game series against the Marlins with a 1-0 victory. With Ryan Webb (1-4) pitching for the Marlins, Gindl led off by hammering a 1-0 pitch to left to record the first home run of his career. John Axford (4-3) pitched perfectly through the 12th and 13th innings to pick up the win. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta threw eight shutout innings, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Despite earning a no-decision, it's been a great July for Peralta, who has allowed just one run over his last four starts, including a three-hit shutout against Cincinnati on July 9. Miami starter Henderson Alvarez also had a great outing, pitching seven scoreless innings, but the lack of run support prevented him from picking up his first win of the season. He was also just one of three Miami players to record a hit in the game. The Marlins are on a four-game losing streak.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, San Diego 2

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Allen Craig slowly went back to the warning track. After the Padres just failed to tie the game because a double bounced out of play, Jedd Gyorko sent Edward Mujica's splitter deep to left. Craig, after turning around on his way to the fence, recovered to get his right shoulder against the fence as he timed his jump. He elevated his glove over the padding and snagged Gyorko's fly ball to make it the 27th out in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-2 win against the San Diego Padres in the rubber match of a three-game set. David Freese had two hits and lined a two-run double in the third inning that dropped just past Alexi Amarista's outstretched glove and proved to be the difference. Adam Wainwright (13-5) gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out seven. Yonder Alonso had three hits and knocked in a run for the Padres. Eric Stults (8-8) took the loss despite a 124-pitch effort. He gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings.

Final Score: Colorado 4, Chicago 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Nolan Arenado hit the go-ahead single in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Colorado Rockies edged the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Coors Field. With Edwin Jackson (6-11) pitching and the game tied at 2-2, Gonzalez drew a two-out walk and stole second base. Next was Michael Cuddyer, who was also walked. Gonzalez scored on Arenado's base hit to center and Cuddyer scored on a throwing error by center fielder Junior Lake. Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood (6-3) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and four walks over six innings. Rex Brothers allowed one run in the ninth but notched his fifth save. Anthony Rizzo had a home run while Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney drove in one run apiece for the Cubs, who were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Jackson surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and a pair of walks in seven frames.

Final Score: Arizona 3, San Francisco 1

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross provided a two-run single and Brad Ziegler benefited from an unconventional double play in the ninth to secure an Arizona Diamondbacks' 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The D'backs held the Giants scoreless for the first eight frames, but Ziegler was in a jam after the first two batters for the Giants reached in the ninth. He got Kensuke Tanaka to ground to short where Cliff Pennington fielded the ball and flipped to second to get the force out, but second baseman Aaron Hill's throw sailed wide of first base and Hunter Pence came in to score. Tanaka tried to advance on the error, but was erased when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt fired a strike to second from foul territory. That left the bases empty and the Giants could not produce another threat.

Final Score: Chicago White Sox 3, Atlanta 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jose Quintana pitched 5 2/3 solid innings to help lift the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in the rubber match of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular field. Quintana (5-2) extended his unbeaten streak to 10 starts but picked up just his second win in that span. He allowed just one run on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo all collected an RBI for the White Sox, who have won two in a row after dropping three straight. Mike Minor (9-5) continues to have effective starts on the road, but this time the Braves couldn't help him out. He yielded three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over eight innings in a complete-game effort. Evan Gattis drove in the lone run for the Braves, losers in three of their last four.

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