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Braves beat Phillies, spoil return of Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard walked up to the plate to a loud standing ovation and drove the second pitch he saw deep to right-center for a double. With all their regulars back, it was just like old times for the Philadelphia Phillies -- except the end result.

Brian McCann hit a two-out grand slam to cap a five-run eighth and Tim Hudson tossed four-hit ball for seven innings as the visiting Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies, 5-0, to spoil Howard's season debut Friday night.

"I love hitting with the bases loaded because they have to come at you," McCann said. "They really can't walk you. It's definitely a good feeling to stand in the box and know they have to come see you."

Howard was 2-for-4 in his first game since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on the final swing of the game as the Phillies were eliminated from the postseason last October.

The five-time defending NL East champions are a season-worst 11 games under .500. Since five-time All-Star Chase Utley returned last week, the Phillies are 1-8.

Rockies 5, Nationals 1: Tyler Colvin homered twice off Stephen Strasburg (9-4) for visiting Colorado.

Marlins 3, Cardinals 2: Ricky Nolasco allowed an unearned run in six innings and Jose Reyes got the go-ahead RBI with an infield hit in the seventh for visiting Miami.

Giants 6, Pirates 5: Melky Cabrera homered for visiting San Francisco.

Brewers 7, Astros 1: Norichika Aoki and Ryan Braun hit back-to-back homers as Milwaukee handed host Houston its ninth straight loss.

Reds 6, Padres 0: Bronson Arroyo (4-5) pitched a three-hitter and Ryan Hanigan, Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart homered for visiting Cincinnati, which ended San Diego's winning streak at six games.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3: Justin Upton broke out of a 3-for-19 slump with a key two-run triple off Clayton Kershaw (6-5) for host Arizona, which ended its losing streak at six.

Orioles 3, Angels 2: Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer and Miguel Gonzalez allowed three hits in seven innings in his first major-league start -- outdueling All-Star C.J. Wilson (9-5) -- for visiting Baltimore. Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout homered for the Angels.

Rays 10, Indians 3: Luke Scott snapped his team-record hitless streak at 41 at-bats with a two-run homer off Justin Masterson (5-8) in a six-run fifth for visiting Tampa Bay.

Twins 5, Rangers 1: Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau had two RBIs each as Minnesota handed host Texas its season-high fifth straight loss.

White Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: Jake Peavy pitched one-run ball into the eighth for his first victory since May 26 and A.J. Pierzynski homered as host Chicago won its fourth straight.

Tigers 4, Royals 2: Rookie Drew Smyly struck out a career-high 10 in six innings and Delmon Young homered for host Detroit.

A's 4, Mariners 1:Chris Carter hit a walk-off three-run homer in the 11th.-- AP

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