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Final Score: Arizona 5, Pittsburgh 4 Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Alex Cintron's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning snapped a tie game as Arizona edged Pittsburgh, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at PNC Park. Chris Snyder belted a two-run homer and ended with three RBI for the Diamondbacks, who won for just the fifth time in their last 17 games. Cintron finished 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs. Craig Wilson hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who have dropped five straight contests. Jose Castillo had three hits in the setback. Final Score: San Diego 9, New York 4 Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Phil Nevin homered and drove in five runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 9-4 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game set at Shea Stadium. Nevin cracked a two-run double in the first and a three-run homer in the eighth, highlighting a 3-for-5 contest. Jake Peavy earned his fifth straight win for San Diego, which ended a two-game slide and pulled within two games of San Francisco and Chicago for the top spot in the NL wild card race. Peavy (10-3) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on four hits, striking out five and walking four, as he improved to 7-1 in his last eight decisions. Mike Cameron smacked a three-run homer for the Mets, who opened an 11-game homestand with their second straight setback. Final Score: Chicago 8, Milwaukee 3 Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Carlos Zambrano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, while Moises Alou and Aramis Ramirez each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-3 victory over Milwaukee in the first of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Alou finished 3-for-5 as the Cubs triumphed for the fifth time in six games. Zambrano (12-7) limited the Brewers to just three walks over the first six frames before faltering in the seventh. The 2004 All-Star ended with a line of three runs and four hits allowed over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine batters on the night. Fellow All-Star Ben Sheets (9-10) was not nearly as sharp for Milwaukee, which suffered its sixth consecutive defeat and 10th setback in 12 outings. The righthander was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in six innings and is now 0-5 in eight starts since the mid-season break. Final Score: Houston 8, Philadelphia 4 Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and Roger Clemens threw seven strong innings to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Clemens (13-4) held the Phillies scoreless over his final six frames. The hard-throwing righthander allowed just five hits and struck out eight with two walks. Craig Biggio had three hits, including his 2,600th, scored a pair of runs and added an RBI for the Astros, who have won six of their last eight games. Jim Thome hit his 38th home run of the season and finished with three RBI, but the Phillies lost for the eighth time in 11 games.