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Ohlendorf shines as the Pirates stuff the Marlins

THE Pittsburgh Pirates brought the Florida Marlins' seven-game winning streak to a crashing halt on Monday with an 8-0 victory over the NL East division leaders.

Ross Ohlendorf allowed only two hits over seven innings as Pittsburgh (7-6) recorded its third shutout in four games.

"You have to give a lot of credit to that kid across the way (Ohlendorf)," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

"I thought he was pretty good. We had him right off the get-go, then he got out of it, and I don't think we put a good swing on him the rest of the night."

Nate McLouth drove in four runs, belting a three-run homer in the sixth after putting the Pirates in front with an RBI single in the first.

The Marlins, who have major league's best record (11-2), could manage only two singles off Ohlendorf (1-2) on the rainy night. Emilo Bonifacio led off the game with a hit and Hanley Ramirez collected the second to start the fourth.

"The big thing was that I was able to throw the ball where I wanted to," Ohlendorf, who was traded by the Yankees to Pittsburgh last July, said after his first win for the Pirates.

The Pirates scored four runs off loser Andrew Miller, who lasted 4 2/3 innings, and added four more off reliever Logan Kensing.

In other National League games, it was: Reds 4, Astros 3; Nationals 3, Braves 2; and Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3.

The Boston Red Sox pounded the Baltimore Orioles 12-1 in the only American League game on Monday.

In Houston, Joey Votto's two-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Reds over the Astros.

Trailing 3-2, Paul Janish and Willy Taveras singled before Votto's hit helped the Reds win for the third time in four games.

Bronson Arroyo (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. Arthur Rhodes got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Hunter Pence. Francisco Cordero then pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five tries.

Geoff Geary (0-2) took the loss.

In Washington, highly touted pitching prospect Jordan Zimmermann won his major league debut, throwing six strong innings in the Nationals' victory over the Braves.

Zimmermann (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits, with three strikeouts and a walk.

The paid attendance of 12,473 set a new low for the team since it moved from Montreal to Washington.

In Phoenix, Mark Reynolds homered and doubled, Miguel Montero added a three-run homer and the Diamondbacks defeated Colorado.

Reynolds hit a solo homer - his third - in the second inning and added an RBI double in the fourth off Jason Marquis (2-1).

Ian Stewart hit a homer for the Rockies, who have dropped seven of eight to fall into a last-place tie with San Francisco in the NL West.

Meanwhile, the Nationals signed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, 24, to a five-year contract extension, the team said on Monday.

Zimmerman is widely considered to be Washington's best player and averaged 100.5 RBIs in his first two full seasons with the team.


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