Originally created 04/25/06

New lineup works well for Phillies



PHILADELPHIA - Cory Lidle struck out 10, and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were instant hits in their new spots in Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel's latest batting order. Manuel moved Utley from the fourth or fifth spots to second and batted Howard, the team's best power threat, fifth after stints in the six and seven holes.

Lidle (2-2) was the biggest beneficiary of the lineup swap, getting the most run support he had in four starts this season. He made it stand up, falling one strikeout shy of matching his career high and scattering six hits before he was chased with a 6-3 lead and two runners on and two outs in the seventh.

Clint Barmes doubled on Ryan Franklin's first pitch to make it 6-4, then the lefty retired Matt Holliday on a grounder to work out of the jam.

Arthur Rhodes allowed a run in a shaky eighth, before Tom Gordon pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

REDS 4, NATIONALS 2

In Washington, Elizardo Ramirez pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first major league win, and Cincinnati rode some early offense to a victory over Washington.

Washington fell to 1-5 at home this season, and the announced crowd of 19,264 fans was the smallest at 46,382-capacity RFK Stadium since baseball returned to the capital.

The Reds, who have won five of six, did more damage against Hernandez (1-3) in the opening inning alone, taking a 3-0 lead against the All-Star by stringing together four hits, including doubles by Felipe Lopez and Edwin Encarnacion.

CUBS 6, MARLINS 3

In Chicago, Jacque Jones hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run eighth inning as Chicago rallied against Florida's bullpen for a victory.

Carlos Zambrano matched a career high with 12 strikeouts but remained winless in five starts this season because Chicago couldn't muster any offense until he was out of the game.

Trailing 3-0 after getting only one hit off lefty Jason Vargas in the first 6q innings, the Cubs broke through in the eighth against relievers Matt Herges and Josh Johnson (1-2).

David Aardsma (1-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth. Ryan Dempster closed for his fifth save.