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September 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon as the San Diego Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory in the National League on Wednesday.

Forsythe’s single to right scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner to tie it and Rivera’s hit brought home Chris Denorfia as the Padres sent the Pirates to their third straight loss.

Pittsburgh fell two games behind St. Louis, which beat Colorado 4-3, for first place in the NL Central division. But the Pirates still inched closer to clinching one of the wild-card playoff spots for their first postseason berth in 21 years when Atlanta beat Washington.

Dale Thayer (3-5) picked up the win in relief. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.

Melancon (2-2), who inherited the closer’s role when All-Star Jason Grilli went out with a forearm injury in July, blew his third save of the season.

DIAMONDBACKS 9, DODGERS 4

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks blew the game open late to prevent Los Angeles from clinching the NL West division title.

Goldschmidt’s opposite-field two-run shot off Stephen Fife (4-4) in the first inning moved him into the NL lead with 34 home runs.

Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run for the Dodgers, who have lost five of six and get one more chance to clinch in Arizona in the series finale Thursday.

The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez was ejected after Michael Young was called out at the plate in a close play in the sixth inning.

Brandon McCarthy (5-9) went six-plus innings to get the victory. Arizona broke open a close game with five runs in the eighth.

BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning as the Braves rallied past the Nationals to close in on the NL East division title.

Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves ended a three-game losing streak. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.

Kameron Loe (1-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta’s seventh pitcher, rebounded from his loss Tuesday to record his 48th save.

Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 29 straight, the longest in Major League Baseball this season.

CARDINALS 4, ROCKIES 3

DENVER (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched effectively into the eighth after a shaky start and helped himself at the plate with three hits as the Cardinals beat the Rockies to expand their lead in the NL Central division race.

Wainwright (17-9) gave up two runs in the first and then found his groove to earn his 17th win, second-most in the NL this season.

He went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs to help the Cardinals stretch their lead to two games over Pittsburgh after the Pirates lost 3-2 loss to San Diego.

Tyler Chatwood (7-5) allowed four runs in six innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Chatwood is rounding back into form after missing nearly a month with an inflamed right elbow.

Ross Ohlendorf (4-1) allowed three runs over six innings.

MARLINS 4, PHILLIES 3, 10 INNINGS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ed Lucas homered in the 10th inning to lift the Marlins to a victory over the Phillies.

The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but could not score after Roger Bernadina struck out and Freddy Galvis grounded out to end it.

The homer was the fourth of the season for Lucas. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton tied the game 3-all in the sixth inning with a two-run, homer to center field.

Brad Hand (1-1) got the victory for pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cesar Jimenez (1-1) was the loser as Miami ended its seven-game losing streak to Philadelphia.

METS 5, GIANTS 4

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Satin hit a two-run single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Mets past San Francisco.

Shut down by Matt Cain for almost eight innings, the makeshift Mets lineup put together a surprising comeback. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz had an RBI double and Juan Centeno, making his major league debut, knocked in a run with a single off closer Sergio Romo (4-8).

Satin had three RBIs, including a sacrifice fly against Cain in the eighth. Vic Black (2-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer for San Francisco.

BREWERS 7, CUBS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sean Halton hit his first career grand slam and Tyler Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings as the Brewers beat the Cubs.

Thornburg (3-1) struck out four and walked two as he reached six innings for the sixth straight start since being recalled from the minor leagues on June 29. He has allowed five earned runs in 36 innings as a starter and has also made 11 relief appearances for the Brewers this season.

Jimmy Nelson pitched two innings and Michael Blazek got the last three outs to preserve the four-hit shutout.

Halton’s homer capped a five-run first inning off Chris Rusin (2-5).

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