CINCINNATI (AP) -Javier Valentin's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning rallied the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory Monday over the Washington Nationals, who suffered their biggest blown lead of the season.
Valentin's homer off Jon Rauch (2-1) was set up by a misplay characteristic of the NL's worst team. Center fielder Nook Logan and right fielder Austin Kearns let Scott Hatteberg's fly drop for an RBI double ahead of Valentin's homer.
Jon Coutlangus (2-0) retired the four batters he faced, and David Weathers finished for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Hatteberg homered and doubled twice, driving in four runs as the Reds overcame a six-run deficit. Ken Griffey Jr. added a solo homer, the 572nd of his career. Griffey is one behind Harmon Killebrew for eight place on the list.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 22 games. It was the longest streak in the NL this season and the longest by a Reds batter since 1996, when Hal Morris hit in 29 straight.
The Nationals got up 6-0 in the second inning, but their usually dependable bullpen let them down.
Kearns hit a two-run homer and Ryan Zimmerman added a solo drive for the Nationals. Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 5
PHOENIX (AP) - Carlos Quentin homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs, and Arizona rallied to get the win.
Chris Snyder went 3-for-3, and Tony Clark also homered for the Diamondbacks.
Quentin, who entered hitting .189, drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Orlando Hudson led off with triple against Jeremy Affeldt (1-1), and Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew walked to load the bases for Quentin, who flied to deep center to make it 6-5.
Brad Hawpe homered for Colorado, which has lost six of its last eight to fall a season-high nine games under .500 (18-27).
Doug Slaten (2-0) earned the victory with a scoreless eighth inning. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.
Giants 4, Astros 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Randy Winn extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games and Ryan Klesko splashed his first homer as a Giant into the bay.
Noah Lowry also pitched seven shutout innings for San Francisco.
Klesko's leadoff homer in the eighth was the 43rd splash hit by a Giants player and his second after also reaching McCovey Cove in 2003 with the San Diego Padres. It was Klesko's first homer since Sept. 26, 2005.
Lowry (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked three.
Winn doubled to start the sixth. His streak is the longest by a Giants player since Robby Thompson's 21-gamer in 1993.
Giants slugger Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 with two walks in his second straight hitless game.
Houston's Chris Sampson (4-4) went six innings, allowing three runs - one earned - and five hits.
Brewers 9, Dodgers 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prince Fielder hit two home runs and Rickie Weeks had a career-high four hits in his return to Milwaukee's lineup.
Weeks, who missed the previous four games because of a sore right wrist, hit safely his first four times up - including an RBI double in the third. Johnny Estrada added a solo homer for Milwaukee, which increased its lead in the NL Central to 6 1/2 games over Houston.
Jeff Suppan (6-4) allowed four runs and six hits in six-plus innings to get the win.
Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez homered for the Dodgers. Brett Tomko (1-5) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Fielder has six multihomer games in his young career, and three this season. He is tied with teammate J.J. Hardy for the NL lead with 14 homers this year.
Weeks went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

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