NEW YORK (AP) -Carlos Beltran had five RBIs and Luis Castillo singled home the winning run off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning, helping the New York Mets rally past the San Diego Padres 7-6 Tuesday night in a back-and-forth game between playoff contenders.
Hoffman and Billy Wagner, two of baseball's best relievers, struggled in the ninth. Wagner (2-1) gave up a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to Kevin Kouzmanoff that put San Diego up 6-5, but Hoffman couldn't hold the lead.
Lastings Milledge singled to start the bottom half and advanced on Mike DiFelice's sacrifice before pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson tied it with an RBI single.
Jose Reyes blooped a single to center and Castillo grounded a clean single up the middle off Hoffman (2-4). The throw from center by ex-Met Mike Cameron was wide, allowing Anderson to score standing up.
Beltran also hit a two-run shot off Chris Young, and the NL East-leading Mets won the opener of a three-game series against San Diego, which began the day atop the wild-card standings.
Phillies 5, Dodgers 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aaron Rowand hit a go-ahead homer and Kyle Kendrick remained unbeaten at home, as the Phillies won the opener of a 10-game homestand that includes visits by San Diego and the NL East-leading Mets.
Philadelphia could have All-Star second baseman Chase Utley back in the lineup for the New York series. However, ace Cole Hamels has a strained left elbow and will miss at least Wednesday night's start against the Dodgers after complaining of persistent soreness.
Kendrick (6-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win since July 29 and improve to 5-0 in eight home starts. Brett Myers worked the ninth for his 12th save.
James Loney and Russell Martin homered for the Dodgers, who staked Brett Tomko (2-11) to a 3-0 lead after two innings. But Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI double and Jimmy Rollins added a sacrifice fly in the third that made it 3-2, and Rowand's two-run shot in the fourth, his 21st, put the Phillies ahead.
Reds 8, Braves 7
CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Phillips hit a solo homer and a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning to lift the Reds in a game that featured three blown leads.
Phillips' solo homer in the fifth helped the Reds come from two runs down to tie the game at 7. He broke the tie an inning later with a run-scoring single off Peter Moylan (4-3), who hit two batters during the Reds' go-ahead rally.
It was another blown opportunity for the Braves, who have gone only 19-18 since the All-Star break and lost ground in the NL East.
Left-hander Bill Bray (3-0) allowed only one hit in 1 1-3 innings, and David Weathers pitched around a single and a walk to get the final three outs for his 26th save in 31 chances.
Phillips had three hits, and Jorge Cantu drove in three runs with a double and single, helping the Reds overcome deficits of 3-0 and 7-5.
Brian McCann led the Braves with a two-run homer off starter Bobby Livingston, who gave up seven runs in only 4 2-3 innings. McCann had a grand slam in the opening game of the series.
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