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 WASHINGTON (AP) -David Wright drove in three runs, Moises Alou had three hits and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 8-4 Wednesday night, ending a five-game losing streak that cut their lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games.
Pelfrey (3-7) allowed three runs in five-plus innings to win his third consecutive decision. After he left, Jorge Sosa and Aaron Heilman combined for three shutout innings, a stretch that began with Sosa getting a strikeout and a double play to escape a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the sixth. Billy Wagner gave up an unearned run in the ninth.
The game was tied 2-2 heading to the fifth, when Jose Reyes singled with one out, Luis Castillo tripled him home and Wright added an RBI single to make it 4-2. The Mets wouldn't trail again, knocking out Matt Chico (5-9) after scoring five runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Chico hasn't won a game since July, a drought that covers seven starts.
Padres 5, Pirates 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and San Diego rallied to increase its NL wild-card lead.
The Padres won their sixth in a row and opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia for a playoff spot. The Phillies lost 2-1 in 10 innings at St. Louis.
San Diego remained one game behind Arizona in the NL West.
Hairston launched an 0-1 pitch from Matt Capps (4-7) over the left-field wall. Hairston, who hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning against San Francisco on Aug. 3, had been just 5-for-30 with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.
Cla Meredith (5-6) got the win. Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight game.
Cardinals 2, Phillies 1, 10 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Philadelphia couldn't make it two extra-inning wins in a row.
Yadier Molina singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, and St. Louis stopped Philadelphia's six-game winning streak and dropped the Phillies 2 1/2 games back of the NL East-leading Mets.
Coming off a tense 7-4, 14-inning victory Tuesday night, the Phillies went ahead on Pat Burrell's RBI double in the sixth only to have pitcher Adam Wainwright tie the score for St. Louis with a run-scoring single in the bottom half.
Brett Myers (4-7) gave up the single to Molina, scoring Miguel Cairo.
Randy Flores (3-0) pitched the 10th for the win.
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 4
PHOENIX (AP) - Conor Jackson homered, Chris Snyder had three hits and three RBIs and Arizona overcame a poor start by Doug Davis to keep up their march toward the playoffs.
Mark Reynolds added three hits and two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who stayed one game ahead of San Diego in the NL West.
Juan Cruz (6-1) earned the victory by striking out the only batter he faced in the fifth, when he relieved Davis with two out and two on.
Jose Valverde got three outs for his major league-leading 46th save in 53 chances.
Barry Zito (9-13) allowed five runs and was lifted after the first four men reached in the fifth inning.
Rockies 6, Dodgers 5
DENVER (AP) - Brad Hawpe hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Colorado rallied for the second straight night.
Hawpe's homer to right came off Jonathan Broxton (4-4), who also gave up a two-run shot to Ryan Spilborghs the night before. Takashi Saito gave up a game-winning two-run homer to Todd Helton in the ninth on Tuesday night.
Colorado, winners of four straight, moved a game ahead of Los Angeles in the NL wild-card race. Both teams entered the contest 4 1/2 games behind wild-card leading San Diego.
Matt Holliday hit two solo home runs off Brad Penny, giving him a career-high 35 homers this season.
Brian Fuentes (2-5) pitched a scoreless eighth and Manny Corpas worked the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.
Cubs 3, Reds 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Alfonso Soriano homered, and Chicago scored a strange, go-ahead run in the eighth inning after Ken Griffey Jr. was injured to beat Cincinnati.
Soriano hit a leadoff homer in the first, then kept the score 2-all when he threw out Norris Hopper at the plate on Brandon Phillips' single to left in the eighth.
With one out in the Cubs eighth, Ryan Theriot single and took second when Griffey fumbled the ball for an error. Derrek Lee followed with another single to right. As Griffey fielded the ball and started to make a throw, he stopped in pain. Griffey underhanded the ball back to the infield and fell to the ground as Theriot held third. Griffey left the game with a lower abdominal strain.
Mike Stanton replaced Gary Majewski (0-3) and pinch-hitter Matt Murton hit a sinking liner to left that Adam Dunn was ruled to have trapped, scoring Theriot.
Bob Howry (6-7) got the win.
Astros 5, Brewers 4, 10 innings
HOUSTON (AP) - Hunter Pence singled home the winning run off Matt Wise in the 10th inning and the Houston dropped Milwaukee out of first place in the NL Central.
Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Astros closer Brad Lidge to force extra innings. But the Brewers, who had won four in a row, wound up falling one game behind Chicago for the division lead.
Carlos Lee homered and hit an RBI single for the Astros, who won for just the fifth time in 18 games against Milwaukee this year.
Weeks homered with one out, tying it at 4. Lidge (5-2) pitched a perfect 10th, striking out two, and got the victory.
Wise (3-2) took the loss.
Braves 5, Marlins 1
ATLANTA (AP) - Edgar Renteria had three hits, including a homer, Chipper Jones had two hits and drove in a run and Chuck James allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings as Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of last-place Florida.
The Braves (79-73) have won four straight to match the win total from last year's 79-83 team. Atlanta began the day 5 1/2 games back in the NL East and NL wild-card standings.
James (11-10) completed seven innings for only the fourth time this season, striking out six and walking only one batter.
With one out in the first, Renteria lined a homer to center off Daniel Barone (1-3). Chipper Jones followed with a walk, and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer to right for a 3-0 lead.
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