ATLANTA (AP) -Mike Pelfrey allowed one hit in six innings to win his first game of the season after seven losses and Carlos Delgado, Lastings Milledge and Carlos Beltran each hit solo home runs to help the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.
The Mets won their second in a row in Atlanta after getting swept in four games at Philadelphia. The Braves lost for the eighth time in their last 11 games to fall 6 1/2 behind the Mets in the NL East. Atlanta began the day 5 1/2 back in the wild-card race.
Pelfrey (1-7), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the game, struck out seven, a career high for the second-year pitcher. He walked three, and the only hit was a clean single to right in the fourth by Mark Teixeira.
Pelfrey ended an eight-game losing streak. He was 2-1 with the Mets last season, won his first two games - the last on July 18 - before losing on July 23 to Houston. He pitched only 22 innings for New York in 2006.
Delgado, who hit a home run in Friday night's 7-1 win, hit his 21st home run in the fifth and one out later Milledge hit his fourth, both off Atlanta starter Chuck James (9-10). Beltran, who went 3-for-4 and scored three times, hit his 26th in the seventh off reliever Manny Acosta.
Cubs 4, Astros 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Aramis Ramirez hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning to back Jason Marquis and Chicago beat Houston.
Ramirez's 19th homer, his first since Aug. 15, followed a single by Derrek Lee as the Cubs took a 3-1 lead against rookie lefty Troy Patton (0-2).
Lee also homered, hitting his 16th in the eighth inning off reliever Chris Sampson to put the Cubs up 4-2.
The Cubs started the day leading the NL Central by 1 1/2 games. The Astros, now nine games back, had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Marquis (11-8) went 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits.
Marlins 12, Phillies 6
MIAMI (AP) - Mike Jacobs and Hanley Ramirez had three hits each and Florida snapped the Phillies' six-game winning streak.
Philadelphia starter J.D. Durbin failed to retire a batter as the Marlins scored seven runs in the first inning.
Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, but Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were a combined 1-for-9.
Durbin (6-4) faced seven hitters, allowed seven runs and five hits.
Florida starter Byung-Hyun Kim (8-6) pitched five innings and allowed four runs and 10 hits with four strikeouts.
Nationals 4, Giants 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Joel Hanrahan threw six innings of one-hit ball, Jesus Flores homered and had two RBIs, and Washington snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Hanrahan (4-2) had surrendered nine runs in 2 2-3 innings - the shortest outing of his rookie season - in his last start Aug. 26 at Colorado. Against the Giants, he allowed only Pedro Feliz's 17th homer of the season, walked one and struck out two.
Ray King and Jesus Colome worked the seventh, Jon Rauch pitched the eighth and Chad Cordero got the final three outs for his 29th save in 37 opportunities.
Jonathan Sanchez (1-3) gave up three runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and matched a career-high with seven strikeouts.
Brewers 12, Pirates 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dave Bush pitched six sharp innings and Bill Hall broke out of a hitting slump with four RBIs for Milwaukee.
The Brewers remained 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, and have won three of four after a five-game skid.
Bush (11-9) gave up one run and four hits to win for only the second time in six starts. Prince Fielder added three hits, and Corey Hart and Kevin Mench hit back-to-back home runs for the Brewers, who pounded out 15 hits against the lowly Pirates.
Shane Youman (3-5) lasted only two-plus innings. After retiring the side in the first, he gave up five runs in the second and three in the third.
Cardinals 11, Reds 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rick Ankiel drove in three runs a day after hitting his first career grand slam, and Yadier Molina had three RBIs and homered for the second straight game as St. Louis climbed back to .500 for the second time this week and also the second time since April 16.
Jim Edmonds gave the Cardinals a trio of three-RBI players, and his two-run double off rookie Phil Dumatrait (0-3) was the go-ahead hit in a four-run fifth that put the Cardinals ahead 5-2.
The resilient Cardinals, who lost outfielder Juan Encarnacion (eye) and Scott Rolen (shoulder) for the season on Friday, remained two games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
Adam Wainwright (13-9) survived early trouble to beat the Reds for the first time in three starts. In 5 2-3 innings, he gave up two runs - one earned - and six hits.
Padres 7, Dodgers 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched seven brilliant innings and Mike Cameron hit a grand slam for the Padres, who maintained their slim lead in the NL West.
Peavy (16-5) allowed two hits, struck out nine while walking just one and lowered his ERA to 2.10. He set a career-high for wins in a season and won his seventh straight decision.
Adrian Gonzalez also connected for the Padres, who won for the ninth time in 11 games and took the first two of this three-game series.
Cameron's fifth career slam highlighted the fifth, when the Padres scored six runs - five earned - against Derek Lowe on four hits, three walks and an error by Shea Hillenbrand.
Lowe (11-12) allowed six hits and seven runs, six earned in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked six.
Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 7
PHOENIX (AP) - Tony Clark homered and tied a career-high with five RBIs, and the light-hitting Diamondbacks scored seven times in the second inning and four more in the third.
Eric Byrnes added three RBIs, Chris Young had a pair of doubles and Mark Reynolds had three of Arizona's 14 hits. The Diamondbacks tied a season-high for runs.
Elmer Dessens (2-2) gave up seven runs, six hits and a pair of walks in 1 1-3 innings. He lost for the first time in four starts since joining the Colorado rotation on Aug. 16, but hasn't lasted past the sixth inning in any of them.
Edgar Gonzalez (7-2) picked up the victory in relief of ineffective starter Dana Eveland. Gonzalez gave up a pair of hits over 3 1-3 innings to win his sixth straight decision.

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