NEW YORK -- Benny Agbayani homered and drove in three runs as the New York Mets' bats awoke from their silent September to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 Tuesday night.
The Mets, who had scored only 30 runs in losing eight of 10 this month, began the day three games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East and 4 1/2 ahead of Arizona in the wild card race.
Marlins 5, Braves 4
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves' NL East lead is dwindling again.
Kevin Millwood was chased in the fifth inning and Florida survived a rough ninth inning to beat the Braves, cutting Atlanta's NL East lead to two games over second-place New York.
Cubs 2, Reds 1
CINCINNATI -- Kerry Wood pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game since elbow surgery almost 1 1/2 years ago, leading Chicago over Cincinnati.
Wood (7-7) struck out eight and walked two in the second complete game of his career, the first since he struck out a record-tying 20 against Houston on May 6, 1998.
Expos 1, Phillies 0
PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Vidro's homer in the top of the eighth snapped a scoreless tie, and Tony Armas pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as Montreal blanked Philadelphia.
Armas (5-8) struck out three and walked two while allowing just two Phillies to reach second base.
Giants 9, Astros 5
HOUSTON -- Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds and Bill Mueller all homered as San Francisco rallied past Houston for the second straight night, beating the Astros for their 12th win in 14 games.
Shawn Estes (15-4) recovered from a shaky start to win for the 10th time in 11 decisions. Estes, who has won three straight starts, allowed four first-inning runs, then gave up only one run in the next six innings.
Scott Elarton (16-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4
PHOENIX -- David Dellucci drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning as Arizona beat Los Angeles.
Arizona remained 4 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in the wild card race and 8 1/2 games behind San Francisco, the NL West leader.
Rockies 6, Padres 3
SAN DIEGO -- Masato Yoshii pitched five strong innings lifting Colorado to a win over San Diego.
Colorado's Todd Helton, the National League's leading hitter, went 2-for-3 with a walk and raised his average to .381. He was 1-for-11 in his previous three games.
Yoshii (6-14), who missed his last start on Saturday with soreness in his right arm, allowed two runs and three hits.
Matt Clement (12-15) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits as he lost his third straight start.
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