CHICAGO Aramis Ramirez singled in the go-ahead run, and Eric Karros had four RBIs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 Saturday, overcoming a blown lead for the second straight day.
Mark Grudzielanek drove in a pair of runs for Chicago, which remained a game behind first-place Houston in the NL Central.
D'Angelo Jimenez homered and Ray Olmedo drove in a pair of runs, but it wasn't enough to keep the Reds from losing their fourth straight road game.
Antonio Alfonseca (3-1) worked one inning to win for the second straight day. Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances.
Matt Belisle (1-1) took the loss.
Astros 2, Cardinals 0
HOUSTON Jeff Bagwell hit his 35th homer and Roy Oswalt won his second straight game since coming off the disabled list as Houston beat St. Louis.
The Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games and dropped 4 1/2 behind Houston in the NL Central.
Oswalt (8-5) allowed four hits over seven innings to win a pitching duel with Matt Morris (10-7). Oswalt struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
Billy Wagner finished the five-hitter for his 42nd save in 45 chances and 20th in a row. He got Albert Pujols to ground into a double play and struck out Scott Rolen on three pitches to end it.
Craig Biggio had an RBI double.
Marlins 8, Braves 3
MIAMI The Florida Marlins drew their biggest crowd in more than two years and quickly gave the fans plenty to cheer about.
Miguel Cabrera capped a six-run first inning with a three-run homer, and the NL wild-card leaders won their seventh consecutive game by beating Atlanta.
The Marlins' bid for their first playoff berth since 1997 attracted a crowd of 40,414, their largest since July 13, 2001, against the New York Yankees.
Dontrelle Willis (13-6) pitched six innings for Florida, which moved 2 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia in the wild-card race. The winning streak is the Marlins' longest since Aug. 6-13, 1999, and they're 18 games above .500 for the first time in six years.
The Braves have lost three in a row and eight of 13, but they're still 8 1/2 games ahead of Florida in the NL East.
Russ Ortiz (19-7), trying to become the NL's first 20-game winner, instead allowed the first five Florida batters to score.
Javy Lopez hit his 40th homer for the Braves.
Pirates 5, Phillies 3
PITTSBURGH Abraham Nunez's two-run double in the second inning helped the Pittsburgh Pirates open a five-run lead, and they held on to hand Philadelphia a loss that damaged the Phillies' wild-card chances.
With starter Josh Fogg pitching effectively for most of his seven innings, the Pirates beat the Phillies for the second straight. Fogg (10-8) became the first Pirates pitcher to reach double figures in wins this season.
Julian Tavarez worked the final 1 2-3 innings for his seventh save in 10 attempts.
The Pirates roughed up Kevin Millwood (14-11) for seven hits and five runs in five innings.
Brewers 5, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO Richie Sexson hit a pair of two-run homers and Milwaukee snapped a seven-game losing streak to San Francisco despite Barry Bonds' 654th homer.
Bonds hit the first pitch from winner Doug Davis (3-1) an estimated 482 feet to spark a four-run eighth inning, his 41st homer of the year and 27th career splash hit into McCovey Cove. Bonds is six home runs shy of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on baseball's career list.
Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a homer, and Neifi Perez hit a two-run shot for his first homer in more than a year.
The rally fell short, however. The Giants loaded the bases against closer Dan Kolb in the ninth, but he struck out pinch-hitter J.T. Snow and got Perez on a groundout for his 18th save in 19 chances. Kolb has converted his last 18 opportunities.
Sexson's two homers off Sidney Ponson (3-4) gave him 40 for the second time. He hit 45 for Milwaukee in 2001.
Mets 5, Expos 4
MONTREAL Steve Trachsel tied a career high with his 15th win and Danny Garcia homered and had three RBIs as New York ended a season-high eight-game losing streak with a win Montreal.
The Expos had won 10 straight at Olympic Stadium and three in a row overall.
Trachsel (15-9), who had 15 wins with the Chicago Cubs in 1998, moved ahead of Al Leiter for the team lead in victories. Grant Roberts came on for the final out for his first career save.
Javier Vazquez (12-11) allowed seven hits and five runs in seven innings, losing his third straight September start after going 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA in August.
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