HOUSTON Juan Pierre walked in the seventh inning when umpires said Wandy Rodriguez touched his mouth with his hand while on the mound, and Paul Lo Duca followed with a tiebreaking, two-run homer that gave Florida a 4-2 victory over Houston on Tuesday night.
Josh Beckett (14-8) struck out eight over 7 1-3 innings, and Carlos Delgado homered for the second straight game, reaching 30 for the ninth straight season.
Phillies 5, Braves 4
PHILADELPHIA Mike Lieberthal drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the sixth inning to lead Philadelphia, which is one game behind Florida in the NL wild-card race. The Phillies have won two straight over East-leading Atlanta and four of five overall since being swept by Houston last week.
Nationals 4, Mets 2
NEW YORK Hector Carrasco filled a hole in Washington’s rotation with a solid spot start, and the Nationals used a three-run third inning to beat New York.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 4
ST. LOUIS Chris Carpenter blew a four-run lead in his worst outing since his 13-game winning streak began in mid-June, but St. Louis rallied on David Eckstein’s ninth-inning RBI single.
Jim Edmonds and Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals, who are 12-3 this season against the Pirates and reduced their magic number for clinching the NL Central to two. They have won the first two games of the series despite getting outhit 24-13.
Cubs 4, Reds 3, 10 innings
CHICAGO Todd Walker’s long single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Chicago the victory. Derrek Lee hit his 42nd homer for the Cubs, who have won nine of 12.
Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins hit back-to-back homers to help Chris Capuano become Milwaukee’s first 17-game winner in 13 years.
J.J. Hardy also drove in a run for the Brewers.
Rockies 6, Dodgers 4
LOS ANGELES Clint Barmes triggered a six-run second inning with a two-run single with the bases loaded and Colorado held on.
Giants 5, Padres 4
SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds singled and walked twice in his second game of the season and Mike Matheny hit two RBI doubles to lead San Francisco.
First-place San Diego lost its fourth straight but still holds a five-game lead in the NL West.
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