HOUSTON Tim Redding combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and Craig Biggio drove in three runs as the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Houston boosted its NL Central to two games over Chicago and dropped the Cardinals 5 1/2 games back. The Astros play three games in St. Louis next weekend.
Redding (9-14) allowed one run and three hits in six innings. Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner each pitched one hitless inning, with Wagner getting his 43rd save.
Dan Haren (3-6) lost his fifth straight decision, allowing four runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Reds 1, Cubs 0
CHICAGO Russell Branyan hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth.
Carlos Zambrano (13-10) had allowed only three hits through the first eight innings. But after waiting out a 13-minute delay before the ninth when plate umpire Steve Rippley left with a headache, Zambrano gave up a leadoff walk to Ray Olmedo, who advanced on a sacrifice and a wild pitch.
Zambrano retired D'Angelo Jimenez on a grounder, but Branyan lofted a single into shallow center. John Riedling (2-3) won, and Chris Reitsma struck out two in the ninth for his ninth save.
Braves 8, Marlins 4
MIAMI Rob Fick hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the ninth. The loss, the Marlins' first in eight games, cut Florida's wild-card lead to 1 1/2 games over Philadelphia. Florida starts a three-game series at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Phillies 10, Pirates 7
PITTSBURGH Jim Thome drove in three runs as Philadelphia opened a 10-1 lead in the third and held on.
Randy Wolf (15-9) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to win his third straight decision and had two hits. Former Pirates closer Mike Williams pitched the ninth for his 27th save his third in five chances since Pittsburgh traded him.
Salomon Torres (5-5) gave up seven runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Dodgers 5, Padres 2
LOS ANGELES Hideo Nomo (16-11) tied a career high with his 16th victory as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.
Nomo (16-11), who hadn't pitched since Sept. 1 because of rotator cuff inflammation, allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. league-leading 51st save.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 0
PHOENIX Randy Johnson (5-8) pitched his first shutout in exactly one year, striking out a season-high 12.
Giants 5, Brewers 4
SAN FRANCISCO Todd Linden hit a bases-loaded single in the 11th off Leo Estrella (6-3) as San Francisco reduced its magic number for clinching the NL West to five.
Expos 7, Mets 3
MONTREAL Vladimir Guerrero hit for the cycle in four straight at-bats, completing it with a two-run homer in the seventh off Dan Wheeler. Guerrero doubled off Tom Glavine (9-13) in the second, singled in the third and hit an RBI triple that put Montreal ahead for good in the fifth.
DETROIT The Tigers became the first team in 34 years to lose 110 games in one season as Kansas City beat Detroit 7-2 Sunday behind three RBIs from Angel Berroa.
Angels 2, Mariners 1
SEATTLE The Seattle Mariners missed a chance to take over the AL wild-card lead when Tim Salmon hit a run-scoring single and Scott Spiezio followed with an RBI double in the eighth inning for the Anaheim Angels.
White Sox 7, Red Sox 2
BOSTON Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and Carlos Lee drove in three runs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox to remain tied for the AL Central lead.
Devil Rays 5, Yankees 2
NEW YORK Marlon Anderson's two-out single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took advantage of a throwing error by Enrique Wilson and New York's shaky bullpen to beat the Yankees.
Twins 5, Indians 3
CLEVELAND Doug Mientkiewicz hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins overcame a bizarre injury to right fielder Michael Ryan to defeat the Cleveland Indians.
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO Matt Riley returned to the major leagues after a four-year absence and got his first career win, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Athletics 6, Rangers 5
ARLINGTON, Texas Eric Chavez drew a bases-loaded walk to cap Oakland's three-run seventh as the Athletics for their sixth straight win.
Oakland has a 3 1/2-game lead in the AL West over Seattle.
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