AP Photo/Eric Risberg San Diego Padres shortstop Alex Gonzalez misses the ball thrown by catcher Ramon Hernandez after the San Francisco Giants' Cody Ransom stole second base in the eighth inning of their game in San Francisco Sunday. The Padres' Hernandez got an error on the play. The Giants won the game, 4-2.
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SAN FRANCISCO J.T. Snow had four RBIs to lead San Francisco over the San Diego Padres 4-2 Sunday and keep the Giants a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.
Barry Bonds took most of the day off, appearing only to draw his major league-record 106th intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, then leaving for a pinch-runner with the bases loaded.
Snow followed with a two-run double to left off Akinori Otsuka to send San Francisco to its seventh victory in eight games. Snow also had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
Dustin Hermanson (6-6) got the final four outs as San Francisco won for the seventh time in eight games. Scott Linebrink (7-3) lost as the Padres fell 3 1/2 games back of the Giants.
Cubs 5, Reds 1
CINCINNATI Moises Alou hit a tiebreaking two-run double off Danny Graves (1-6) in the ninth as the Cubs got their sixth win in seven games.
Neifi Perez opened the inning with a bunt and reached when third baseman Ryan Freel's throw pulled first baseman Sean Casey off the bag for an error. Reds manager Dave Miley was ejected for the third time this season when he threw his cap to the ground while arguing the call with first-base umpire Jim Reynolds.
Marlins 3, Braves 0
MIAMI Ismael Valdez (13-8) allowed two hits in six innings, Jeff Conine drove in all three runs and Florida averted a series sweep, remaining 4 1/2 games behind San Francisco.
The announced attendance was 41,525, the Marlins' largest home crowd since April 10.
Conine broke up a scoreless duel in the sixth against Russ Ortiz (14-9) with a two-run homer, then singled home an unearned run in the eighth. Armando Benitez completed the three-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 43rd save, matching a career high. The shutout was the 14th for Florida, most in the majors.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 6
DENVER Shawn Green homered on a two-out, 0-2 pitch off Shawn Chacon (1-9) in the ninth, and Los Angeles overcame a five-run deficit for the second time in three games to maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over second-place San Francisco in the NL West. Six of its final 13 games are against the Giants.
Yhency Brazoban (2-0) pitched one inning, and Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.
Diamondbacks 3, Cardinals 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) Rick Ankiel, who has battled wildness and injury, pitched two hitless innings with one walk and four strikeouts striking out the side in the fifth on 14 pitches. It was his first outing at Busch Stadium since May 10, 2001.
A day after the Cardinals clinched their third NL Central title in five seasons, Larry Walker hit a two-run homer, but Scott Hairston's two-run single overcame a 2-1 deficit.
Michael Gosling won in his first big league decision by allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Greg Aquino worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan (15-8) and his bullpen combined on a three-hitter.
Phillies 7, Expos 2
PHILADELPHIA Kevin Millwood, sidelined since Aug. 5 because of a sprained ligament and tendon in his right elbow, allowed one run and three hits in two innings.
Gavin Floyd (2-0) won despite allowing four hits and five walks in three innings.
Pirates 1, Mets 0 (Game 1) Pirates 6, Mets 1 (Game 2)
PITTSBURGH Jason Bay hit a two-run homer off former-teammate Kris Benson (12-12) to set a team rookie record with 24, and Dave Williams (2-1) pitched six shutout innings as Pittsburgh completed a doubleheader sweep.
The Pirates won the opener 1-0 on Humberto Cota's homer off Aaron Heilman (1-2) and a combined three-hitter by Ryan Vogelsong (6-12), Salomon Torres and Jose Mesa, who got his 40th save.
Astros 1, Brewers 0
HOUSTON Roger Clemens could scarcely contain his glee, practically skipping off the mound and pumping his fist after his final strikeout of the night.
The Astros had plenty to celebrate after the Rocket's 328th win. Houston beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 Sunday night to complete a three-game sweep and remain a game behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.
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