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Huff, Posey lead Giants' homer barrage

 San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain throws to the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Thursday, Sep...
 San Francisco Giants' Juan Uribe celebrates his solo home run in the dugout against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a baseball game ...
 San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jon Garland wipes his face after giving up a run to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball ...

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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain throws to the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Thursday, Sep...

Giants Padres Baseball

San Francisco Giants' Juan Uribe celebrates his solo home run in the dugout against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a baseball game ...

Giants Padres Baseball

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jon Garland wipes his face after giving up a run to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball ...

Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey each hit a two-run homer as the San Francisco Giants beat San Diego 7-3 Thursday night to pull within one game of the NL West-leading Padres.
Matt Cain took a three-hitter into the ninth in the opener of the four-game showdown between the rivals, who also will meet in a season-ending, three-game series at San Francisco from Oct. 1-3. San Francisco is one behind Atlanta in the wild-card race.
Cain (11-10) allowed David Eckstein's leadoff single in the ninth followed by Ryan Ludwick's homer to straightaway center, leading manager Bruce Bochy to turn to Javier Lopez and Ramon Ramirez to finish. Cain struck out eight and walked one.
It was the Giants' third win in 12 games against San Diego this season. The Giants have two more losses than the Padres, who have played two fewer games than San Francisco.
San Francisco has won eight of 11 while the Padres have lost 11 of 14.
Jon Garland (13-11) allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings for San Diego.
Cardinals 11, Braves 4
At Atlanta, Colby Rasmus hit a pair of homers, Albert Pujols and Skip Schumaker also connected, and Adam Wainwright bounced back from a shaky first inning to lead the Cardinals to the win.
The Braves, aiming to turn things around after a poor road trip knocked them out of first place in the NL East, jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning. But the Cardinals rocked Jair Jurrjens (7-5) for five runs in the second _ capped by Schumaker's two-out, two-run drive _ and Atlanta took its sixth loss in eight games.
Rasmus went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs, matching his career high in both categories.
Atlanta dropped a full game behind idle Philadelphia in the NL East. The Cardinals won for just the fifth time in 16 games and trail first-place Cincinnati by five games in the NL Central.
Wainwright (18-10) gave up three runs and seven hits in eight innings.
Rockies 6, Reds 5
At Denver, Chris Nelson stole home in the eighth inning to send the Rockies to the four-game series sweep and their season-best seventh consecutive victory.
With one out and runners on the corners, Nelson broke for home before Nick Masset (3-4) threw his first pitch to Miguel Olivo. Inexplicably, Masset stepped off the mound, whirled to his left and toward second base.
Nelson scored easily to give the Rockies a 6-5 lead. He became the first player to take home for his first career steal since Dan Uggla of the Florida Marlins accomplished the feat on April 21, 2006, against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to STATS LLC.
Masset said he came set, stepped off the mound and initially thought Melvin Mora was going to second. He called it "a complete mistake" on his part.
Jason Giambi and Troy Tulowitzki homered for Colorado, which trailed 5-0 after two innings. Tulowitzki's tying leadoff drive in the eighth was his 18th homer and sixth in seven games.
Drew Stubbs hit a two-run shot in Cincinnati's four-run second.
Matt Belisle (7-5) recorded two outs to get win and Huston Street worked the ninth for his 17th save in 21 opportunities.
Astros 3, Dodgers 2
At Houston, rookie Chris Johnson hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning as the Astros rallied to get the victory.
Johnson, who struck out in his first two at-bats, drove a full-count pitch from Ted Lilly (8-10) to the train tracks in left field for his eight homer, erasing a two-run deficit. Hunter Pence singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and Carlos Lee walked to set up Johnson's one-out drive.
Bud Norris (7-8) struck out seven in six innings for Houston, which has won three straight.
Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Dodgers, who have dropped six straight and eight of nine.