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Giants win, pull level with Padres in NL West

Giants win, pull level with Padres in NL West

The San Francisco Giants pulled into a virtual tie with the San Diego Padres atop the National League West with a 1-0 victory on Friday.
The Padres (79-61) hold the slimmest possible lead over the Giants (80-62), .564-.563. The Colorado Rockies are just 2-1/2 back after winning their eighth straight, against Arizona. Both a San Diego and San Francisco are also just one game behind Atlanta in the wild-card race.
The sole run came in the seventh when San Diego shortstop Miguel Tejada tried to throw out Aubrey Huff at third instead of going for the out at first. Huff made his ground to load the bases and scored on Juan Uribe's grounder.
Giants reliever Santiago Casilla (7-2) took the win, and Brian Wilson finished for a five-outs save _ his career-high 42nd in 46 chances.
Clayton Richard (12-7) took the loss.
Braves 8, Cardinals 6
In Atlanta, the hosts scored six runs in the sixth inning, sending 10 hitters to the plate and taking advantage of a dropped fly ball to beat St. Louis.
The win kept the Braves one game behind NL East leader Philadelphia and with a tenuous hold on the wild-card.
Atlanta fell behind 4-1, including two RBIs from St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter (15-6), who had a run-scoring single and the second homer of his career.
Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad got the big inning started with the first of four straight hits off Carpenter.
Braves reliever Peter Moylan (6-2) won with a scoreless sixth.
Phillies 8, Mets 4
In New York, Roy Halladay earned his 18th victory, the most by a Philadelphia pitcher in 27 years, and hit a two-run single to lead the Phillies past New York.
Halladay (18-10) allowed eight hits in 7 2-3 innings, becoming the Phillies' top winner since John Denny posted 19 in 1983.
Mets starter Jenrry Mejia (0-4) remained winless as a big leaguer.
Dodgers 4, Astros 2, 11 innings
In Houston, Jay Gibbons hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning as Los Angeles edged Houston to end a six-game slide.
Matt Kemp singled before Gibbons connected against Fernando Abad (0-1), hitting a drive over the wall in right-center. Gibbons also had a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth that gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.
L.A.'s Octavio Dotel (3-3) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win.
Houston lost its first game in four.
Rockies 13, Diamondbacks 4
In Denver, Troy Tulowitzki homered twice as Colorado picked up its season-high eight straight win, downing Arizona.
Tulowitzki went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and scored four times in his third career multihomer game. He has eight homers in his past eight games _ a span in which he's batting .444 (16 for 36) _ and reached 20 homers in a season for the third time in his career.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (7-4) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings, including three outs in the fourth, and fanned at least one batter in each of the innings he pitched in winning his third consecutive decision.
Colorado capitalized on an erratic outing by Arizona's Joe Saunders (2-5), who gave up seven runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Marlins 3, Nationals 1
In Washington, Alex Sanabia (4-2) pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings to guide Florida past Washington.
Sanabia (4-2) will start a three-game suspension Saturday for his part in a fight between these teams that caused Major League Baseball to discipline six players, both managers and a coach.
Before the game, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension, as did Nationals reliever Doug Slaten.
Nationals starter John Lannan (7-7) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings.
Reds 4, Pirates 3, 12 innings
In Cincinnati, Francisco Cordero blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but Cincinnati recovered to beat Pittsburgh in 12.
The NL Central leaders narrowly avoided losing a sixth straight game, but their win and St. Louis' loss pushed the Reds' lead in the NL Central out to six games.
Pirates pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma (0-2) gave up a single, a hit batter, then another single to load the bases in the 12th. Jonny Gomes then hit a soft grounder to shortstop, whose low throw to the plate was dropped by the catcher, allowing the winning run. The drop was later ruled to be an error.
Jordan Smith (2-2) retired the last two batters in the top of the 12th to take the win.
Cubs 4, Brewers 0
In Milwaukee, Carlos Zambrano (8-6) pitched 8 2-3 scoreless innings and struck out nine to lead Chicago past Milwaukee.
Zambrano has won five straight since returning to the rotation Aug. 9 after a suspension for a dugout outburst in June. He also had three hits and drove in a run.
Brewers starter Dave Bush (7-12) gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings. Three Milwaukee errors led to two unearned runs.


Updated : 2021-05-18 18:32 GMT+08:00