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Phillies edge Braves 3-2, build NL East lead

Phillies edge Braves 3-2, build NL East lead

Philadelphia's Ross Gload hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win over Atlanta on Wednesday, increasing their lead over the Braves in the National League East division to 10-1/2 games.
The major league-leading Phillies closed in on their fifth straight division title. They are 43 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history.
However the win may come at a cost, as five-time All-Star Chase Utley left the game for precautionary reasons for a possible concussion, two innings after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch.
In the bottom of the ninth, Raul Ibanez drew a one-out walk off Peter Moylan (1-1). Carlos Ruiz followed with a single then Gload ripped a hard ground ball down the right-field line to score Ibanez.
Philadelphia's Ryan Madson (4-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Cardinals 2, Brewers 0
In St. Louis, Chris Carpenter pitched his first shutout in two years to guide St. Louis past Milwaukee.
Rafael Furcal hit a solo homer for the Cardinals, who moved within 8-1/2 games of the first-place Brewers in the NL Central with 19 games to play. The Cardinals are 6-1/2 games behind Atlanta in the wild card race, with the Braves coming to St. Louis on Friday for a three-game series.
The benches and bullpens emptied in the top of the ninth after Carpenter (9-9) struck out Nyjer Morgan. The two had words and Morgan headed toward the mound before being restrained by teammate Prince Fielder. No punches were thrown and Morgan was ejected.
Padres 3, Giants 1
In San Diego, Aaron Harang threw seven strong innings as San Diego dealt another blow to San Francisco's fading playoff hopes.
The Giants, who have 19 games left, came into the game trailing NL West-leading Arizona by six games.
Cameron Maybin had two hits and an RBI while Will Venable hit a solo homer for the Padres.
Mets 1, Marlins 0
In Miami, R.A. Dickey blanked Florida for seven innings, pitching New York past Florida.
Jose Reyes led off the game with a single and scored on a double by Lucas Duda and that was enough for the victory. The Mets won despite having only five hits.
Dickey (8-11) and two relievers held the Marlins to five hits also.
It was the last game New York will play in the stadium before the Marlins relocate to a new park next season, and Wednesday's win meant the Mets finished with a 75-74 win-loss record against their divisional rival at that park.
Florida starter Brad Hand (1-6) allowed three hits in six innings.
Pirates 5, Astros 4
In Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen homered twice as Pittsburgh edged Houston.
McCutchen hit a solo homer in the first after Houston had taken a 3-0 lead and a three-run shot in the fifth to tie the game 4-4.
Jason Jaramillo hit the winner in the eighth, getting a single that scored Chase d'Arnaud, giving manager Clint Hurdle his 600th career victory.
The Pirates' bullpen combined for 5 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, with Tony Watson (2-2) getting the final out in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan working a perfect ninth for his 36th save.
The Astros have lost five of six.