PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chase Utley homered twice and drove in four runs, and the surging Philadelphia Phillies overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Florida Marlins 10-7 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

Jimmy Rollins, Chris Coste and Utley homered during a seven-run third inning, with Coste hitting a tiebreaking three-run drive.

Philadelphia, which has won 10 of its last 12 games, leads the wild-card race by a half-game over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a game delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes by rain in the bottom of the seventh inning, Pat Burrell homered off Yusmeiro Petit just four pitches after play resumed for a 10-5 lead.

Hanley Ramirez, rookie Cody Ross, Wes Helms and Mike Jacobs homered for the Marlins, who have lost three straight and seven of nine. Florida (76-80) is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer (4-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings.

Scott Olsen (12-9) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings for Florida.

Padres 2, Pirates 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Trevor Hoffman became baseball’s career saves leader, earning No. 479 to pass Lee Smith and help the NL West-leading Padres get the win.

With the sellout crowd of 41,932 on its feet and cheering, the 38-year-old Hoffman jogged in from the bullpen, staring at the ground the whole way, with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” blaring, as it has for each of his home save opportunities since July 25, 1998.

Hoffman got his NL-leading 43rd save in 48 chances. He was mobbed by his teammates after NL batting leader Freddy Sanchez grounded out to end the game.

Clay Hensley (11-11), backed by impressive home runs from Russell Branyan and Josh Bard, struck out a career-high nine in winning his third straight start for San Diego, which leads the second-place Dodgers by 11/2 games.

Juan Perez (0-1) got the loss.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nomar Garciaparra hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers the win.

Garciaparra hit a 2-1 pitch from Luis Vizcaino (4-6) over the left-center field fence for his 19th homer of the season. It was Garciaparra who hit a two-run homer in the 10th Monday night in an 11-10 victory over San Diego after the Dodgers matched a big league record by hitting four consecutive homers in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.

The Dodgers remained 11/2 games behind the NL West-leading Padres and a half-game behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

Takashi Saito (6-2) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the victory.

Rockies 9, Braves 8

DENVER (AP) – The Braves’ streak of 14 straight postseason appearances ended with a loss to the Rockies, who got a grand slam from Matt Holliday.

Atlanta had won 14 straight division titles heading into this season but the Mets won the NL East title. The loss to the Rockies combined with the Phillies’ 10-7 win over Florida eliminated Atlanta from the wild-card race with six games left.

Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Rockies, who trailed 7-0 in the fourth inning.

Atlanta led 8-7 in the eighth but Jamey Carroll singled with one out off Tyler Yates (2-5) and Hawpe hit a 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

Jeremy Affeldt (4-1) got the win and Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.

Brewers 5, Giants 3

MILWAUKEE(AP) – Ben Sheets pitched eight solid innings, Mike Rivera hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth and the Brewers completed a four-game sweep.

The loss coupled with San Diego’s 2-1 win over the Pirates eliminated San Francisco from the NL West race. The Giants trail the Phillies by seven for the wild card with seven to go.

Sheets (6-7) yielded two runs and five hits for Milwaukee, which has won five straight.

Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances since joining the Brewers on July 28.

Matt Cain (13-11) gave up five runs and seven hits with five walks in seven innings for San Francisco. Giants slugger Barry Bonds did not play.

Giants right fielder Moises Alou picked up his 2,000th career hit with a bloop double in the second inning.

Nationals 5, Mets 1

NEW YORK (AP) – Tony Armas Jr. won for the first time in seven starts to lead the Nationals to the victory.

Armas pitched six strong innings for his first win since Aug. 18 and Ryan Zimmerman hit an RBI double for Washington, which sent the NL East champions to their seventh defeat in 10 games.

The Mets have lost four of five to Florida and Washington.

Trying to secure a spot in New York’s postseason rotation, Steve Trachsel (15-8) allowed three runs in five-plus innings.

Armas (9-12) gave up five hits, including Jose Valentin’s 18th homer. He walked none and struck out four, earning only his third win since coming off the disabled list on July 17. He had been out with a strained right forearm.

Reds 3, Cubs 2

CINCINNATI (AP) – Royce Clayton’s pinch-hit single in the ninth inning drove in Chris Denorfia and lifted the Reds to the win.

The Cubs led 2-1 in the ninth but Ryan Dempster (1-9) had his ninth blown save of the season. Pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth led off with a double and Dempster uncorked two wild pitches that allowed pinch-runner Ray Olmedo to score.

Denorfia then singled to left and moved to third on Scott Hatteberg’s base hit. Dempster issued an intentional walk to Rich Aurilia and was relieved by Scott Eyre, who gave up Clayton’s single through a drawn-in infield.

Aaron Harang (15-11) allowed six hits in his fifth complete game of the season, tied for the most in the National League.

Aramis Ramirez and Buck Coats homered for the Cubs. It was Ramirez’s career-high 37th and Coats first career homer.


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