Braves hook Marlins 6-1, Freeman homers
APMIAMI -- Freddy Garcia earned his second NL victory since 2007, and first since joining the Atlanta Braves last month, by pitching six innings to help beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Thursday.
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Freddie Freeman had three hits on his 24th birthday, including his 20th home run. Chris Johnson had three hits to raise his average to .330.
Closing in on their first NL East title since 2005, the Braves reduced their magic number to six.
Garcia (1-1) allowed five hits and one run. He was making a spot start in place of rookie left-hander Alex Wood, whose turn was skipped to give him a breather.
Three relievers completed a seven-hitter.
The crowd of 15,274 was the Marlins' smallest at home since July 1. They are last in the NL in attendance.
Brian Flynn (0-1), making his second major-league start, allowed six runs in four innings.
Pirates 3, Cubs 1 Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months as Pittsburgh beat Chicago to move into a tie for the NL Central lead.
Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight and pull even with St. Louis at 85-61. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth for his 14th save.
Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with an RBI double for Pittsburgh. Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each added an RBI single.
Chris Rusin (2-4) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings for the Cubs.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 Tyler Thornburg threw six solid innings, Sean Halton homered and Milwaukee snapped St. Louis' five-game winning streak.
The Brewers beat the Cardinals for only the fourth time in 16 meetings this season.
Thornburg (2-1), making his eighth career start, gave up two runs and three hits. He spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville, going 0-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 15 starts.
Jim Henderson earned his 25th save in 29 opportunities.
Halton, who had three RBIs, hit a two-run homer off Joe Kelly (8-4) in the fourth to put Milwaukee up 4-0.
Dodgers 3, Giants 2, 10 Innings Adrian Gonzalez singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give Los Angeles a victory over San Francisco.
The Dodgers reduced their magic number to five for clinching their first NL West title since 2009. They won for the seventh time in eight games against the rival Giants.