Padres hand Pirates 3rd straight loss; Dbacks over Dodgers
APPITTSBURGH --- Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon as the San Diego Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory in the National League on Wednesday.
September 20, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
Forsythe's single to right scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner to tie it and Rivera's hit brought home Chris Denorfia as the Padres sent the Pirates to their third straight loss.
Pittsburgh fell two games behind St. Louis, which beat Colorado 4-3, for first place in the NL Central division. But the Pirates still inched closer to clinching one of the wild-card playoff spots for their first postseason berth in 21 years when Atlanta beat Washington.
Dale Thayer (3-5) picked up the win in relief. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.
Melancon (2-2), who inherited the closer's role when All-Star Jason Grilli went out with a forearm injury in July, blew his third save of the season.
Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 4 Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks blew the game open late to prevent Los Angeles from clinching the NL West division title.
Goldschmidt's opposite-field two-run shot off Stephen Fife (4-4) in the first inning moved him into the NL lead with 34 home runs.
Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run for the Dodgers, who have lost five of six and get one more chance to clinch in Arizona in the series finale Thursday.
The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez was ejected after Michael Young was called out at the plate in a close play in the sixth inning.
Brandon McCarthy (5-9) went six-plus innings to get the victory. Arizona broke open a close game with five runs in the eighth.
Braves 5, Nationals 2 Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning as the Braves rallied past the Nationals to close in on the NL East division title.
Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves ended a three-game losing streak. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.
Kameron Loe (1-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta's seventh pitcher, rebounded from his loss Tuesday to record his 48th save.
Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 29 straight, the longest in Major League Baseball this season.
Other games on Wednesday:
Cardinals 4, Rockies 3
Marlins 4, Phillies 3, 10 Innings
Mets 5, Giants 4
Brewers 7, Cubs 0