Braves even with Cards for NL 1st seed
APATLANTA -- Jason Heyward had a career-high five hits, including a leadoff home run, and Atlanta rode a five-run first inning to a 7-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.
September 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The win pulled the Braves even with idle St. Louis at 94-65 for the best record in the National League with three games to play. The Braves won the season series against the Cardinals and would win the NL's No. 1 seed if the teams finish tied.
Rookie David Hale (1-0) got his first major league win in his second career start, allowing one run in six innings while striking out five. Phillies rookie Tyler Cloyd (2-7) took the loss after giving up seven runs and eight hits in one inning.
Evan Gattis had two hits and three RBIs for the Braves.
Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 4 for the Phillies, who have lost seven of eight.
Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2, 11 Innings Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single in the 11th inning for San Diego.
Tommy Medica led off the 11th with a swinging bunt down the third-base line for an infield single. Jesus Guzman batted for reliever Nick Vincent (6-3) and hit a ground-rule double that center fielder A.J. Pollock misplayed.
Josh Collmenter (5-5) intentionally walked Nick Hundley to load the bases, and Amarista slapped a single through a drawn-in infield.
Arizona's Trevor Cahill, who had won five straight starts, worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits.
Padres starter Robbie Erlin allowed two runs, three hits and a walk while striking out seven in seven innings.
The Diamondbacks tied the score in the fourth inning when Martin Prado hit his 14th homer of season. Paul Goldschmidt led off the inning with a single.
After the homer, Padres pitchers retired 24 straight batters.