MIAMI — Anibal Sanchez allowed two hits in eight innings to beat Philadelphia for the first time in five career decisions, and the Florida Marlins’ 3-0 victory gave them a doubleheader split Tuesday.
Joe Blanton gave up two hits in seven shutout innings to outpitch Marlins ace Josh Johnson in the first game, which Philadelphia won 9-3. That reduced to five the Phillies’ magic number for clinching the NL East.
Sanchez (3-7) struck out seven and walked two in his longest outing since Sept. 16, 2006. The right-hander, spent two stints on the disabled list this year with shoulder sprains.
Jamie Moyer (12-10), who had won his previous eight games in Miami, allowed three runs — including a pair of solo homers — in seven innings.
PITTSBURGH — Scott Rolen had three hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto had three doubles and scored three runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh, clinching the Pirates’ third straight last-place finish in the NL Central.
Pittsburgh (56-93) lost for the 21st time in 24 games, the Pirates’ worst stretch since they lost 24 of 28 from July 13-Aug. 15, 1985.
Andrew McCutchen homered and had two RBIs and Garrett Jones and Lastings Milledge had three hits each for Pittsburgh, which has lost four straight, seven of eight and 12 of 14.
WASHINGTON — Rafael Furcal drove in four runs, Hiroki Kuroda allowed four hits over six innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers had two big innings in a victory over the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers’ sixth win in seven games lowered their magic number for clinching a postseason berth to three. Los Angeles would win its second straight NL West title for the first time since 1977-78 with any combination of Dodger wins and Colorado losses totaling seven.
NEW YORK — Jair Jurrjens dominated a feeble New York Mets lineup again and Yunel Escobar hit a two-run single, sending the Atlanta Braves to a victory.
The surging Braves kept up their late playoff charge, though their chances for a postseason spot are slim. Atlanta began the day five games behind Colorado for the NL wild card and eight back of first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.