MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Rollins hit his 21st home run of the season, Ryan Howard tied Prince Fielder for the major league RBI lead and the Philadelphia Phillies took another step toward clinching the NL East title with a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Ryan Madson got four outs for his ninth save as a struggling bullpen finally came through for the Phillies, who cut their magic number to three. Any combination of Phillies wins or Braves losses equaling three would give Philadelphia its third consecutive division crown.
MIAMI — Pat Misch pitched an eight-hitter for the first complete game of his career, and the New York Mets spoiled the Florida Marlins’ home finale by winning.
Jeff Francoeur hit his 14th home run with one on and robbed Chris Coghlan of a homer in right field.
WASHINGTON — The Atlanta Braves scored three in the top of the 10th inning, keeping up their late-season surge and completing a sweep of the Washington Nationals with a victory.
Brian McCann drove in a run with a groundout, and pinch hitter Omar Infante followed with a two-run single as the Braves ran their winning streak to six.
PITTSBURGH — Right fielder Andre Ethier misplayed Lastings Milledge’s two-run single that drove in the winning run, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for four in the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers and prevent Los Angeles from clinching the NL West title.
HOUSTON — Wandy Rodriguez pitched six solid innings, Humberto Quintero homered and the Houston Astros beat Cincinnati to snap the Reds’ six-game winning streak.
DENVER — Second baseman Clint Barmes made a diving catch to start a game-ending double play, giving Huston Street his first six-out save in three years as the Colorado Rockies held off the St. Louis Cardinals.
With the win, the Rockies remained 2 1/2 games ahead of surging Atlanta in the NL wild-card race. The Braves beat
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain pitched eight scoreless innings, Eli Whiteside had a pair of RBI doubles and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs.
Eugenio Velez, Juan Uribe and Pablo Sandoval each had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who had lost six of their last eight. San Francisco remained five games behind NL wild card-leading Colorado with six games left.
PHOENIX — Augie Ojeda had three hits and drove in three runs, Chad Tracy hit his second home run in two games and Arizona beat San Diego.