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Giants 9, Padres 4
At San Francisco, Brad Penny dazzled in his home debut and Juan Uribe homered twice, tripled and had 5 RBIs to help the Giants remain two games behind Colorado in the wild-card race.
Penny (2-0) didn't give up a hit until Will Venable's triple leading off the fifth inning. He struck out six and walked one in seven innings. Penny won at Philadelphia on Wednesday, two days after he signed with the Giants following his release by Boston.
Rockies 4, Reds 3
At Denver, Ian Stewart hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Rockies ended the Reds' seven-game winning streak.
The wild card-leading Rockies won their fourth in a row despite losing Troy Tulowitzki. The smooth-fielding shortstop left in the seventh after an RBI single because of a strained lower back and was listed as day-to-day.
Rafael Betancourt (2-1) pitched a perfect eighth, while Franklin Morales, filling in for the injured Huston Street, pitched out of a jam to pick up his fourth save in five chances. Carlos Fisher (1-1) took the loss.
Astros 4, Phillies 3
At Houston, Hunter Pence homered and drove in three runs and the Astros completed a four-game sweep.
Pence hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for the Astros, who've won eight of their last nine home games. Michael Bourn drew a bases-loaded walk from Chan Ho Park (3-3) to force home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
Wesley Wright (3-2) got the win and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth for the NL East-leading Phillies.
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