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Padres 4, Giants 3
At San Francisco, Chase Headley homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and San Diego dropped the Giants three games behind Colorado in the NL wild-card race.
Luke Gregerson (1-3) recorded the final out of the seventh for his first major league win. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 36th save.
Rockies 3, Reds 1
At Denver, Jason Marquis scattered four hits over 7 1-3 innings and Eric Young Jr. hit his first major league homer for Colorado.
The win was the fifth straight by the Rockies, and moved the NL wild-card leaders 19 games above .500 (79-60) for the first time in franchise history.
Braves 2, Astros 1
At Houston, Javier Vazquez struck out nine in seven shutout innings and Atlanta snapped a five-game losing streak.
Vazquez (12-9) allowed three hits and Rafael Soriano gave up a run in the ninth but earned his 22nd save as the Braves snapped Houston's four-game winning streak.
Marlins 4, Mets 2
At New York, Hanley Ramirez and Cameron Maybin hit long two-run homers as Florida kept up its surprising playoff push.
The Marlins remained six games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East and 5 1/2 games behind Colorado for the NL wild card.
Brian Sanches (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Leo Nunez got three outs for his 19th save.
Cubs 9, Pirates 4
At Pittsburgh, Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Kosuke Fukudome had two-run hits in a record-tying first inning and Chicago handed Pittsburgh its 11th loss in 12 games.
The Cubs tied a major league record with eight consecutive hits to start the game. No team had done it since the New York Yankees against Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1990.
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