MLB: Delgadoís late single lifts Mets
NEW YORK ó Carlos Delgado tied his career high with five hits, the last a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth that gave New York a 5-4 victory over Atlanta on Thursday night.
David Wright hit a one-out double off Vladimir Nunez, and Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked before Delgado hit a liner to left. Omar Infante slipped as he tried to track down the drive, and the ball glanced off his glove. Wright, who briefly stopped before third when he thought Infante might catch it, scored easily as the Mets poured out of the dugout.
The Mets increased their NL East lead to 21/2 games over Philadelphia.
Yunel Escobar homeered and Brian McCann hit a two-run double for Atlanta, which has lost five straight.
Dodgers 3, Rockies 1
LOS ANGELES ó Derek Lowe allowed one run in 61/3 innings, and James Loney homered and had two RBIs as Los Angeles salvaged the finale of a three-game series.
Matt Kemp hit a two-out double in the fifth and scored on Andre Ethierís single to put the Dodgers ahead for good.
Nationals 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA ó Austin Kearns hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth, and Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak.
The Phillies blew an eighth-inning lead for the third time in nine days.
Ryan Madson (3-2) couldnít protect a one-run lead after Carlos Ruiz put Philadelphia ahead with a solo homer in the seventh.
Cubs 3, Reds 2
CHICAGO ó Carlos Zambrano earned his 13th victory on the fourth try and homered to lift Chicago.
Zambrano (13-5) allowed a run and six hits in seven innings, including a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the sixth. The Cubsí ace had two no-decisions and a loss in his previous three starts, giving up 17 hits and 15 earned runs in 151/3 innings.
He won for the first time since July 29 and ran his record against the Reds to 4-0 this season and 14-9 for his career.
Zambrano hit his fourth homer of the season ó and fifth of his career against the Reds ó to put Chicago up 3-0 in the third.
The victory extended the Cubsí lead in the NL Central to 51/2 games over idle Milwaukee.
Joey Vottoís 15th homer, a towering shot off reliever Carlos Marmol in the eighth, brought the Reds within 3-2. Kerry Wood worked a perfect ninth for his 26th save.
Giants 4, Marlins 3
SAN FRANCISCO ó Emmanuel Burriss scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning for San Francisco.
Burriss drew a one-out walk from closer Kevin Gregg (6-6), stole second and took third on a fly out. Pinch-hitter Bengie Molina was intentionally walked, but Greggís first pitch to Fred Lewis skipped past catcher John Baker, allowing Burriss to score standing up.
San Francisco improved to 19-13 against the NL East, the only division the Giants have a winning record against this season.
Blue Jays 14, Yankees 3
TORONTO ó Roy Halladay beat the Yankees for the third straight time, Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer and Toronto handed New York its worst loss of the season.
New Yorkís previous worst loss was 12-2 at home to Baltimore on May 20.
Halladay (15-9) improved to 13-5 in 30 career games against the Yankees.
Indians 10, Royals 3
CLEVELAND ó Cliff Lee won his AL-leading 18th victory and Grady Sizemore had a career-high seven RBIs for Cleveland.
Lee (18-2) won his seventh straight decision, and he leads the league in ERA (2.43).
Sizemore had a three-run triple in the second, a run-scoring single in the sixth and a three-run homer in the eighth.