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Royals rally for 26 runs

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Royals also matched an AL record by putting 13 consecutive batters on base

AP , DETROIT, MICHIGANAP, PITTSBURGH

Philadelphia helped its faltering playoff hopes by taking three of four games at Turner Field. The relievers certainly did their job, pitching 16 scoreless innings during the series.

Atlanta overcame a 4-0 deficit, tying it up in the fourth when Phillies center fielder Jason Michaels accidentally swatted the ball over the fence to give Charles Thomas a home run.

After an intentional walk to Bobby Abreu, Thome broke a 4-all tie with a two-run double off Ramon Colon (1-1) in the seventh. Pat Burrell homered in the eighth and doubled in another run in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Philadelphia starter Cory Lidle had a 22-inning scoreless streak until Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in the third. Lidle went five innings, giving up eight hits and all four Atlanta runs, but the bullpen picked him up.

Ryan Madson (9-2), Rheal Cormier, Felix Rodriguez and Geoff Geary held the Braves scoreless the rest of the way, each working an inning.

Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco hit consecutive homers on the first two pitches of the game from Atlanta starter Russ Ortiz. He also gave up a two-run homer to Mike Lieberthal.

Brewers 7, Reds 2

In Cincinnati, Wes Helms hit a grand slam and Brady Clark went 4-for-4 against his former team, leading Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

Doug Davis (11-10) tied his career high for wins with his first victory in seven starts.

Wily Mo Pena homered for the Reds, who have lost four straight and nine of 10. Gabe White (1-2) took the loss.

Rockies 9, Padres 7

In Denver, Todd Helton had three RBIs and Aaron Miles hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to send Colorado past San Diego.

Ramon Hernandez had three RBIs and Khalil Greene hit his 12th homer for San Diego, which got 14 hits but dropped 2 1/2 games behind NL wild-card leaders San Francisco and Houston. The Padres are 1-4 against the fourth-place Rockies the past week and have lost seven of 10 overall.

Royce Clayton had three hits, and Jorge Piedra went 3-for-3 and scored four runs as a last-minute replacement for Jeromy Burnitz.

Javier Lopez (1-2) earned the win. Shawn Chacon worked the ninth for his 34th save in 42 chances.

Scott Linebrink (7-2) allowed two runs in two innings.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3

In Los Angeles, Steve Finley homered twice, and Jose Lima earned his first win in a month for Los Angeles.

Finley snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a solo homer, then hit a two-run shot in the sixth to help the Dodgers extend their NL West lead to five games over idle San Francisco.

Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 40 opportunities

The Diamondbacks, losers of seven straight, finished 3-16 against the Dodgers this season, including losses in 12 of their last 13 meetings.

Lima (12-5) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked one to win for the first time since Aug. 10.

Edgar Gonzalez (0-9) couldn't get out of the fifth, but his ERA fell from 9.64 to 9.32.

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