Greg Dobbs had a pinch-hit grand slam as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Mets for the eighth straight time on Sunday, completing another sweep of New York with a 10-6 win.
The Phillies pulled within 3.5 games of first-place New York. They won 12 of 18 against the Mets this season, including a franchise-best three series sweeps.
Carlos Beltran hit a tying, three-run homer for New York, which committed six errors and matched a season high with 11 walks.
David Wright hit a solo homer in the seventh to become the third player in franchise history to reach 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season.
Mets reliever Guillermo Mota failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Pat Burrell walked, Ryan Howard reached on an error and Aaron Rowand walked before Mota was replaced.
Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 1
At Los Angeles, Edgar Gonzalez won his seventh straight decision and Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer as Arizona won the finale of a three-game series against Los Angeles.
Padres 5, Giants 1
At San Diego, Jake Peavy lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.39, struck out 10 to take over the big league lead and pitched the San Diego past San Francisco for another important win.
Cubs 4, Cardinals 2
At St. Louis, Matt Murton hit a three-run homer and Jason Marquis allowed his former team just one run while pitching into the seventh inning to lead Chicago past his former team, St. Louis.
Rockies 13, Marlins 0
At Denver, Todd Helton hit his 300th home run and Chris Iannetta also had a three-run shot as Colorado avoided being swept at home for the first time this year.
Brewers 5, Reds 2
At Milwaukee, Carlos Villanueva pitched seven scoreless innings and Joe Dillon drove in four runs, leading Milwaukee past Cincinnati.
Braves 3, Nationals 0
At Washington, Tim Hudson held Washington to seven hits in a complete game, the first by an Atlanta pitcher this season, as the Braves beat Washington to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive.
Astros 15, Pirates 3
At Houston, Josh Anderson had a five hits and drove in three runs as Houston piled up a season-high 22 hits to help Brandon Backe win for the first time in more than a year.
Jim Thome hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, becoming the 23rd player to reach 500 home runs.
The slugger drove a 3-2 pitch from reliever Dustin Moseley (4-3) to left-center, ending an 0-for-11 slump to reach the milestone.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 3
At Boston, Mariano Rivera retired David Ortiz on a popup with the bases loaded for the final out and Derek Jeter broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer that sent New York to a victory over Boston.
Tigers 6, Twins 4
At Minneapolis, Jair Jurrjens took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning in his fifth major league start, helping Detroit beat Minnesota to gain ground in the AL Central.
Royals 4, Indians 3
At Cleveland, Billy Buckner earned his first major league win, slowing Cleveland's drive toward an AL Central title by pitching Kansas City past the Indians.
Devil Rays 9, Mariners 2
At Seattle, Carlos Pena hit his 40th homer and Delmon Young had four RBIs, leading Tampa Bay past Seattle to split a four-game series.
Rangers 11, Athletics 9
At Oakland, California, Michael Young drove in a career-high seven runs as Texas beat Oakland in a game that featured a bench-clearing brawl.
Orioles 8, Blue Jays 6, 12 innings
At Toronto, Scott Moore singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, sending Baltimore to a victory over Toronto.
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