Ryan Dempster (6-2) yielded six hits and five runs while failing to get out of the fourth inning, ending his five-start winning streak.
AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
Yovani Gallardo gave up just two hits over 6-2/3 innings and the surging Milwaukee Brewers dropped the weary Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Gallardo (16-8) struck out six and walked four to win his eighth straight decision as Milwaukee moved in front of fading Pittsburgh in the jumbled National League wild-card race. The teams entered the day 2.5 games back of the Cardinals, who played Houston later.
Ryan Braun had two hits, drove in a run and stole three bases for the Brewers, who have won six of seven. Milwaukee’s seven stolen bases were the most by the franchise since they moved to the National League in 1998. Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy had three hits apiece for the Brewers.
A.J. Burnett (15-8) gave up two runs in six innings, but could not stop Pittsburgh’s late season swoon. The Pirates are 4-12 this month.
CARDINALS 4, ASTROS 1
In St Louis, Missouri, Kyle Lohse threw seven scoreless innings for his 15th victory and contributed an RBI double as the Cardinals beat the Astros to stay in front for the second NL wild card.
Fernando Abad (0-5) had a career-best six strikeouts in the Astros’ 100th loss. They are 8-8 this month under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco and need nine wins in the final 14 games to avoid topping last season’s franchise-record 106 losses.
Jon Jay had two hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals, coming off a 2-5 trip, but with a favorable upcoming schedule with the next eight against lowly Houston and Chicago. With 14 games to play, the defending World Series champions are 1.5 games ahead of the Dodgers.
Lohse (15-3) matched his season best for victories set in 2008 with St Louis. Jason Motte worked the ninth for his 36th save in 43 chances.
GIANTS 6, ROCKIES 3
In San Francisco, California, Tim Lincecum pitched San Francisco one win closer to an NL West crown as the Giants lowered their magic number to clinch the division to seven. Lincecum (10-14) struck out six and walked two in 6-1/3 scoreless innings on a day the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers were postponed by rain in Washington.
Marco Scutaro had three singles, drove in a run and scored twice and Xavier Nady had two RBI singles for the Giants (85-63), who moved a season-high 22 games over .500.
Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer off Santiago Casilla in the eighth inning, matching the Rockies’ rookie record of 25 set by Todd Helton in 1998.
Angel Pagan extended his own San Francisco record with an RBI triple in the eighth, his major league-leading 14th.
Jeff Francis (5-6) lost consecutive starts for just the second time all season and his winless stretch reached four outings since he beat the Dodgers on Aug. 27.
MARLINS 4, BRAVES 3, 10 INNS
In Miami, Florida, Jose Reyes hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning, and Miami overcame an awful ninth inning to snap Atlanta’s four-game winning streak.
With one out in the 10th, pinch-hitter Rob Brantly was walked by Cory Gearrin (0-1), and Gorkys Hernandez was hit by a pitch. Following a strikeout, Reyes hit a blooper that fell in front of a diving Jason Heyward in right field and Brantly scored without a play.