ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves took another wrenching loss in their September swoon, squandering an early two-run lead against Cliff Lee as the playoff-bound Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 4-2 victory Monday night.
Lee (17-8) pitched six strong innings, Jimmy Rollins homered and Raul Ibanez drove in two runs, leading the NL East champions past their division rivals to start the final series of the regular season.
The Braves lost their third in a row and seventh in the last 10 games. Their September record dropped to 9-16, sending a margin that had been 81/2 games three weeks ago to the verge of being totally wiped out.
REDS 6, METS 5: At New York, Chris Heisey hit a go-ahead, three-run homer just moments after making a diving catch and the Reds held off the Mets. Jose Reyes had three hits for the Mets to take over the NL batting lead, but his baserunning blunder in the eighth inning cost them a chance to tie the game.
ASTROS 5, CARDINALS 4 (10 INNINGS): At Houston, St. Louis missed out on a chance to join Atlanta atop the wild-card standings when Brian Bogusevic scored on Angel Sanchez's bunt in the 10th inning. St. Louis rallied from three runs down to force extra innings, but Bogusevic doubled off Octavio Dotel (3-3) in the 10th and advanced on Jason Bourgeois' bunt. Sanchez then dropped a bunt in front of the plate, and Bogusevic charged home as Dotel mishandled his attempt to flip the ball to catcher Yadier Molina with his glove.
NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 4: At Miami, Michael Morse hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning to cap Washington's rally. The homer came off Edward Mujica (9-6), who was trying to earn the first save for the Marlins since closer Leo Nunez returned last week to his native Dominican Republic and admitted playing under an assumed name. With two games remaining, the Nationals franchise (79-80) still has a chance at its first winning season since 2003.
PIRATES 9, BREWERS 8: At Milwaukee, Alex Presley homered to lead off the game and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Pirates snapped a 12-game skid in Milwaukee. Presley finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs and closer Joel Hanrahan held on for his 40th save to give Pittsburgh its fourth win in 40 tries over the last five years at Miller Park. Milwaukee (94-66) failed in its first chance to tie the franchise's all-time mark for wins at 95.
DODGERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2: At Phoenix, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer, Dana Eveland pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and the Dodgers notched their fourth straight win.
PADRES 2, CUBS 0: At San Diego, Mat Latos took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out nine in seven innings as it was the 10th shutout for the Padres and the 10th time the Cubs were shut out.
GIANTS 3, ROCKIES 1: At San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong threw seven shutout innings and Mike Fontenot tripled in two runs. Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill, who also had an RBI, each added two hits for the Giants, who ended a four-game losing streak.