LOS ANGELES The euphoria that filled Milwaukee's dugout after a game-tying rally in the ninth inning quickly disappeared when Andre Ethier came to bat again.
Ethier hit his second homer of the game and the Los Angeles Dodgers recovered to beat the Brewers 7-5 on Sunday after Ryan Braun capped Milwaukee's error-aided comeback against Chan Ho Park with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
"Me and Matt Kemp were out there looking at each other when they tied it up, saying, 'What the heck's going on?' It's a big emotional swing, but you've got to jump right back on it and stay mentally tough in that situation," Ethier said. "We've had to come up big in some situations. And when they present themselves, don't back down. Go up there, tough it out, really grind out that at-bat and make the most of it."
The Dodgers also got homers from Kemp and Manny Ramirez to move into a first-place tie with Arizona in the NL West.
"We're certainly in a good place right now, with a lot of confidence," manager Joe Torre said. "We expect to win when we come out here. I mean, it's that intensity without being tense, which is where you really want to be. I like that type of attitude that we have right now."
ASTROS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Houston, Roy Oswalt allowed one hit in eight innings and struck out 10, outpitching Randy Johnson. Ty Wigginton hit a three-run homer off Johnson in the first inning, sending the Astros to their ninth victory in 11 games.
METS 4, PIRATES 0: At Pittsburgh, Johan Santana pitched a three-hitter for his fifth career shutout and streaking New York got home runs from Brian Schneider and Carlos Beltran. Argenis Reyes added three hits for the Mets, who have won six straight and 10 of 13. New York began the day leading the NL East by two games over Philadelphia.
PHILLIES 2, PADRES 1: At San Diego, Cole Hamels pitched eight sharp innings to snap a seven-start winless skid, Pat Burrell hit a solo homer and Philadelphia beat San Diego. Hamels (10-8) limited the Padres to one run on seven hits as he won for the first time since July 3.
CUBS 9, MARLINS 2: At Miami, two-run doubles by Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez and a three-run double by Reed Johnson sparked an eight-run seventh that rallied Chicago past Florida. Ryan Dempster (14-5) struck out 10 batters in six innings to win for the fourth time in six starts.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 3: At Cincinnati, a revived Edinson Volquez pitched seven shutout innings and traded up-and-in fastballs with counterpart Kyle Lohse, helping Cincinnati end St. Louis' four-game winning streak. St. Louis went 6-4 on its trip and got hints that its offense in coming around in time for a run at the NL wild card.
GIANTS 3, BRAVES 1: At Atlanta, Tim Lincecum pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and closer Brian Wilson got San Francisco out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, helping San Francisco beat Atlanta. Showing no bad effects from the bruised knee that forced him out of his last start, Lincecum (13-3) allowed three hits, one run and four walks while striking out 10 five with runners in scoring position.ROCKIES 7, NATIONALS 2: At Washington, Ian Stewart and Seth Smith hit three-run homers, Aaron Cook struggled through five innings for his 15th victory and Colorado beat Washington, handing the Nationals their season-high 10th straight loss.
TWINS 11, MARINERS 8: At Minneapolis, Joe Nathan left the bases loaded in the final two innings for his 33rd save. Nathan got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to complete the three-game sweep. The All-Star closer also struck out Adrian Beltre with the sacks full to end the eighth. Jason Kubel had four hits and scored four runs and Justin Morneau homered and drove in two for the Twins, who stayed tied with the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central lead.
WHITE SOX 13, ATHLETICS 1: At Oakland, Calif., Carlos Quentin hit his 34th homer and drove in four runs, Alexei Ramirez added a grand slam and Chicago won a series in Oakland for the first time in eight years. Quentin took over the major league home run lead.
BLUE JAYS 15, RED SOX 4: At Boston, Alex Rios had five hits, matching a club record with four doubles, and Toronto chased Boston ace Josh Beckett in the third inning. Adam Lind had a solo homer and four RBIs and John McDonald added three hits and three RBIs for the Blue Jays, who set a team record with 10 doubles.
YANKEES 15, ROYALS 6: At New York, Jason Giambi hit a grand slam, Alex Rodriguez sent a three-run homer bouncing into Monument Park and New York battered Brian Bannister and Kansas City to salvage a split of the 10-game season series. Cody Ransom added a two-run homer and Xavier Nady also went deep for the Yankees, who moved within five games of Boston in the wild-card race. Rodriguez finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs, and Derek Jeter went 4-for-4 and scored three times.
INDIANS 4, ANGELS 3: At Cleveland, Jeremy Sowers and two relievers cooled off Los Angeles' lineup, and Cleveland took two of three from the Angels to hand them a rare series loss. It was the Angels' first series loss to an AL opponent since a three-game sweep in Tampa Bay from May 9-11.
ORIOLES 16, TIGERS 8: At Detroit, Melvin Mora and Luke Scott hit two home runs apiece, leading Baltimore to a rout of Detroit. Mora had five hits and a career-high six RBIs, while Scott had three hits and four RBIs to pace a 22-hit outburst. Baltimore's 16 runs and 12 extra-base hits were season highs.
RAYS 7, RANGERS 4: At Arlington, Texas, B.J. Upton homered and drove in three runs in his return from a benching, Scott Kazmir allowed two runs in six innings and Tampa Bay added a game to its AL East lead. With the bases loaded in the ninth and Josh Hamilton coming to bat as the potential tying run, Rays manager Joe Maddon had the RBI leader walked to force in a run and help protect the lead.