NEW YORK: Scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Miami Marlins earned a walk-off win over the Washington Nationals.
With two outs in the ninth, Miami (52-53) second baseman Jeff Baker singled to deep left off lefty reliever Jerry Blevins and the Marlins recorded their eighth win in nine games.
Washington (57-46) led 6-0 with two outs in the seventh inning but let it get away. The Nationals’ lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East is down to a half-game.
Rookie right-hander Jake Odorizzi delivered another strong outing as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The 24-year-old had outdueled Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in his previous start and yesterday outlasted Brewers veteran Kyle Lohse, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings.
James Loney hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to lift Tampa Bay (52-54) to their 10th win in their last 11 games, continuing a surge back into play-off contention.
The Rays moved to within seven games of the idle AL East-leading Orioles.
The Brewers (59-48), who lead the NL Central, are on a tough six-game road trip against Tampa Bay and St Louis.
Evan Gattis homered leading off the seventh inning to break up a scoreless duel between Ervin Santana and San Diego fill-in starter Jason Lane, and the Braves defeated the Padres 2-0.
Santana (10-6) allowed five hits in eight innings, walked none and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts.
Atlanta (58-48) pulled to within a half-game of Washington in the NL East.
Brett Oberholtzer tossed a solid outing and the Houston Astros backed him with four home runs in a win over the Major League-best Oakland Athletics in an emphatic fashion.
Oberholtzer (3-7) surrendered three runs over 6 2/3 innings to left field in the seventh inning. The Astros (43-63) snapped a five-game losing streak while the Athletics (65-40) failed to match the franchise record of 66 wins through 105 games set in 1971 and matched four years later.