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Reds edge Nationals after delay

– Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking RBI double with two out in the 12th inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat Washington 4-2 on Wednesday night after the Nationals rallied in the ninth inning after a long rain delay.

Jay Bruce led off the 12th with a walk and Alex Gonzalez reached when Ron Villone (3-1) botched his sacrifice attempt. Bruce moved to third on a passed ball.

Jason Bergmann got Ryan Hanigan to ground into a double play but Gomes followed with his clutch hit into left field. Jerry Hairston Jr. added an RBI single.

Nick Masset (4-0) pitched two innings for the win and David Weathers finished for his first save.

PHILLIES 5, METS 4, 11 inn.: Chase Utley led off the 11th inning with his second homer of the game, moments after right fielder Jayson Werth saved Philadelphia with a diving catch in New York.

Utley’s third homer in two nights that nestled into the right-field corner at spacious Citi Field came on the second pitch from Bobby Parnell (2-1), handing the hard-throwing rookie his first big league loss.

Philadelphia rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the seventh.

Chan Ho Park (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win. Subbing for injured closer Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson got three quick outs for his third save.

CARDINALS 13, MARLINS 4: Rick Ankiel finished a single shy of the cycle and Colby Rasmus also hit a home run in Miami as St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak.

The Cardinals scored their season high in runs on 18 hits. It was the most runs scored by St. Louis since Aug. 18, 2008, at Atlanta in an 18-3 win.

Brendan Ryan went a career-best 4 for 4, all singles, scored twice and drove in a run, while Tyler Greene had a career-high three hits.

Adam Wainwright (6-4) gave up four runs and four hits over seven innings to break a personal two-game losing streak.

Chris Volstad (4-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in losing his third in a row.

ROCKIES 4, BREWERS 2: Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe hit home runs in Milwaukee, and Jorge De La Rosa finally beat his old team, lifting Colorado to its seventh consecutive win.

It is the Rockies’ longest streak since they won 11 in a row in September 2007. That run helped propel them to the playoffs and eventually the World Series before being swept by Boston.

The Rockies improved to 9-4 under manager Jim Tracy since he took over for Clint Hurdle.

PIRATES 3, BRAVES 2: Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, and Jeff Karstens pitched well in his new role to lead Pittsburgh past host Atlanta.

Charlie Morton was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start against his former team, but the Pirates’ right-hander lasted only one inning before a tight left hamstring ended his night.

Pittsburgh turned to Karstens (3-4), who was bumped to the bullpen by Morton’s promotion. The former starter gave up one run in 4 2/3 innings to earn the win, snapping Pittsburgh’s three-game losing streak.

GIANTS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4: Bengie Molina hit a homer and drove in three runs in Phoenix, and Brian Wilson struck out the side for his seventh consecutive save for San Francisco.

Molina hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning as the Giants took a 5-1 lead against Doug Davis (3-7). Molina added an RBI single in the ninth.

Wilson struck out the top of the Diamondbacks’ order – Felipe Lopez, Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton – to record his 16th save in 19 chances and lock up the victory for Barry Zito (3-6), who went five shaky innings.

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