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17 hits lift Reds to victory

– The Cincinnati Reds tied a season high with 17 hits. The last one proved to be their biggest.

Ryan Ludwick hit a go-ahead single in the 11th inning to lift the Reds to a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

“That was a big one for us,” Ludwick said. “That’s a team fighting to spoil people probably and they gave us all we could handle for three straight days. Just to be able to get that one was very important.

Jonathan Broxton came on to pitch the bottom of the 11th for his second save with the Reds.

CARDINALS 5, DODGERS 2: In Los Angeles, Jon Jay hit a go-ahead RBI double during a three-run 12th inning as St. Louis split of a four-game series against Los Angeles to regain sole possession of the second NL wild card spot.

Rookie Shelby Miller (1-0) pitched one inning for his first major league victory.

DIAMONDBACKS 10, GIANTS 2: In Phoenix, rookie Patrick Corbin pitched a career-long eight innings and drove in four runs with a triple and single. Justin Upton had a solo homer and two-run double as the Diamondbacks averted a three-game Giants sweep. Corbin (6-7) scattered eight hits, striking out five and walking one.

CUBS 13, PIRATES 9: In Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and drove in six. Rizzo hit a two-run shot in a four-run fifth inning, then capped a five-run sixth with his first career grand slam to seize the lead for Chicago. The six RBI are a career-high, and it was also the 23-year-old’s first multihomer game.

ASTROS 7, PHILLIES 6: In Houston, Justin Maxwell hit a two-run double and Matt Dominguez added a two-run single in Houston’s four-run seventh inning. Philadelphia lost three of four against Houston to fall 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the National League wild card race.

BREWERS 3, METS 0: In Milwaukee, Ryan Braun hit two home runs and rookie pitcher Wily Peralta gave up two singles in eight innings. The reigning most valuable player now has 201 home runs in his career, as Milwaukee won for the 20th time in its last 26 games to remain 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot. The left fielder leads the league with a career-high 40 homers. Peralta (2-0) struck out five and walked one in his third start.

PADRES 12, ROCKIES 11: In San Diego, rookie Yonder Alonso singled in the winning run in the ninth to cap a wild offensive affair. Colorado scored six times in the eighth to tie the game on rookie Josh Rutledge’s grand slam.

BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 1: In Atlanta, Mike Minor threw six strong innings, Dan Uggla broke it open with a two-run single and Atlanta denied Gio Gonzalez his 20th win, completing a sweep of first-place Washington.

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