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ATLANTA — Brian Jordan's two-out grand slam capped a seven-run rally in the ninth inning as Atlanta beat the New York Mets 8-5 Saturday to bolster the Braves' chances for a record 10th straight postseason appearance.

The NL East-leading Braves, who also beat New York on Friday, stretched their edge over the third-place Mets to five games.

Atlanta led Philadelphia by two games entering the day, but the Phillies kept pace by beating the Florida Marlins.

The Braves trailed 5-1 entering the ninth, but they rallied off relievers Armando Benitez (6-4) and John Franco.

Jordan, who hit a home run in the ninth off Benitez and another in the 11th off Jerrod Riggan in a 5-4 win last Sunday against the Mets, hit Franco's 2-0 pitch 395 feet over the left field fence before a crowd of 46,180.

GIANTS 3, PADRES 1: Barry Bonds hit his 69th home run, moving within one of Mark McGwire's record, a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that led San Francisco over San Diego.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, DODGERS 1: Luis Gonzalez hit his 55th home run and Steve Finley also homered off James Baldwin (2-6), who lost his fifth consecutive decision. Arizona has won fourth straight.

CUBS 6, ASTROS 2: Fred McGriff, Rondell White and Todd Hundley homered on successive first-inning pitches from Dave Mlicki (7-2).

CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 0: Matt Morris (21-8) allowed five hits and struck out eight in eight scoreless innings, tying Curt Schilling for the major league lead with his 21st win.

REDS 7, EXPOS 4: Robin Jennings hit a two-run homer and Ken Griffey Jr. drove in a pair of runs as Cincinnati assured Montreal of its fourth straight 90-loss season.

ROCKIES 14, BREWERS 12: Denny Neagle hit his second career grand slam, but couldn't last long enough to get the win. Terry Shumpert went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, and Jeff Cirillo had three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies, who had 16 hits.

PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 4: Pat Burrell, benched earlier in the week, hit a two-run homer off Brad Penny (9-10) and got his 18th assist, tops among NL outfielders, when he helped throw out a runner at the plate.