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Atlanta's Andruw Jones goes yard against Washington during ninth-inning comeback victory on Sunday.
Atlanta's Andruw Jones goes yard against Washington during ninth-inning comeback victory on Sunday.
Nick Wass, Associated Press

Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones hit consecutive homers off closer Chad Cordero with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 9-7 victory over the Washington Nationals in Washington.

Chipper Jones' two-run shot off Cordero (2-4) erased a 7-6 deficit for Atlanta — which led 6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth before Washington scored five times.

Andruw Jones followed with his second homer of the game and 49th of the season, on an 0-2 pitch. He's homered in three straight games to break the franchise record of 47 homers shared by Hall of Famers Hank Aaron (1971) and Eddie Mathews (1953).

Macay McBride (1-0) earned his first major league victory. Kyle Farnsworth got his sixth save.

Washington rallied in the eighth after John Smoltz left with tightness in his pitching shoulder.

BREWERS 4, ASTROS 2: At Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer and Rick Helling pitched seven strong innings to lead Milwaukee.

Houston remained a half-game ahead of Florida in the wild-card race. The Astros, who failed to move a season-high 12 games over .500, begin a four-game series with the Marlins today at home. Helling (2-0) was making his fourth start of the season and got his first win as a starter. He gave up five hits and had a season-high six strikeouts.

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.

Roy Oswalt (17-12) lost for just the sixth time in 20 starts.

PHILLIES 11, MARLINS 1: At Philadelphia, Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Jon Lieber pitched seven sharp innings and Philadelphia kept its playoff push humming along with an easy win over Florida.

Kenny Lofton added a two-run triple and drove in three runs, and Jimmy Rollins scored twice and had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games for the Phillies, who are 1 1/2 games behind Houston in the wild-card race. Philadelphia won two of three in the series. The Phillies rebounded nicely from a three-game sweep by Houston. Burrell led an offense that battered the Marlins' starters and left the Phillies feeling good about themselves heading into a four-game series with NL East-leading Atlanta.

Lieber (14-12) allowed four hits. The Phillies scored six times in the third, chasing Ismael Valdez (2-2).

DODGERS 7, PADRES 3: At Los Angeles, Brad Penny overcame a shaky start to pitch six solid innings, Jose Cruz Jr. and Dioner Navarro hit back-to-back homers, and Los Angeles beat San Diego to move within six games of the NL West-leading Padres.

The win was the fourth in five games for the Dodgers, who have 20 games left and finish the season with a three-game series in San Diego. The Padres dropped to .500 by losing two straight in Los Angeles after winning the opener of the series. Penny (7-9) gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in the first before settling down. He blanked the Padres on one hit after that, retiring his last 11 batters before being relieved by Giovanni Carrara to begin the seventh.

Los Angeles battled back to tie the game at 3 before Scott Cassidy (0-1) walked Jeff Kent with two outs in the fourth, and Cruz greeted Chris Hammond by hitting a 2-2 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his 16th homer. Navarro followed with his second of the season to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.

METS 7, CARDINALS 2: At St. Louis, Pedro Martinez stopped his own two-game skid as well as New York's six-game losing streak, pitching eight strong innings against St. Louis.

Carlos Beltran homered and Mike Jacobs doubled twice with an RBI to help the Mets beat the Cardinals for the first time in 12 games on the road and avoid a four-game sweep. Victor Diaz hit a three-run homer in the ninth.

New York, which rested Mike Piazza a day after he was beaned, won for only the third time in 15 games overall and completed a 2-8 road trip to Florida, Atlanta and St. Louis that damaged its wild-card hopes. Pitching in St. Louis for the first time since he won Game 3 of the World Series for Boston with seven shutout innings, Martinez (14-7) allowed eight hits and struck out seven. He lost his previous two outings while allowing eight runs in 13 innings and was 1-4 in his previous eight starts.

Matt Morris (14-8) gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

CUBS 3, GIANTS 2: At San Francisco, Neifi Perez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning against his former team, and Chicago wrapped up a successful road trip with a victory over San Francisco.

Jerry Hairston hit a two-out double against LaTroy Hawkins (2-6) — traded by the Cubs in May — before Perez lined an RBI double to left for the go-ahead run.

Matt Murton homered and Todd Walker had an RBI triple in the second for the Cubs, who finished their road trip at 8-2. Moises Alou tied the score at 2 in the sixth when he scored on a wild pitch by Michael Wuertz, but Alou got banged up on the play and left the game shortly after. Wuertz (5-2) recovered for the win, and Ryan Dempster got his 27th save in 29 chances.

The Giants lost for the fifth time in six games. Barry Bonds will make his long-awaited season debut Monday night against San Diego.

REDS 5, PIRATES 3: At Cincinnati, pinch-hitter Austin Kearns had a tying, two-run single, and Felipe Lopez delivered the go-ahead hit as Cincinnati came from behind to beat Pittsburgh. Jason LaRue homered and Rich Aurilia added an RBI single in a five-run seventh inning that gave the Reds back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game winning streak from Aug. 25-28. LaRue broke up rookie Paul Maholm's shutout bid by hitting the first pitch of the seventh into the right-field bleachers for his 12th homer. After Edwin Encarnacion walked, John Grabow (2-3) entered and gave up Chris Denorfia's double and Kearns' two-run single that tied it at 3.

Rick White gave up consecutive run-scoring singles by Lopez and Aurilia.

Matt Belisle (4-7) earned the win in relief of Brandon Claussen. David Weathers got his 12th save.

ROCKIES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2: At Denver, Aaron Cook pitched his third career complete game to win his fifth straight decision and Matt Holliday keyed a six-run fourth inning with a three-run double as Colorado avoided a three-game sweep by beating Arizona. Cook (5-1), who returned from the 60-day disabled list on July 30 after missing nearly a year with complications from blood clots in his lungs, struck out five, walked one and allowed eight hits. He has given up eight runs in his last 39 innings.

It was his first complete game since Aug. 1, 2004, also at home against Arizona.

The Rockies ended their four-game losing streak.

Diamondbacks starter Russ Ortiz (5-10) lasted only three-plus innings. He allowed six runs, dropping to 1-8 in his last 11 starts.

Troy Glaus homered twice for Arizona to give him 34 home runs this season and four in three games.