ATLANTA — Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 4-2 Monday.
Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 45th homer for the Braves, who improved to 49-20 against the Mets at Turner Field, including 5-1 this year. Atlanta estimated his home run went 452 feet, the sixth-longest at Turner Field and the longest by a Brave.
Chipper Jones hit an RBI double that tied the score in the first and homered in the eighth against Steve Trachsel (1-1). Jones has 34 homers against the Mets, second among active players to Barry Bonds' 35.
New York has lost five of six and seven of nine after going 9-2 from Aug. 19-26.
Blaine Boyer (2-1) won in relief of John Thomson, and Kyle Farnsworth pitched the ninth for his 10th save, his fourth with Atlanta.
NATIONALS 5, MARLINS 2: At Washington, Livan Hernandez (15-6) didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, took a shutout into the ninth and drove in a run with one of his two singles as Washington won its third straight, all against clubs ahead of it in the tight NL wild-card standings.
Hernandez left after allowing Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer. Mike Stanton got Carlos Delgado to fly out, and closer Chad Cordero recorded the final two outs.
Jose Guillen singled in a run in the first off Jason Vargas (5-3). After Hernandez hit an RBI single for a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Marlon Byrd hit a three-run double.
CARDINALS 6, CUBS 4: At St. Louis, Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth off Roberto Novoa (3-5), and Jim Edmonds followed with a home run off Will Ohman.
Jeff Suppan didn't allow any earned runs in six innings, and five relievers finished as St. Louis stopped the Cubs' three-game winning streak.
Jason Isringhausen forced in a run in the ninth with a bases-loaded walk to Jerry Hairston Jr., and Julian Tavarez allowed pinch-hitter Jose Macias' sacrifice fly before getting Derrek Lee to hit a game-ending double play grounder for his fourth save.
ASTROS 4, PHILLIES 3: At Philadelphia, Andy Pettitte pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer for Houston, which moved into first place in the NL wild-card standings.
The Astros moved a half-game ahead of Philadelphia and one game ahead of Florida with their 10th consecutive win over the Phillies. Washington is 1 1/2 games behind Houston, while the New York Mets trail by three games.
Pettitte (14-9) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked none. Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his 33rd save, although he gave up one run and had the tying run at third and the winning run at second before getting the final out.
Berkman's 17th homer off Brett Myers (12-7) in the first gave Houston a 4-0 lead.
BREWERS 6, REDS 1: At Cincinnati, J.J. Hardy singled with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead run and Geoff Jenkins tied his career-high with five hits for Milwaukee.
Hardy singled against Matt Belisle (3-7) with one out and pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo followed with another single. The Brewers added three runs in the ninth.
Jenkins went 5-for-5 to outhit the Reds, who had four hits. Jenkins had five hits — two doubles — for the third time in his career, second this season.
Tomo Ohka (10-7) needed 74 pitches to get through seven innings, allowing three hits and one run with six strikeouts. Rookie Dana Eveland pitched the last two innings for his first career save.
Adam Dunn of the Reds tied the game in the fourth with his 36th homer of the season and first in 30 at-bats since Aug. 26.
GIANTS 3, DODGERS 1: At Los Angeles, Julio Ramirez scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by third baseman Mike Edwards in the eighth inning, helping San Francisco to its sixth straight victory.
LaTroy Hawkins (2-5) earned the victory despite facing one batter and giving up the game-tying sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee. Hawkins came on with the bases loaded and one out. Ledee's fly ball to center scored Jose Cruz Jr., but Jason Werth was thrown out trying to advance to third.