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San Francisco takes Giant wild card step

Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, left, is chased by San Francisco first baseman Ryan Garko.
Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, left, is chased by San Francisco first baseman Ryan Garko.
Ben Margot, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants pulled even in the NL wild-card race with Colorado, beating the Rockies 9-5 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The Giants moved into a second-place tie in the NL West with Colorado, six games behind Los Angeles. The Rockies lost their season-high fifth in a row.

Renteria homered with two outs to overcome a 5-2 deficit, connecting two pitches after Rafael Betancourt (0-1) relieved Franklin Morales. Renteria hit his eighth career grand slam and second in two years against Betancourt.

Renteria also doubled in a run and matched his career high with five RBIs.

Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth inning to put the Rockies ahead, but Colorado's bullpen couldn't hold a 4-1 lead.

BREWERS 4, PIRATES 1: At Milwaukee, Shortstop Craig Counsell helped Milwaukee turn a season-high four double plays and drove in two runs as the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 21st straight time at home. Jeff Suppan (6-8) earned his first win since June 12 with six solid innings.

CARDINALS 2, NATIONALS 1: At St. Louis, Adam Wainwright earned his major league-leading 16th victory and Albert Pujols had the go-ahead hit in the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals complete a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals. Colby Rasmus had two hits and scored twice for the NL Central leaders. Wainwright (16-7), Chris Carpenter and Joel Pineiro. Pujols had two hits and was 5 for 10 in the series with an RBI in each game.

DODGERS 3, REDS 2, 12 innings: At Cincinnati, Matt Kemp homered for Los Angeles' first run, then hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning that lifted the Dodgers over the Cincinnati Reds. The NL West leaders took two of three in the series, extending their lead over Colorado. No surprise at the outcome — the Dodgers are 22-4 against the Reds since 2006, their best mark against any NL team, according to STATS. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the 12th against Francisco Cordero (2-4) and Kemp hit a fly ball to the warning track. Jonathan Broxton escaped a two-on threat in the Reds 12th for his 29th save in 34 chances.

METS 4, CUBS 1: At Chicago, Nelson Figueroa struck out a career-high 10 and had an RBI single. Figueroa (2-3) allowed one run on six hits in seven-plus strong innings. Brian Stokes pitched a perfect eighth and Francisco Rodriguez worked a scoreless ninth for his 28th save in 33 tries.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, ASTROS 3: At Phoenix, Chad Qualls dislocated his left kneecap when he was hit by Jason Michaels' line drive for the final out, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Houston Astros to complete a three-game sweep. With a runner on first, Qualls was struck. Stephen Drew picked up the ball and threw Michaels out to end the game. Dan Haren (13-8) threw seven sharp innings and Justin Upton hit his 22nd home run for Arizona.

MARLINS 6, PADRES 4: At Miami, John Baker and Cody Ross each drove in two runs, leading Sean West and the Florida Marlins over the San Diego Padres and ending their three-game losing streak. West (6-5) won for the fourth time in his last five outings at home. He gave up one earned run in six innings. Chris Coghlan's leadoff single started a five-run burst in the fourth inning that made it 5-3.

PHILLIES 3, BRAVES 2: At Philadelphia, Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. Blanton (9-6) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings, making it 12 straight starts he has allowed three earned runs or less. He was just 4-3 in his previous 11 appearances.