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September 19, 2013

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon and the San Diego Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.

Forsythe's single to right scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner to tie it and Rivera's blooper brought home Chris Denorfia as the Padres sent the Pirates to their third straight loss. Dale Thayer (3-5) picked up the win in relief. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.

Melancon (2-2), who inherited the closer's role when All-Star Jason Grilli went out with a forearm injury in July, blew his third save of the season.

DIAMONDBACKS 9, DODGERS 4

PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks blew the game open late to prevent Los Angeles from clinching the NL West title.

Goldschmidt's opposite-field two-run shot off Stephen Fife (4-4) in the first inning moved him into the NL lead with 34 home runs.

Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run calculated at 442 feet for the Dodgers, who have lost five of six and get one more chance to clinch in Arizona in the series finale Thursday.

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez was ejected after Michael Young was called out at the plate in a close play in the sixth inning.

Brandon McCarthy (5-9) went six-plus innings to get the victory. Arizona broke open a close game with five runs in the eighth.

BRAVES 5 NATIONALS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Braves rallied past the Nationals, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.

Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.

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