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CUBS 9, MARLINS 7

CHICAGO (AP) — Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning and the Cubs connected four times to beat the Marlins.

Murphy's two-run shot put the Cubs ahead 8-7. Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney each added solo home runs for Chicago.

The Cubs avoided a sweep and prevented the Marlins from winning four straight for the first time this season.

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam for Miami and Logan Morrison had a two-run homer.

NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann became the National League's first 16-game winner, pitching seven solid innings to lead the Nationals past the Phillies.

Zimmermann (16-8) struck out five, walked one and allowed two runs in winning his fourth straight start.

Ryan Zimmerman's solo shot off Phillies reliever Zach Miner in the seventh inning tied the game at 2.

Jake Diekman (1-4) walked the leadoff batter in the eighth, then allowed pinch-runner Jeff Kobernus to score on a fielder's choice for the winning run.

The Nationals sat outfielder Bryce Harper to rest his ailing hip.

INTERLEAGUE

DIAMONDBACKS 4, BLUE JAYS 3

PHOENIX (AP) — Willie Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep with a win over the Blue Jays.

Eric Chavez got the final rally started by blooping a single off Luis Perez (0-1) and pinch-runner Adam Eaton moved to third on A.J. Pollock's single off Jeremy Jeffress. Bloomquist then singled through Toronto's drawn-in infield to cap the Diamondbacks' franchise record-tying 21st extra-inning inning game.

Arizona recovered after a shaky first inning by Randall Delgado, tying the game while its pitchers face the minimum over the next eight innings. Will Harris (3-0) worked around a baserunner in the 10th inning to set up Bloomquist's fourth career game-winning hit.

Rajai Davis homered for the second straight game for Toronto.

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