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PITTSBURGH — A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven strong innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Saturday night.


Burnett (9-11) struck out a season-high 12 as the Pirates moved a game in front of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL wild-card race. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his 31st save, his first since going to the disabled list with a strained right forearm in July.


Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and Jose Tabata added two hits as the Pirates bounced back from a late collapse in a loss on Friday night.


Zach Cozart hit his 12th home run of the season for Cincinnati and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI but Homer Bailey (11-11) ended a winning streak at six straight decisions.


Mets 5, Phillies 4, 6 1-2 innings


PHILADELPHIA — David Wright and Daniel Murphy hit solo home runs and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain.


The teams played in the rain before the game was halted, and it was called after a delay of 1 hour, 28 minutes.


Wright connected for the third consecutive game, and second straight day since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than a month. He has the most homers by any visiting player at Citizens Bank Park with 19.


Murphy broke a 1-all tie with a home run in the sixth. His 12th homer of the season tied a career high set in 2009.


Cubs 3, Braves 1


CHICAGO — Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East championship.


Atlanta’s magic number remained at one to clinch its first division title since 2005. Second-place Washington hosted Miami later Saturday.


Starlin Casto singled off Kris Medlen with one out in the eighth, pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy singled against Scott Downs (4-4) and Anthony Rizzo hit a tying double down the left-field line.


Navarro singled in the go-ahead run against David Carpenter, and Nate Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly.


Carlos Villanueva (7-8) got three outs in the eighth, and Pedro Strop finished for his first save in four chances.


Cardinals 7, Brewers 2


MILWAUKEE — Matt Carpenter broke Stan Musial’s team record for doubles by a left-handed batter in a season, Lance Lynn won for the first time since early August and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to maintain a two-game lead in the NL Central.


St. Louis would clinch a playoff spot for the third straight postseason if the Washington Nationals lost to the Miami Marlins later Saturday in a game delayed by rain at the start. The Cardinals have won for the 12th time in 17 games and improved to 14-4 against the Brewers this year, including 8-1 in Milwaukee.


Carpenter’s fifth-inning double was his 54th of the season, one more than Musial’s total in 1953.

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