ATLANTA — Cliff Lee took advantage of some rare run support, throwing seven scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.
Jimmy Rollins hit his 16th homer for the Phillies, who got off to a good September start after a strong August. The wild card-leading Braves are heading in the opposite direction with three straight losses and only four wins in their past 14 games, rekindling memories of their historic collapse last season.
Lee (4-7) came in with a record that was hardly indicative of the way he's pitched this season. The Phillies had been held to three runs or fewer in 14 of his 23 starts.
The Phillies knocked out Tim Hudson (13-5) and blew the game open with two runs in the sixth.
CHICAGO — Tim Lincecum pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Xavier Nady had a three-run double in his first game of the season, helping the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs.
Lincecum (8-14) allowed two runs on David DeJesus' seventh homer and struck out seven over 6 1-3 innings in a solid effort on a breezy day at Wrigley Field.
Nady, promoted from Triple-A Fresno when major league rosters expanded Saturday, hit a bases-loaded smash past third and into the left-field corner to give San Francisco a 4-0 lead in the first.
WASHINGTON — David Freese homered, drove in three runs and had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game skid with a wild win over the Washington Nationals.
Matt Holliday also homered and Matt Carpenter smacked a three-run double for the Cardinals, who had scored only one run during their four losses while allowing 32. Freese, John Jay and Allen Craig each had three of the Cardinals' 14 hits.
The NL East-leading Nationals led 6-2 in the second inning and, after falling behind by two runs in the fourth, rallied for three in the sixth to take a 9-8 lead. Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa each homered for Washington.
MILWAUKEE — Corey Hart homered to lead off the ninth inning and lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The win was the Brewers second straight over the Pirates and the team's 10th win in its last 12 games. The Pirates lost for the ninth time in the last 12 games as Pittburgh continues to try to stay in the National League Wild Card playoff race.
Leading off the ninth inning, Hart hit the second pitch he saw from Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (4-1) for his 26th home run of the season into the Brewers bullpen in left field. It was his third career game-ending home run.