Milton Bradley answered Adam LaRoche's eighth-inning grand slam with one of his own in the bottom half, and the Dodgers won a matchup of first-place teams, beating the Atlanta Braves, 7-4, last night in Los Angeles.
Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver breezed through the first six innings on 79 pitches, taking a three-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the eighth. But LaRoche homered on Weaver's 119th and final pitch.
Bradley hit his second home run of the game off Chris Reitsma (1-1). It was Bradley's 10th of the season and his third career slam. His five RBIs tied a career high. Giovanni Carrara (4-0) got the victory, striking out Andruw Jones, to end the eighth.
Mets 2, Cardinals 0 --Tom Glavine snapped a personal slump with his one of his best performances of the season and Cliff Floyd hit two huge home runs as New York defeated St. Louis at Shea Stadium.
Glavine, who came into the game with opponents hitting .333 against him, limited St. Louis to four singles in seven-plus innings against a team that came in with the best record in the league (22-12).
Giants 4, Astros 2 -- Kirk Rueter threw seven strong innings and pinch hitter Jason Ellison homered in the eighth to give Giants manager Felipe Alou his 900th career win as San Francisco beat the Astros in Houston.
Alou becomes the ninth active manager with 900 victories.
Phillies 12, Reds 2 -- Todd Pratt hit a three-run homer and tied career highs with four hits and five RBIs to lift host Philadelphia.
Padres 3, Marlins 2 -- Ramon Hernandez doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and host San Diego beat Josh Beckett and Florida for the Padres' 11th win in 14 games.
Brewers 4, Pirates 3 -- Geoff Jenkins doubled in the decisive run on a two-strike, two-out pitch in the ninth from Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa, as visiting Milwaukee won for the 11th time in 14 games.
Cubs 6, Nationals 3 -- At Washington, Aramis Ramirez led off the eighth with a tiebreaking homer before two errors allowed Chicago to tack on three unearned runs as the Cubs won their third straight.
Rockies 18, Diamondbacks 3 -- At Denver, Clint Barmes hit two homers, had a career-high five RBIs, and made a leaping grab at shortstop to help Jeff Francis improve to 4-0 in his career at Coors Field.