CINCINNATI — A.J. Burnett remained undefeated against the Cincinnati Reds this season and Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the fourth to help the Pittsburgh Pirates salvage the finale of their three-game series with a 6-2 win Sunday.
Neil Walker hit a two-run homer and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen added a solo shot as second-place Pittsburgh stopped Cincinnati’s winning streak at five and closed within 4½ games of the NL Central leader.
Burnett (14-3) allowed two runs and three hits in 8 2-3 innings, improving to 3-0 against the Reds this season. Joel Hanrahan got the final out for his 32nd save.
Homer Bailey (9-7) gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Nationals 4, Marlins 1: Stephen Strasburg (12-5) pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings and drove in two runs.
Strasburg struck out six and walked one, extending his scoreless streak against the Marlins to 27 innings. He hit a two-run single in the second off Ricky Nolasco (8-11) and raised his batting average to .343 (12 for 35) with seven RBIs.
Drew Storen pitched a one-hit ninth for his first save since Sept. 28. Miami’s Jose Reyes hit a fourth-inning single that extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest in the majors this season.
Giants 8, Rockies 3: Tim Lincecum won consecutive starts for the first time since April and Hunter Pence had three RBIs as San Francisco completed a three-game sweep and maintained a half-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West. The Giants had lost seven of eight entering the series.
Lincecum (6-11) worked around five walks, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. After going 4-9 with a 5.26 ERA in 18 starts from the beginning of May through July 25, he is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two outings against the Mets and Rockies. Tyler Chatwood (1-2), recalled from Double A Tulsa prior to the game to take the rotation spot of injured Christian Friedrich, allowed three runs — one earned — two hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings.
Dodgers 7, Cubs 6: Hanley Ramirez lined an RBI single over a drawn-in infield in the ninth as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep. Shawn Camp (2-5) walked Matt Kemp on four pitches with one out and Andre Ethier’s single put runners at the corners for Ramirez.
Cubs talented rookie Anthony Rizzo had three RBIs including a tying solo home run leading off the top of the ninth against Kenley Jansen (5-3), who blew a save for the sixth time in 27 chances.
Braves 6, Astros 1: Chipper Jones had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning wild pitch by Bud Norris (5-9) as Atlanta completed an 8-2 homestand. Jones added a run-scoring double off Xavier Cedeno in the seventh.
Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 4: Ryan Howard singled home the winning run in the ninth off Josh Collmenter (3-3). He had been in a 5 for 35 slide with 20 strikeouts.
Padres 7, Mets 3: Chase Headley and Yonder Alonso each hit two-run homers off rookie Matt Harvey (1-2). Headley’s homer, his 15th, came in the first inning. Alonso hit his sixth homer in the third for a 5-0 lead.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0: Kyle Lohse pitched six spotless innings to earn his 12th win and St. Louis beat Milwaukee for a three-game sweep. — Agencies