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07/15/12 1:30 AM

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ryan Dempster tossed six shutout innings, helping the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle installment of a three-game set. Dempster (5-3) fanned five, scattered four hits and walked three for Chicago, which has won four of its last five contests. Luis Valbuena registered a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto each racked up two hits apiece. Joe Saunders (4-6) was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits for the D-backs, who have dropped eight of their past 11 games.

Final Score: Atlanta 8, New York 7

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run eighth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 win over the New York Mets in the middle installment of a three-game series at Turner Field. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado had consecutive RBI singles off Bobby Parnell (2-2) prior to Heyward's at-bat, a single to right. Freddie Freeman hit a two- run double among his three hits and Bourn added a pair of RBI for the Braves, who extended their winning streak to six games. Eric Hinske also had an RBI in the victory. Anthony Varvaro (1-0) notched his first major league win with a scoreless inning in relief and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to record his 27th save of the season. Ruben Tejada drove in a pair of runs and Andres Torres added three hits for the Mets, who have dropped three straight.

Final Score: Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 2 (10 innings)

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Ludwick's one-out solo homer in the 10th inning gave the Reds a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the second edition of a three-game set. Sam LeCure (3-2) pitched a perfect top of the frame for the Reds, who have won five straight games. Jay Bruce slammed a pair of doubles and knocked in a run for Cincinnati. Victor Marte (2-2) replaced Marc Rzepczynski in the 10th, but served up the deciding blast to left field. Yadier Molina clubbed a solo homer for the Cardinals, who have lost three of their last five.

Final Score: Miami 2, Washington 1

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle threw seven strong innings to win his fourth consecutive start, and the Marlins held off the Washington Nationals, 2-1, in the second installment of a four-game series. Carlos Lee and John Buck had RBI singles in support of Buehrle (9-8), who allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven. Steve Cishek recorded the final five outs to get his seconds save of the year. Roger Bernadina singled with two outs in the ninth and looked to be tagged out on the helmet by Omar Infante on a steal attempt. Bernadina was called safe, but Jesus Flores fanned on an outside pitch to end the game. Gio Gonzalez (12-4), who was born and raised in nearby Hialeah, gave up five hits and the two runs while fanning nine over six innings. His four-start winning streak was broken.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Milwaukee 4

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Josh Harrison crossed the plate with the go- ahead run on a passed ball in the top of the seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle tilt of a three-game series at Miller Park. Andrew McCutchen, who leads the majors with a .366 batting average, smoked a two-run home run, his third straight game with a round-tripper. Former Brewer Casey McGehee ripped a solo shot and added an RBI single for the Pirates, who have won seven of their last nine contests to stay tied with Cincinnati atop the NL Central. Neil Walker and Garrett Jones contributed two hits apiece in the victory. Kevin Correia (6-6) went six strong innings to win his fourth straight decision to tie a career-best. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Jason Grilli pitched through trouble in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan worked around a walk in the ninth to pick up his 24th save of the season. Corey Hart knocked in a pair of runs for the Brewers, who had won three of their last four games entering play on Saturday. Kameron Loe (4-3) took the loss after allowing two runs -- one earned -- on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Colorado 5

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Vance Worley did it all on Saturday. The Phillies righty pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a clutch two-run double in an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies in the middle test of a three-game series at Coors Field. Worley (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts to earn the win. Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final five outs of the game to notch his 19th save of the season. Carlos Ruiz clubbed a three-run home run and Chase Utley added an RBI single among his three hits for the Phils, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Juan Pierre went 3-for-3 with a run scored and Shane Victorino added a pair of hits in the victory. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Wilin Rosario crushed a three-run home run and Carlos Gonzalez added an RBI double for the Rockies, who had their brief two-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: San Francisco 3, Houston 2 (12 innings)

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Hector Sanchez had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th, Tim Lincecum tossed eight scoreless innings, and the Giants edged the Astros, 3-2, on Saturday at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandoval and Angel Pagan began the 12th with consecutive singles off of Brett Myers (0-4) before Sanchez ripped a base hit past second baseman Jose Altuve, allowing Sandoval to score the deciding run. Jeremy Affeldt (1-1) recorded the final out in the top of the 12th to earn the win for the Giants, who moved past the Dodgers and into first place in the National League West with the victory.

Final Score: San Diego 7, Los Angeles 6

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Padres took advantage of Kenley Jansen's mental gaffe in the ninth inning and scored on a steal of home and a throwing error on the same play in an improbable 7-6 victory over Los Angeles to snap a 10-game skid at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers were ahead 6-5 going to the ninth and had two outs with Everth Cabrera at third and Will Venable at second. That's when Jansen (4-3) looked down at the rubber and kicked the dirt a few times before turning his back to the plate and taking a couple of steps toward second base. That was enough time for Cabrera to steal home. Jansen's throw to the plate was high to A.J. Ellis. Home plate umpire Greg Gibson originally called Cabrera out, but failed to realize Ellis didn't have the ball, which had bounced to the backstop. Jansen was then late covering the plate, giving Venable an opportunity to slide in with the go- ahead run. Alex Hinshaw (1-1) recorded the final two outs in the eighth to get the win and Huston Street retired the side in order in the ninth to notch his 14th save. The Padres, who had lost four in a row, received homers from Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley. Andre Ethier belted a two-run shot for the Dodgers, who lost for the fourth time in five contests.

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