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Braves bash Wilson, Giants in ninth

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman knew Brian Wilson had to throw a strike. He correctly guessed it'd come with heat.

Freeman capped a three-run rally against Wilson, San Francisco's star closer, in the ninth with a two-run, bases-loaded single to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Giants on Monday night.

"I knew I was going to get a pitch to hit," Freeman said.

"He's got to throw a strike or walk in the tying run. ... I got a pitch to hit and got it up the middle."

Wilson (6-4) couldn't hold a 4-2 lead. He gave up three hits and two walks in the ninth for his fifth blown save in 40 chances.

The Braves rallied in the Giants' first return to Atlanta since beating Atlanta in the 2010 NL division series.

The Braves, a distant second in the NL East, stretched their lead to five games over San Francisco in the NL wild-card race. The Giants began the night two games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West.

"We're right in the thick of things," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "This is August. We've got time to make this up."

The bearded Wilson was greeted with loud boos as he jogged to the mound.

Speedy Jose Constanza led off the inning with an infield hit before Wilson walked pinch-hitter Eric Hinske, who was replaced by pinch-runner Julio Lugo.

Michael Bourn's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third before Martin Prado delivered a run-scoring single to left, trimming the Giants' lead to 4-3 and moving Lugo to third.

Wilson walked Brian McCann on four pitches to load the bases before striking out Dan Uggla to bring Freeman to the plate.

Freeman worked the count full and then waited on a fastball.

Mets 5, Padres 4, 10 innings

At San Diego, Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice with one out in the 10th inning and New York snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 15 games.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 2

At Pittsburgh, Ryan Doumit went 4 for 4 and hit a tiebreaking three-run home run to lift the Pirates to a victory over the Cardinals.

Doumit's homer in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook (9-7) snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh break its three-game losing streak. The switch-hitting catcher matched a career high with his sixth four-hit game.

Brewers 3, Dodgers 0

At Milwaukee, Randy Wolf tossed eight effective innings and the Brewers turned a triple play as part of a superb defensive effort in a victory over the Dodgers.

Cubs 4, Astros 3

At Houston, Geovany Soto had three hits and two RBIs and Kerry Wood earned his first save in over a year as the Cubs won for the 12th time in 15 games with a victory over the Astros.

Rockies 7, Marlins 4

At Denver, Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run ninth inning, and the Rockies rallied for a victory over the Marlins.

Yankees 7, Royals 4

At Kansas City, Mo., Derek Jeter drove in three runs, including two with a go-ahead triple in the sixth, and struggling A.J. Burnett finally won a game in August for New York.

Burnett (9-9) scattered 10 singles and a walk over 52/3 innings, but they only resulted in three runs. The right-hander had been winless in 13 starts in August since signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal with New York, going 0-8 with a 7.18 ERA.

Rangers 8, Angels 4

At Anaheim, Calif., Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers and Michael Young added a two-run single during a six-run fifth inning for streaking Texas.

Orioles 6, Athletics 2

At Oakland, Calif., Robert Andino hit a go-ahead bases-loaded double in the seventh inning, and Josh Bell added a two-run single as Baltimore picked up a rare victory on the road.

Tommy Hunter (2-2) allowed two runs over 62/3 innings to earn his first win with Baltimore. The right-hander, who struck out three and walked one, had been winless in two starts since being acquired in a trade from Texas on July 30.

Mariners 6, Blue Jays 5

At Seattle, Mike Carp and Casper Wells hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to lead Seattle's comeback.

Carp, who also homered in the third inning, has a 15-game hitting streak and 17 RBIs in August, most in baseball for the month. It was his first two-homer game.