MIAMI – Mike Moustakas homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday night.
The Brewers won their sixth in a row. They began the day one game behind Chicago for the second NL wild-card spot.
Trent Grisham, one of the outfielders expected to get additional playing time in Christian Yelich's absence, led off the game with a home run.
It was 5-all when Moustakas drove a fastball from Miami reliever Jose Urena (4-9) into the upper deck in right-center field for his 33rd homer. Urena retired the first two hitters before he walked Yasmani Grandal.
Moustakas returned to the starting lineup on his 31st birthday, playing for the first time since Sept. 2 after recovering from a sprained left wrist. He a three-run homer off starter Pablo Lopez in the third put Milwaukee ahead 4-2.
Brent Suter (2-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the win. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save.
BRAVES 3, PHILLIES 1: In Philadelphia, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, Dallas Keuchel struck out eight in six innings and NL East-leading Atlanta beat Philadelphia.
The Braves reduced their magic number to eight.
The Phillies entered two games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.
METS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 0: In New York, Todd Frazier and Jeff McNeil each homered twice, helping the surging New York stun Arizona ace Robbie Ray.
The Mets (75-70) have won the first three games of the pivotal four-game series to move past the Diamondbacks (75-71) in the race for the second NL wild card. New York entered Wednesday three games behind the Chicago Cubs, who played later Wednesday at San Diego.
Arizona has lost four straight since going 11-1 to rush back into the crowded NL playoff picture.
NATIONALS 6, TWINS 2: In Minneapolis, Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in three runs in support of Stephen Strasburg, who gave Washington six strong innings to beat Minnesota and get the Nationals just their third win in the last nine games.
Juan Soto and Zimmerman hit RBI singles in the first against Martín Pérez, who fell further behind in the third when Howie Kendrick doubled in Soto with and Zimmerman followed with his two-run smash.
Zimmerman, the all-time Nationals leader in almost every offensive category, added a few more to the pile with his second three-hit game of the season.