Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Steve Lombardozzi knocked in two runs and the Washington Nationals inched closer to securing the NL's top seed with a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals, who won the NL East on Monday, can secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if the Reds lose to the Cardinals on Tuesday. Cincinnati and Washington entered Tuesday's play with identical records, but the Nationals own the tiebreaker for winning the season series. Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer for Washington, which bounced back from a 2-0 loss in the opener of this three- game series on Monday. Tom Gorzelanny, making his first start of the season for the Nationals, allowed one run on four hits over 3 2/3 innings. Zach Duke (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth to pick up the win. Darin Ruf hit a pair of solo homers for the Phillies, who are out of the playoff picture for the first time since 2006. B.J. Rosenberg gave up one run on three hits over four innings in his first start in the big leagues. Josh Lindblom (3-5) allowed two runs on three hits in the sixth to take the loss.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Garrett Jones hit a two-run home run and Starling Marte finished with three hits and two runs scored, as the Pittsburgh Pirates took down the Atlanta Braves, 5-1, in the middle test of a three-game set. Alex Presley, Andrew McCutchen and Clint Barmes added an RBI apiece for the Pirates, who have taken the first two in the series. Kevin Correia (12-11) scattered six hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings, fanning five and walking only one batter. Jose Constanza hit safely twice and Juan Francisco added an RBI double for the Braves, who have lost three of five and await either St. Louis or Los Angeles as their wild card opponent. Tommy Hanson (13-10) was tagged for five runs on nine hits over six full frames.
Final Score: Miami 4, New York 3 (11 innings)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Donovan Solano drove home the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the 11th, as the Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets, 4-3, on Tuesday. Chad Gaudin (4-2) pitched a perfect top of the 11th to pick up the victory for the Marlins, who will go for the series sweep in Wednesday's season finale. Adam Greenberg, who got his first major league at-bat since July 9, 2005, struck out on three pitches. The Marlins signed the 31-year-old to a one-day contract earlier on Tuesday. Scott Hairston and David Wright drove in a run apiece for the Mets, who have lost four in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak.