In Philadelphia Tuesday, the Phillies stayed alive in the playoff race with a 6-3 win over the Nationals. Cole Hamels won his career high 16th game of the season, throwing 99 pitches over 5 innings of work, and Justin De Fratus and Antonio Bastardo combined for a scoreless inning in the 7th. Darin Ruf made his first major league start, and his first hit was a long home run in the 2nd inning, one of his 2 hits on the night. In the third inning, Ryan Howard drove in a run with a single (RBI #56), which was followed by Carlos Ruiz' 14th homer, a 3-run blast to left. Domonic Brown capped off the scoring with his 4th home run of the season in the 6th inning. The Phillies still trail St. Louis by 5.5 games for that final spot.
The win by Hamels was #66 for the HomeSide in 2012.
In Baltimore, Anthony Gose was 1 for 3, with a sacrifice bunt, and scored a run for the Blue Jays, as Toronto beat the Orioles, 4-0, and in San Francisco, Mike Zagurski allowed a run on 2 hits in his inning in the Diamondbacks' 7-2 win over the Giants.
The Atlanta Braves clinched a spot in the playoffs with their victory over Miami.