WASHINGTON — Adam LaRoche hit his career-high 33rd homer Tuesday night to become the third Nationals player with 100 RBIs in a season as NL East champion Washington beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2.
Washington earned its major league-leading 97th win on a day when manager Davey Johnson decided most of his main guys deserved a rest. LaRoche was Washington's only everyday player who stayed in for more than five innings — and he led off the sixth by driving the second pitch thrown by reliever Josh Lindblom (3-5) into the home bullpen in right field.
Phillies rookie Darin Ruf hit a pair of solo homers — off Tom Gorzelanny in the fourth inning, and Tyler Clippard in the eighth.
MIAMI — New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey struck out one-shot wonder Adam Greenberg, but also gave up two homers in his final start of a Cy Young-hopeful season and the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins in 11 innings.
The Marlins' Greenberg struck out on three pitches against Dickey when he batted for the first time in seven years in the sixth inning. Greenberg signed a one-day contract before the game, his first since he was beaned in his major league debut in 2005.
PITTSBURGH — Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating Atlanta.
ST. LOUIS — Mat Latos won his fourth straight decision to finish the regular season and Scott Rolen homered off Chris Carpenter, helping the Cincinnati Reds keep the St. Louis Cardinals' postseason plans on hold.
The Cardinals' magic number for clinching the second NL wild card remained at one with a game to go, and they were left in the uncomfortable position of watching the Dodgers on television and rooting for a loss for the second straight night. Los Angeles, which began the day two games back with two remaining, played at home against the Giants later Tuesday.
Cincinnati, the NL Central champion, remained tied with Washington for the league's best record.