Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:
Darwin Barney | Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (11)
Down to his final strike, Barney crushed a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth to set the stage for the Cubs' walk-off victory.
Howard highlighted the Phillies' four-homer barrage with No. 299 of his career.
Matt Kemp | Dodgers 3, Reds 1 (10)
Kemp went 3-for-5 and delivered the winning hit with a two-run single in the 10th to bring the Dodgers back within two games in the NL Wild Card chase.
Lowrie's three-run homer in the first inning set the tone in a blowout of the Pirates.
Luis Mendoza | Royals 6, Indians 3
Mendoza went six-plus solid innings, including a nice defensive play in the first to help thwart an early jam, as he picked up his eighth win of the season.
Molina, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, broke the game open with a two-run blast as part of a four-run fourth by Tampa Bay.
Highlights » Miguel Montero | D-backs 15, Rockies 5
Montero led a 19-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Highlights » Jon Niese | Mets 7, Marlins 3
Niese delivered his seventh consecutive quality start to notch his career-high 12th victory.
Highlights » Aramis Ramirez | Brewers 4, Nationals 2
Ramirez's RBI double in the ninth gave the Brewers their first lead, helping them win their sixth straight to climb to within 1 1/2 games of an NL Wild Card spot.
Highlights » CC Sabathia | Yankees 2, A's 1
Sabathia wound up with a no-decision but dominated the visiting A's for eight shutout innings, allowing three singles, walking two and striking out 11, and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to preserve a one-run lead.
Highlights » Pablo Sandoval | Giants 5, Padres 1
Sandoval rapped three hits, including his fourth homer in the last three games.
Highlights » Mike Trout | Angels 6, White Sox 2
Trout scored his 120th run on his 28th homer, and Ervin Santana tied his career high with 11 strikeouts as the Angels gained ground in the Wild Card chase.
Highlights » Carlos Triunfel | Mariners 6, Rangers 3
In his first career start, Triunfel hit the go-ahead double for his first RBI and made some nice defensive plays at shortstop for Seattle.
Highlights » Matt Wieters | Orioles 4, Red Sox 2
The Orioles catcher hit a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning to move Baltimore atop the AL Wild Card standings.
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