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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jeff Gordon pulled into the championship picture Sunday with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season. It was Gordons eighth career win at Martinsville, but first since he swept the two races at the track in 2005. Hes tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for Martinsville victories, but both trail Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) on the career list. Most important, though, is that the victory moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Matt Kenseth and Johnson left Martinsville tied atop the standings with three races remaining, and Gordon sits 27 points behind the leaders. Kevin Harvick is 28 points out, while Kyle Busch is 36 points behind. Kenseth led a race-high 202 laps and was out front on the final restart with 77 laps remaining and Gordon lurking in third. Gordon stalked him for more than 50 laps, thinking to himself, "What would Jimmie Johnson do, or better yet, what would Richard Petty do?" before finally making the pass for the lead with 21 laps remaining. Gordon didnt look back in snapping a 32-race losing streak dating to last years season finale at Homestead. "Matt drove a really first-class calibre race today and I didnt know if we were going to get him, but it sure was awesome when we finally did and just kind of hoped there were no cautions," Gordon said. The victory clinched the manufacturers championship for Chevrolet, which won for the 11th consecutive season and 37th time overall. Chevrolet did it this year in the debut season of its SS race car. Kenseth tied his career-best with a second-place finish, closing the gap on Johnson, who was up four points as they came into one of Johnsons best tracks and one of Kenseths worst tracks. He had to drive from the middle of the pack to save his finish after a call not to pit midway through the race backfired, but Kenseth was still a bit disappointed not to leave with the victory. "Whenever your team puts you in front for that last run and youre out there leading, you get beat, youre always a little bit disappointed," Kenseth said. "I just got beat by honestly experience and a better driver of this track. I was hesitant to change my line and do the things he was doing because what I was doing got me there. Just got too tight at the end. Wish I could do it over." When it was time to leave, though, Kenseth had found the silver lining. "I mean, gosh, for how Martinsville has been for me, how could you not be pleased?" he said. "The only guy happier is Jeff. I feel like when my team is at its best and we do everything right, I feel like we can race anybody at these next three tracks. Anything can happen, but man, were in it." Clint Bowyer finished third, his best finish of the Chase, and moved two spots in the standings to sixth. Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who is not part of the Chase, was fourth. Johnson finished fifth and braced for an epic fight for his sixth championship. "Its been a great battle with (Kenseth) and (Gordon) has really shown that he wants to be part of this deal as well," Johnson said. "Its going to be a dogfight to the end -- the way I would like to race for a championship, and I know thats what the fans want to see, so well be digging hard." Harvick was sixth, followed by pole-sitter Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray. Biffle angrily confronted Johnson on pit road after the race, accusing the five-time champion of running into him and tearing off his rear bumper. "It takes a lot to get a rear bumper to come off," Biffle said. "Ive got to look back and see what happened. He claims he was inside of me, but it sure felt like he hit me from behind and rubbed it across." Biffle grabbed Johnsons shoulder to get his attention, exchanged words with him, and as he turned to walk away, Johnson reached to grab his arm to finish the discussion. Biffle ended the conversation. Cheap New York Rangers Jerseys.J. Mayo made seven three-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and the Milwaukee Bucks placed seven players in double figures in a 130-110 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game on Monday night. Cheap Rangers Jerseys.C. -- Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race hes skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. http://www.cheapnewyorkrangersjerseys.com/. 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Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Pablo Sandoval had four hits and three RBIs, and Brandon Belt had four hits and scored four runs for the Giants, who set season highs for runs and hits (19). Justin Ruggiano homered twice and drove in four runs for Miami. Christian Yelich and Placido Polanco each had three hits. San Franciscos offence broke loose after averaging 2.73 runs per game since the All-Star break, the second-fewest in the majors. The Marlins scored their second-most runs since June 2. Both starting pitchers struggled. Chad Gaudin allowed eight runs and 11 hits in four innings for the Giants, while Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (2-3) gave up 11 runs -- nine earned -- in three innings. Sandy Rosario (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first keyed by a two-run double from Sandoval. Pence, who drove in a run in the first on a grounder, delivered a two-run double in the second and Sandoval followed with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 7-0. Miami cut the deficit to 7-4 in the third on a two-run double by Logan Morrison and RBI singles by Donovan Solano and Polanco. Polancoo left in the eighth when he was hit in the back of the head by a pitch from Santiago Casilla.dddddddddddd Pence came through again in the fourth with an RBI double followed by a three-run homer by Sanchez to extend the lead to 11-4, ending Eovaldis night. Gregor Blanco added an RBI single later in the inning. Despite the large deficit, the Marlins fought back again beginning with a solo homer and a two-run double by Ruggiano, who came off the bench in a double switch, to pull to 12-7. Yelich and Solano followed with RBI singles in the fifth to make it 12-9. Through five innings, the teams combined for 21 runs and 29 hits as each team batted around twice. 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