Saturday's National League Capsules
Originally published April 10, 2011 at 12:24 a.m., updated April 10, 2011 at 1:05 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prince Fielder drove in four runs with a career-high three doubles, Chris Narveson pitched seven shutout innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Saturday night.
Narveson (1-0) struck out nine and ran his scoreless streak to 13 innings over his first two starts after working out of trouble multiple times.
Fielder doubled in his first three at-bats in the first, third and fifth innings against Matt Garza (0-1) as Milwaukee built a 5-0 lead.
Ryan Braun scored three runs and drove in another, and Nyjer Morgan continued his strong play since being acquired from Washington. He tripled, scored, walked with the bases loaded and made a leaping catch near the wall to keep Alfonso Soriano from an extra-base hit.
Giants 3, Cardinals 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Miguel Tejada hit a two-run double that glanced off the glove of center fielder Colby Rasmus with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied late for the second straight day to beat St. Louis a few hours after receiving their World Series rings.
The Giants celebrated as though they had just won the championship all over again, with ace Tim Lincecum among those who sprinted out of the dugout to hug the team’s new shortstop. Tejada skipped in jubilation after his 15th career game-winning hit.
It came against Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin (0-1), who blew his third save in four chances and second in two days. Ramon Ramirez (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win and San Francisco secured its first series victory of the season.
Rasmus hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh off Matt Cain.
Dodgers 4, Padres 2, 11 innings, suspended game
Dodgers 4, Padres 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hiroki Kuroda came within one out of his third career shutout and Andre Ethier had a homer among his three hits to lead Los Angeles over San Diego in the regularly scheduled game.
Earlier in the day, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled in the go-ahead run against his former team with two outs in the 11th inning and the Dodgers won a game that had been suspended at 1:40 a.m. after four rain delays totaling 3 hours, 36 minutes. The game took nearly 24 hours to complete.
Kuroda (2-0) gave up six hits in the nightcap and dominated until the seventh, when he still managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam. He gave up two singles in the ninth before Jonathan Broxton came on and issued a walk to load the bases. The game ended when Chase Headley was called out for interference for colliding with third baseman Casey Blake, who was going for Cameron Maybin’s dribbler between shortstop and third.
Broxton saved both games, giving him five this season.
Dustin Moseley (0-2) allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings.
The suspended game resumed at 5:35 p.m. on a chilly but clear evening and ended at 6:55 p.m.
Gwynn, the son of Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, entered during a double switch in the ninth. With two on in the 11th, he hit a soft liner on a two-strike pitch from sidearmer Pat Neshek that dropped in front of right fielder Will Venable. That brought in Juan Uribe, aboard on a leadoff double against Ernesto Frieri (0-1).
Blake Hawksworth (1-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
Phillies 10, Braves 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Carlos Ruiz hit a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, and Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt earned his first career victory over Atlanta.
Oswalt (2-0) gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings. The Braves were the only National League team Oswalt had not beaten.
Brian Schneider gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead with his two-run homer off Brandon Beachy (0-1) in the fourth. The Phillies had 15 hits, including eight for extra bases.
Marlins 7, Astros 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Greg Dobbs homered and drove in three runs for Florida in place of Donnie Murphy, who moved to shortstop in place of injured All-Star Hanley Ramirez.
The Marlins trailed in the sixth inning before an RBI double by Mike Stanton made it 4-2. Dobbs tied it with his two-out, two-run homer that landed in the right-field bullpen.
Chris Coghlan and Omar Infante both hit run-scoring doubles in the seventh before Dobbs pushed the lead to 7-4 with an RBI double in the eighth.
Javier Vazquez (1-1) earned the win, despite allowing four runs in six innings, and Leo Nunez pitched the ninth for his third save of the season. Fernando Abad (1-1) took the loss.
Rockies 6, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ty Wigginton hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the eighth inning to keep the Rockies atop the NL West four straight days for the first time since 2006.
With the bases loaded, Wigginton ripped a shot off reliever Jose Veras (0-1) and past diving third baseman Pedro Alvarez into the left-field corner.
At 5-2, the Rockies have tied the 1998 team for the second-best start in franchise history.
Both of Colorado’s losses have been in extra innings, including a 4-3 setback in 14 on Friday. Matt Belisle (1-0), one of eight pitchers used by Colorado manager Jim Tracy in that 5-hour-plus marathon, got the win against Pittsburgh.
Mets 8, Nationals 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran hit two early home runs, Ike Davis hit a long two-run triple in the sixth and the Mets got several cluth hits while beating the Nationals.
Chris Capuano (1-0) pitched six gutsy innings in his first start for the Mets — and first start in April since 2007 — as New York avoided losing its first two at home since 1997.
Taylor Buchholz pitched a perfect seventh and Bobby Parnell nearly gave the lead back in the eighth, before Francisco Rodriguez relieved with two outs and induced pinch-hitter Matt Stairs into a groundout. Rodriguez finished for his first save since Aug. 10.
Tom Gorzelanny (0-1) took the loss for the Nationals.
Reds 6, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Bronson Arroyo allowed one run — unearned because of his own throwing error — in six innings, Jonny Gomes doubled in two runs in the ninth and Cincinnati overcame a strong pitching performance by Daniel Hudson to beat Arizona.
Arroyo (2-0) scattered eight hits as the Diamondbacks failed to convert two scoring threats in the first four innings, then Arizona reliever Juan Gutierrez’s throwing error cleared the way for the Reds’ four-run ninth.
Hudson (0-2) gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings, striking out eight.
Scott Rolen had an RBI single and Jay Bruce hit a sacrifice fly for the Reds in the first.
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