Tuesday's National League Capsules
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth homered and doubled to lead the Washington Nationals to a 7-4 victory Tuesday night in his first appearance against Philadelphia since leaving the Phillies as a free agent.
Werth doubled leading off the fourth inning and scored, starting a three-run inning that gave the Nationals the lead for good. His solo home run in the fifth gave Washington a 5-1 lead.
Werth signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with the Nationals in offseason. Phillies fans made up a large percentage of the sparse crowd at Nationals Park, and they booed him each time he came to bat — or fielded a fly ball in right field.
Livan Hernandez (1-1) allowed one run on seven hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in 6 2-3 innings. Joe Blanton (0-1) worked six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. In two starts this season, Blanton has allowed 12 runs in 10 1-3 innings for a 10.45 ERA.
Braves 5, Nationals 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy Hanson pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his first victory, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann homered, and Chipper Jones drove in two runs to lead Atlanta past Florida.
Hanson (1-2) finally got a few runs to work with and the Braves turned in several nifty defensive plays, two of them diving stops by shortstop Alex Gonzalez. The Braves struggled offensively over their first 10 games, scoring three runs or fewer seven times — including both of Hanson’s starts. This time, that wasn’t a problem. Heyward homered in the fourth, McCann in the fifth.
Chris Volstad (0-1) took the loss. He was chased in the fifth after allowing right hits and all five runs.
Astros 11, Cubs 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Brett Myers kept up his dominance against Chicago, and Angel Sanchez tied a career high with four hits to help Houston rout the Cubs.
Myers (1-0) limited Chicago to eight hits and one run in seven innings to improve to 11-3 against the Cubs.
Houston scored three runs off James Russell (1-1) in the first inning, two more in the second and built a 7-0 lead after Sanchez singled in two runs in the fourth.
Russell was making his first career start after 59 relief appearances as a replacement for the injured Andrew Cashner. Russell allowed seven hits and five runs in 1 2-3 innings.
Tyler Colvin homered for Chicago.
Diamondbacks 13, Cardinals 8
PHOENIX (AP) — Justin Upton and Juan Miranda each hit three-run homers, Chris Young added a two-run shot and Arizona scored seven of its runs with two outs.
Armando Galarraga (2-0) allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings to earn the victory. He labored through most of the fifth — allowing two runs — before escaping a bases-loaded jam.
Chris Carpenter, who came in 4-0 in 10 career starts against Arizona, gave up at least one run in every inning he pitched — eight total in four innings — and dropped to 0-2,
Lance Berkman, David Freese and Colby Rasmus had solo home runs for St. Louis.