Monday's National League Capsules
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
DENVER (AP) — Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants sure weren’t complaining about the humidor Monday night.
Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who led the Giants to the World Series title six months ago, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Coors Field and San Francisco routed the Colorado Rockies 8-1.
Spotted an early eight-run cushion thanks to homers by Pat Burrell, Nate Schierholtz and Freddy Sanchez, Lincecum cruised through Colorado’s lineup, dominating baseball’s best team over the season’s first 2 1/2 weeks until Carlos Gonzalez broke up his no-hit bid with a clean single in the seventh.
Lincecum (2-1) allowed one run and three hits over 7 2-3 spectacular innings. He walked three, struck out 10 and allowed just four balls out of the infield, none in the first six innings.
The Rockies entered the night with a 12-3 mark and a four-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West, but right-hander Esmil Rogers (2-1) allowed eight runs and six hits over three innings in just the second loss by a Rockies starter this season.
Brewers 6, Phillies 3, 12 innings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Braun drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Brewers beat the Phillies.
Brandon Kintzler (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win in the majors.
The NL East-leading Phillies rallied against closer John Axford in the ninth, tying it at 3 on pinch-hitter Pete Orr’s RBI single with one out.
But the Brewers held on and snapped a three-game losing streak to become the fifth straight team to beat Philadelphia in a series opener. The Phillies haven’t lost a series, however.
Rickie Weeks led off the 12th with a walk against Kyle Kendrick (0-1). Carlos Gomez sacrificed and reached safely on Kendrick’s wild throw that allowed Weeks to reach third.
Braun followed with a sac fly to deep center. He thought he’d hit a three-run homer and looked frustrated when the ball didn’t go out. Yuniesky Betancourt also had a sac fly and Jonathan Lucroy singled in a run to make it 6-3.
Cubs 1, Padres 0, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin doubled home Geovany Soto with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the Cubs over the Padres.
Soto reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs, then scored from first when Colvin lined a shot to right.
Carlos Marmol (1-1) struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Cubs.
Chad Qualls (0-1) allowed a run while getting two outs for San Diego.
Pirates 9, Reds 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andrew McCutchen doubled home two runs as part of Pittsburgh’s biggest offensive showing this season, and the Pirates took advantage of another slow-starting Cincinnati pitcher, beating the Reds.
The Pirates scored three runs in the first off left-hander Travis Wood (1-2), the second game in a row that a Reds starter couldn’t get going.
Kevin Correia (3-1) gave up four hits during his second career complete game.
Pittsburgh took three of four in the series, giving the defending NL Central champs their comeuppance before a crowd of 12,777 that groaned a lot. The Pirates have won their first three road series for the first time since 2002, when they dropped 89 games.
Dodgers 4, Braves 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings and James Loney had two RBIs, leading the Dodgers to a victory over the Braves.
Lilly (1-2) recorded his first victory of the season in four starts, after signing a three-year, $33 million contract in October. The 35-year-old left-hander scattered four hits, struck out six and did not allow a runner past second base.
Matt Guerrier pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Broxton gave up two runs in the ninth on an RBI groundout by Freddie Freeman and a double by Nate McLouth before getting the final out.
Tim Hudson (2-2) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings and struck out four. All 13 runs allowed this season by the right-hander have come during the first three innings.