Wednesday's National League Capsules
Thursday, April 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers capped a tumultuous day with a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, getting a four-hitter from Jon Garland on rookie manager Don Mattingly’s 50th birthday.
Major League Baseball announced earlier Wednesday that it was assuming control of the Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by its owners’ bitter divorce. Commissioner Bud Selig told Frank McCourt he will appoint a MLB representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.
The players didn’t seem to be bothered by the turmoil one bit.
Andre Ethier had three hits, including his 100th career homer, to extend his hitting streak to a major league-best 17 games — the longest by a Dodger since Matt Kemp’s 19-game stretch in 2008.
Garland (1-1) struck out four and walked two in his second start of the season after missing the first 13 games with a strained oblique muscle.
Derek Lowe (2-3) started for Atlanta on three days’ rest and lasted three innings, giving up five runs and nine hits.
Rockies 10, Giants 2
DENVER (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa overcame a shaky start to pitch seven sharp innings and Ty Wigginton tied a career high with four RBIs, leading Colorado to the victory.
De La Rosa (3-0) didn’t appear to be bothered by a nagging blister on his middle finger that’s plagued him at times this season. He gave up two runs and four hits to help the Rockies salvage the finale of the three-game series against the surging Giants.
Wigginton, hitting .214 entering the game, showed signs of breaking out of his offensive funk by lining a three-run homer to left off Matt Cain (2-1) in the second inning and bringing in another run with a groundout in the fifth. It’s the ninth time Wigginton has driven in four runs in his career.
Cain was far from his best, wrestling with his command as he lasted just 4 2-3 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits.
Buster Posey had both RBIs for the Giants, one on a single in the first and another with a grounder in the sixth.
Phillies 4, Brewers 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shane Victorino hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Placido Polanco had a three-run shot, powering the Phillies to the win.
One night after beating Roy Halladay, the Brewers took a 3-0 lead into the sixth against Cliff Lee and were trying to complete their first ever sweep in Philadelphia.
But Polanco connected off starter Chris Narveson to tie it in the sixth. Victorino then hit a long drive to deep right-center off Brandon Kintzler (1-1) to put the Phillies up 4-3.
Ryan Madson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Jose Contreras finished for his fourth save in four tries.
Nationals 8, Cardinals 6, 1st Game; Cardinals 5, Nationals 3, 2nd Game
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Berkman had three hits and two RBIs and the Cardinals got four innings of one-hit relief in a Game 2 victory that gave them a doubleheader split.
Laynce Nix homered and drove in two runs in Game 1 for the Nationals, who chased Jake Westbrook (1-2) with a six-run third inning.
Jaime Garcia (3-0) allowed one earned run in five-plus innings and Colby Rasmus got his fourth RBI of the day as St. Louis snapped Washington’s four-game losing streak in the nightcap. Stand-in closer Mitchell Boggs yielded a hit in the ninth before finishing for his first career save.
Washington’s John Lannan (2-1) pitched five innings in the opener, and Drew Storen got four outs for his second save in two chances.
The second half of a day-night doubleheader drew a paid attendance of 33,714 and a turnstile count of 28,536, a massive improvement over the opener. A sparse crowd of 8,686 showed up for Game 1 to watch the makeup of a rainout Tuesday night.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-3) pitched six innings for the Nationals in the nightcap, allowing five runs and eight hits.
Cubs 2, Padres 1, 11 innings, Game 1; Padres 5, Cubs 4, Game 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Ludwick had three hits, including one of the Padres’ three home runs, and San Diego salvaged a split of a doubleheader.
Cameron Maybin and Chris Denorfia also homered off Cubs starter James Russell (1-3) as the Padres rebounded from a 2-1 loss in 11 innings in the afternoon opener. The teams were forced to play the doubleheader after Tuesday night’s game was rained out.
After losing in Game 1 on Reed Johnson’s homer, San Diego took the lead for good in the second inning of the nightcap on Ludwick’s two-run shot. Maybin extended the lead to 3-0 with his drive in the fourth, and Denorfia connected for a solo shot in the fifth.
Johnson drove home Alfonso Soriano in the fifth for Chicago, and Soriano added a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Aaron Harang (4-0) gave up two runs in six innings for San Diego, and Heath Bell worked around a two-out single by Kosuke Fukudome in the ninth inning for his fifth save.
Johnson’s first homer of the season came off Luke Gregerson (0-1), the fifth Padres pitcher. Jeff Samardzija (1-0) worked two innings for the victory.
Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ian Kennedy overcame a nasty spill on the mound while pitching into the sixth inning, and Arizona earned its third consecutive win.
Kennedy (2-1) got his right leg knocked out from under him by a comeback grounder, but stayed in the game. He also had a run-scoring groundout off Bronson Arroyo (2-2), who got little help from a struggling offense.
The Reds have lost six of seven, falling to 9-9. The last time they had a break-even mark was 30 games into last season.
J.J. Putz got his fifth save in five chances, needing only seven pitches in a perfect ninth.
Justin Upton had a sacrifice fly, and Ryan Roberts added an RBI double off Arroyo, who retired 15 batters in a row after another slow start.
Astros 4, Mets 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a blistering go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and Houston used two smart fielding plays late to send the Mets to their worst home start ever.
New York fell to 1-8 at Citi Field. It had a 1-7 start at the Polo Grounds during its 1962 expansion season before winning its next home game.
The Mets’ seventh straight home loss dropped them to 5-13 overall, their worst start since going 3-15 in 1964, according to STATS LLC.
Astros reliever Jose Valdez made a sweeping tag at home to end the Mets’ eighth-inning comeback. In the ninth, after Jose Reyes got his fourth hit, Josh Thole popped up a bunt and closer Brandon Lyon threw to first for the double play.
Daniel Murphy hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth for the Mets. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-3) got the loss.
Mark Melancon (2-1) got the win and Lyon pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Marlins 6, Pirates 0
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Coghlan drove in three runs, two of them on a second-inning infield single, and Ricky Nolasco struck out eight in seven innings for the Marlins.
Emilio Bonifacio had two hits and scored from second on Coghlan’s slow roller to highlight a four-run Florida second. Nolasco (2-0) gave up four hits, walked one and threw 66 of his 96 pitches for strikes for the Marlins, who have won five of their last six.
Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (2-1) was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in five innings, his ERA more than doubling from 1.64 to 3.33. Matt Diaz had two of Pittsburgh’s five hits, including a double.
The Pirates are 3-7 since April 9.