Tuesday's National League Capsules
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Phillies 5, Rockies 0
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Kendrick tossed eight sparkling innings, Ryan Howard homered twice and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Tuesday night.
Hunter Pence doubled twice and Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez each singled and scored a run for the Phillies, who have won five straight.
Kendrick (6-5) yielded four hits, struck out a career-high seven and walked two in his longest outing in 11 starts this season.
The Phillies got off to a fast start against Aaron Cook (2-6), who pitched four innings before leaving with muscle spasms in his neck.
Marlins 4, Mets 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie second baseman Justin Turner committed a crucial throwing error in the ninth inning, allowing Florida to score two runs and rally past the Mets.
Omar Infante hit a pair of solo shots for Florida, giving him three homers this season, but star shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in pain after spraining his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield.
Jason Isringhausen (2-2) hit John Buck with a pitch, loading the bases, and pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen hit a slow grounder to second base. Turner charged the ball and Buck stopped in the middle of the basepath, so Turner tossed to first. But his throw went high and wide past Lucas Duda, handing Florida a 4-3 lead.
Steve Cishek (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, helping the Marlins (55-55) get back to .500 for the first time since June 12.
Nationals 9, Braves 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Ankiel kept up his sudden power surge, hitting a grand slam off Derek Lowe that sent the Nationals over Atlanta for their fourth straight win.
The Nationals have their longest winning streak since Davey Johnson became manager on June 27. Atlanta has lost three straight.
Ankiel connected for his sixth home run of the season. He homered twice Monday night against the Braves.
Ankiel’s shot highlighted a five-run burst in the fourth inning against Lowe (6-10) that put Washington ahead 6-3.
John Lannan (8-7) struck out a season-high eight and improved to 3-0 against Atlanta this year. He gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Cubs 11, Pirates 6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs’ season-high six home runs and the Cubs had 21 hits in a victory over the fading Pirates.
Soriano hit solo shots in the third inning off Kevin Correia (12-9) and the fourth off Anthony Watson. Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Geovany Soto had a two-run blast and Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin also connected.
The home run barrage sent the Pirates to their fifth straight loss and 10th in 13 games. Pittsburgh fell back to .500 at 54-54.
Garrett Jones hit two home runs and had four RBIs Brandon Wood also connected for the Pirates.
Randy Wells (3-4) went six innings, allowing two runs and five hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Reds 5, Astros 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Edgar Renteria hit a grand slam in Cincinnati’s five-run fifth inning and Homer Bailey pitched eight solid innings.
Chris Heisey and Ramon Hernandez sparked Cincinnati’s big inning with consecutive doubles, making it 1-0. Wandy Rodriguez (7-8) walked Bailey and Drew Stubbs with one out to set up Renteria’s ninth career grand slam, which landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field.
Bailey (6-5) allowed one run and five hits.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 7, 11 innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lance Berkman singled in Matt Holliday with two out in the 11th inning and St. Louis beat the Brewers in a matchup of NL Central contenders that turned testy as the night wore on.
Sluggers Albert Pujols of the Cardinals and Ryan Braun each were hit by a pitch in the seventh, and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina became so incensed after he was ejected in the 10th that plate umpire Rob Drake had to wipe his face during the argument.
Holliday sparked the Cardinals’ winning rally by beating a grounder to shortstop with two outs. Holliday then swiped second for his first stolen base of the season and scored when Berkman hit a shallow flare to left against Marco Estrada (2-7).
Kyle McClellan (8-6) allowed a one-out single to Casey McGehee in the 11th, but earned the victory after Octavio Dotel got the final two outs for his first save in the NL this year and second this season.
Dodgers 1, Padres 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hiroki Kuroda pitched four-hit ball for seven innings and Matt Kemp had two hits and an RBI for Los Angeles.
Kuroda (7-13) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Mat Latos (5-11) went seven solid innings while yielding one run, but was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his first career homer, a two-run shot off Tim Lincecum that helped Arizona move into a tie for first place in the NL West with the Giants.
Justin Upton added a two-run home run as the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight to grab a piece of the division lead for the first time since June 24. Ryan Roberts had two hits and drove in a run.
Daniel Hudson (11-7) outdueled Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner. He allowed one run on six hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Lincecum (9-9) lasted seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits, all in the fifth. He walked three and struck out eight.
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