Monday's National League Capsules
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman capped a three-run rally against San Francisco closer Brian Wilson in the ninth with a two-run single to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Wilson (6-4) couldn’t hold a 4-2 lead. He gave up three hits and two walks in the ninth for his fifth blown save in 40 chances.
Nate Schierholtz snapped a 2-2 tie with his homer to right in the sixth. Mike Fontenot, in the game when Pablo Sandoval left with a foot injury in the first inning, added an eighth-inning homer off Tim Hudson.
The Braves rallied in the Giants’ first return to Atlanta since beating Atlanta in the 2010 NL division series.
The Braves stretched their lead to five games over San Francisco in the NL wild-card race. The Giants began the night two games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West.
Mets 5, Padres 4, 10 innings
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice with one out in the 10th inning and New York snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 15 games.
Lucas Duda and Josh Thole both had a homer among their three hits, and Thole had three RBIs.
After the Padres tied the game in the eighth on a run-scoring single by pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman, the Mets opened the 10th with consecutive walks by Jason Pridie and Thole against rookie left-hander Josh Spence (0-2). They advanced on a sacrifice and Pridie scored when Hairston hit a hard grounder to shortstop Alberto Gonzalez with the infield in. Gonzalez fielded the ball and fell backward. He had no play at first but the Padres threw out Thole at third.
Manny Acosta (1-0) got the win after pitching the ninth. Jason Isringhausen allowed a walk and a single in the 10th before securing his seventh save in 11 chances this season and the 300th of his career.
Pirates 6, Cardinals 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Doumit went 4 for 4 and hit a tiebreaking three-run home run to lift the Pirates to a victory over the Cardinals.
Doumit’s homer in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook (9-7) snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh break its three-game losing streak. The switch-hitting catcher matched a career high with his sixth four-hit game.
St. Louis, which had won three of its last four, fell 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Xavier Paul, who homered, and Neil Walker each had two hits for the Pirates, and James McDonald (8-6) pitched 5 2-3 uneven innings to end his three-start winless streak. McDonald allowed two runs and six hits while walking two and striking out four.
Brewers 3, Dodgers 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Randy Wolf tossed eight effective innings and the Brewers turned a triple play as part of a superb defensive effort in a victory over the Dodgers.
Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart homered for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who have won 17 of 19 and have a six-game lead over second-place St. Louis after the Cardinals lost 6-2 at Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee converted four double plays and threw out two runners at home, including one on the triple play.
In the second, James Loney hit a grounder that second baseman Josh Wilson grabbed up the middle, flipping the ball out of his glove to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt threw to Prince Fielder at first and Fielder fired home, where George Kottaras tagged out Matt Kemp.
Cubs 4, Astros 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Geovany Soto had three hits and two RBIs and Kerry Wood earned his first save in over a year as the Cubs won for the 12th time in 15 games with a victory over the Astros.
Rodrigo Lopez (4-3) pitched an effective 5 1-3 innings, allowing two earned runs and the bullpen held on for Chicago. Wood’s last save came on June 29, 2010 against Toronto while he was with Cleveland, but he had his club record tying streak of eight straight strikeouts dating back to Aug. 5 broken by Jason Michaels, who flew out to begin the ninth. Wood struck out the last two batters.
Henry Sosa (0-2) allowed four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings for Houston, which has dropped seven in a row and 10 of their last 11.
Rockies 7, Marlins 4
DENVER (AP) — Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run ninth inning, and the Rockies rallied for a victory over the Marlins.
The Rockies, who had been 0-55 this season when trailing after eight innings, were down to their last out when Dexter Fowler blooped a double to shallow center off Leo Nunez (1-3). He was nearly caught between first and second but Greg Dobbs’ throw to first base was off line.
Carlos Gonzalez followed with a game-tying double to right. Troy Tulowitzki was walked intentionally and Randy Choate relieved Nunez, who had entered with two outs in the eighth. Giambi followed with a drive into the seats in right field for his 11th home run, setting off a celebration at home plate.