Monday's National League Capsules
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cliff Lee threw seven sharp innings, John Mayberry Jr. and Hunter Pence each hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 10-0 Monday night.
The Phillies rocked Dillon Gee (11-5) to earn their major league-best 82nd win. They have a comfortable lead over Atlanta in pursuit of their fifth straight NL East title.
Lee (14-7) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner is 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA this month.
David Herndon pitched the last two innings to complete the five-hitter and record Philadelphia’s 17th shutout.
Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer, Ross Detwiler took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Nationals beat Arizona to extend the Diamondbacks’ losing streak to a season-high six games.
Henry Blanco homered for the Diamondbacks, who have scored only seven runs in their last six games. Mired in its longest skid since a seven-game run in July 2010, Arizona now leads second-place San Francisco by just one game in the NL West.
Werth has had few shining moments this season after signing a $126 million, seven-year deal in December. But he carried the Nationals in this one, scoring a second-inning run before delivering the decisive blow in the fourth against Joe Saunders (8-11).
Brewers 8, Pirates 1, 1st game
Pirates 9, Brewers 2, 2nd game
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Doumit homered and drove in two runs as the Pirates ended more than a year of futility against the Brewers with a win in the second game of a doubleheader.
The Brewers took the opener for their 13th straight victory over Pittsburgh, but the Pirates pounded Milwaukee ace Zack Greinke in the second game.
Greinke (12-5) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings in losing for the first time in a month. The defeat was just the fourth in the last 23 games for the NL Central-leading Brewers.
Braves 3, Cubs 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Jair Jurrjens pitched in and out of trouble for 6 1-3 innings, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered and the Braves beat the Cubs for their fifth straight win.
Jurrjens (13-5) allowed eight hits and walked five. The Cubs stranded 11 runners in the first six innings.
Uggla’s two shots gave him 30 home runs for the fifth straight season. No other second baseman in major league history has reached 30 homers more than three times overall.
Jonny Venters walked the first two batters in the ninth, but got the last three outs for his fifth save.
The Cubs benched Starlin Castro, a day after television cameras showed the 21-year-old shortstop not paying attention as a pitch was thrown during Sunday night’s loss to St. Louis.
Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Aaron Miles’ RBI triple keyed a two-run, ninth inning rally and the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Cardinals.
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, who has never lost to Los Angeles, dominated the Dodgers for eight innings, shutting them out on five hits. Carpenter took a 1-0 lead into the ninth, but then hit Juan Rivera to start the frame.
Manager Tony La Russa brought in Arthur Rhodes, who struck out Andre Ethier. La Russa then went back to his bullpen, but that move backfired when Miles tripled to right center off Fernando Salas (5-5) to tie the game at 1-1.
La Russa then went to Jason Motte, who got Rod Barajas to ground sharply to short. But shortstop Rafael Furcal bobbled the ball briefly allowing Miles to score the go-ahead run.
Rockies 9, Astros 5
DENVER (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin threw seven solid innings and had a two-run double while Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs to help the Rockies beat the Astros.
All nine starters reached base for Colorado, which won its third straight. It’s just the second time since June 18 the Rockies have won three in a row.
Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a homer, Matt Downs also homered for the Astros.
It was the first time Colorado beat Houston right-hander Brett Myers. Myers (3-13) came into Monday 7-0 with a 3.47 ERA in eight appearances against the Rockies, seven of those as a starter.
Chacin (10-10) rebounded from his shortest outing of the season with a strong effort.