Sunday's National League Capsules
Monday, July 11, 2011
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers pounced on Cincinnati Reds closer Francisco Cordero, rallying in the ninth for a 4-3 victory on Sunday.
Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay tied it with an RBI single, scoring Nyjer Morgan. With the bases loaded and one out, pinch-hitter Craig Counsell delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly.
The rally ruined a return to the big leagues by Dontrelle Willis, who gave up a pair of runs over six innings for the Reds.
Milwaukee again was without Ryan Braun, who has missed the team’s last eight games with a lingering calf strain. Braun will not play in Tuesday’s All-Star game but said he expects to be ready to return when the Brewers resume play in Colorado on Thursday.
Kameron Loe (3-7) got the win for the Brewers (49-43), who won three of four in the series and are tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead at the All-Star break.
Cordero (3-3) blew two save opportunities in the series and has failed to convert his last three chances overall.
Phillies 14, Braves 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Raul Ibanez homered and drove in six runs for Philadelphia, backing eight strong innings by Cole Hamels.
Hamels (11-4) allowed three hits and one run. The left-hander, who was selected to his second All-Star team but won’t pitch due to Sunday’s start, allowed just one hit after the second inning and retired his final 13 batters.
John Mayberry Jr. had three doubles and drove in a career-high four runs for Philadelphia, which finished with a season-high 20 hits.
The Phillies (57-34) took two of three in the series to increase their lead to 3 1/2 games over Atlanta in the NL East. They also matched the club record for wins in the first half, tying the 1993 team.
Derek Lowe (5-7) allowed four runs and 10 hits in four innings for Atlanta.
Giants 4, Mets 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval celebrated his first All-Star game selection by hitting an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 21 games and fellow All-Star Matt Cain pitched six scoreless innings to lead San Francisco over New York.
Nate Schierholtz added four hits and an RBI after being moved up to the cleanup spot for the Giants, who have won four of five to take a three-game lead over Arizona in the NL West heading into the All-Star break. This is the first time since 2003 that San Francisco enters the break in first place.
Cain (8-5) delivered the latest strong pitching performance for the World Series champions. He allowed five hits and three walks, lowering his ERA to 2.06 over his past eight starts.
Brian Wilson allowed an RBI double to Justin Turner in the ninth before recording his 26th save in 30 chances.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (5-8) allowed eight hits and two walks. Nick Evans also hit a pinch-hit homer for the Mets, who lost the final two games here to drop their first road series since losing two of three to the Cubs in May. They still finished the first half at 46-45 despite starting the season 5-13.
Dodgers 4, Padres 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Ethier homered twice before heading off to his second straight All-Star game, and the Dodgers earned their season-high fourth straight victory.
Ted Lilly (6-9) allowed a run and four hits over five innings, helping send the Padres to their fifth straight loss. The 35-year-old left-hander struck out seven and walked two en route to his first victory since June 11 at Colorado.
Javy Guerra, the sixth Dodgers pitcher, worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. The rookie has emerged as the Dodgers’ closer because of season-ending injuries to Jonathan Broxton and Vicente Padilla.
San Diego’s Tim Stauffer (5-6) was charged with three runs, two earned, and three hits in six innings.
Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia won for the sixth time at home and David Freese homered for the first time since April 12, helping the Cardinals earn a four-game split of the series.
Albert Pujols had two hits and Matt Holliday had an RBI single and a walk for the Cardinals, who are tied for the NL Central lead and have a roster finally healthy for the second half.
Brian Roberts hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who completed a 5-5 trip and are in second place in the NL West. Zach Duke (2-4) got the loss.
Garcia (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings to improve to 6-1 with a 1.14 ERA in nine home starts this season. Fernando Salas worked the ninth for his 16th save.
Pirates 9, Cubs 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in five runs, and Pittsburgh entered the All-Star break with their best record in 19 years.
McCutchen backed Paul Maholm with a three-run homer and two sacrifice flies. Neil Walker went 3 for 4, and Alex Presley had two hits and scored two runs for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates (47-43) have their best record and are closer to first place this late in the season than at any time since their most recent winning season in 1992. They are one game back of Milwaukee and St. Louis in the NL Central standings.
Darwin Barney had two hits for the Cubs, who have dropped seven of 10. Ramon Ortiz (0-2) got the loss.
Maholm (6-9) allowed one run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Nationals 2, Rockies 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the seventh inning, Roger Bernadina and Rick Ankiel provided the offense, and Washington went to the All-Star break with a .500 record for the first time since 2005.
This amounted to a rout for the Nationals (46-46), whose previous 10 victories had come by either one run or in extra innings. They ended a three-game losing streak, too — and each of those defeats were by a single run.
Zimmermann (6-7) went 6 1-3 innings, allowing four singles. He was nearly matched by Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin (8-7), who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.
Bernadina hit a broken-bat RBI single in the sixth, and Ankiel hit his third homer of the season in the eighth.
Drew Storen worked around a two-out double to earn his 23rd save.
Marlins 5, Astros 4
MIAMI (AP) — Mike Cameron belted a tying two-run homer for his first hit since joining the Marlins, who completed a four-game sweep.
Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio had three hits, extending his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. He stole three bases and scored twice.
All-Star Gaby Sanchez drove in two runs for the rejuvenated Marlins, who head into the break with a season-best five-game winning streak. They’re only five games below .500 (43-48) despite a streak last month of 19 losses in 20 games.
Houston All-Star Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer. Wandy Rodriguez (6-6) gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Florida’s Chris Volstad (5-8) allowed three runs in six innings. Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save.