Sunday's National League Capsules
Monday, July 25, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Xavier Paul scored on Chase d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Sunday.
Paul legged out an infield hit with one out against St. Louis reliever Jason Motte (3-2), then stole second and advanced to third when catcher Gerald Laird’s throw rolled into center field.
D’Arnaud lined to center and the speedy Paul easily beat the throw from center fielder Colby Rasmus as the Pirates snapped a three-game losing streak.
Joe Beimel (1-1) retired the Cardinals in order to pick up his first victory as a Pirate in more than eight years.
Ronny Cedeno and Eric Fryer had two hits apiece for Pittsburgh.
Dodgers 3, Nationals 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chad Billingsley overcame a shaky first inning to pitch seven innings of two-hit ball, Aaron Miles drove in two runs and the Dodgers beat the Nationals.
Both of Washington’s hits came in the first inning on singles by Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse, who drove in Washington’s run. Billingsley (9-8) allowed only one baserunner after that, issuing a leadoff walk to Jayson Werth in the fourth.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect eighth, and rookie Javy Guerra did likewise in the ninth for his seventh save in as many attempts. The Dodgers have won seven of their last 12 games, and Guerra has preserved five of the wins.
Jason Marquis (8-5) lost for the third time in four starts, giving up three runs, five hits and four walks in six innings.
Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 0
PHOENIX (AP) — Justin Upton went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs, and the Diamondbacks took two of three from Colorado with a victory in what might have been Ubaldo Jimenez’s last start for the Rockies.
Upton, who reached base five times, has nine RBIs in his last two games.
The Diamondbacks, finishing a 6-4 home stand, scored five times on eight hits in five innings against Jimenez (6-9), reportedly available for the right offer before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Micah Owings (4-0), in a spot start as the Diamondbacks search for a reliable fifth starter, blanked the Rockies on two hits through five innings, striking out two and walking three. He also had an RBI single.
Cubs 5, Astros 4, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker’s game-winning single in the 10th inning helped Chicago complete its first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field in nearly two years as the Cubs beat the Astros.
It’s Chicago’s first three-game winning streak this season.
Marlon Byrd led off the 10th inning with a deep fly ball to right-center. Astros right fielder Hunter Pence was in the area to catch it but apparently lost it in the sun. Byrd ended up on third with a triple.
Astros reliever David Carpenter (0-1) then struck out Geovany Soto, after intentional walks to Tony Campana and Darwin Barney, Baker ended the game with a liner down the left-field line.
Cubs reliever John Grabow (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win.
Phillies 5, Padres 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Halladay bounced back from his shortest stint of the season to strike out eight in eight innings and lead the Phillies to a win over the Padres.
Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz each had two RBIs to lead the Phillies to their fifth straight win.
Halladay (12-4) had trouble pitching in the heat and humidity in his last start at Chicago and left after four-plus innings. It was 94 degrees for the first pitch Sunday, and Halladay allowed three runs and eight hits and didn’t get the side in order until the sixth.
He labored through the first five innings, then retired the last 10 batters.
Marlins 5, Mets 4
MIAMI (AP) — John Buck doubled for his first career pinch-hit RBI to drive in the go-ahead run with two out in the eighth inning, and the Marlins rallied past the Mets.
The Marlins trailed 4-3 going into the eighth against Bobby Parnell (3-2). Logan Morrison led off with a game-tying homer, and Mike Stanton singled. A sacrifice advanced the runner, and Buck put Florida ahead.
Buck, the Marlins’ regular catcher, was pinch-hitting for only the third time this season.
Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio singled leading off the first inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 23 games, the longest active streak in the majors. Stanton hit his 22nd home run.
Giants 2, Brewers 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants survived another one-run game, beating the Brewers.
Mike Fontenot and Jeff Keppinger each drove in runs for the Giants, who have won seven of 10 games since the All-Star break. Aubrey Huff had three hits and Brandon Belt added two.
Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers, who lost for the third time in four games. Prince Fielder and Corey Hart each had two hits.
Bumgarner (6-9) won his third straight decision after allowing a run on eight hits over 7 2-3 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Sergio Romo got one out and Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 35 chances.
Yovani Gallardo (11-7) lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits.
Reds 4, Braves 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Drew Stubbs led off the ninth with a first-pitch homer, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a victory over the Atlanta Braves and their first set of back-to-back victories in more than five weeks.
The defending NL Central champions hadn’t won consecutive games since June 14-15.
Stubbs went the opposite way on the first offering from Scott Linebrink (3-2), completing the Reds’ all-power night. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer, and Miguel Cairo added a solo shot off rookie Brandon Beachy, giving Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.
Francisco Cordero (4-3) fanned pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad with a runner on third base to end the Braves’ ninth.