Saturday's National League Capsules
Sunday, June 5, 2011
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a tying grand slam in the eighth inning for his second homer of the game and Jamey Carroll singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
The Dodgers pulled off their biggest comeback of the season and improved to 5-0 in extra innings.
Carroll’s fourth hit started a four-run rally off Carlos Fisher (0-3). Aaron Miles also singled home a run, and Fisher’s throwing error helped the Dodgers pull away. Kemp finished it with a run-scoring forceout for his career-high sixth RBI.
Rookie Javy Guerra (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the 10th for his first big league win.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 4, 12 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 12th inning to give the Cardinals a victory.
Pujols had his ninth game-ending homer of his career and first since Aug. 16, 2009, against the Padres on a 2-1 pitch from Jeff Samardzija (3-2).
St. Louis relievers retired 17 in a row to end it, with Eduardo Sanchez (2-1) striking out two in two perfect innings. The Cubs have lost eight of 10 and didn’t get a hit after Carlos Pena’s infield single with one out in the seventh.
Pena hit a two-run homer in the Cubs’ four-run sixth against Kyle Lohse. Kosuke Fukudome had three hits, two of them doubles, with an RBI.
Rockies 2, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki had three hits and drove in a run, Jhoulys Chacin pitched six effective innings and Colorado beat the Giants.
Chacin (6-4) allowed one run and four hits to end a personal two-game losing streak and help the Rockies win in San Francisco for the first time in five games.
Cody Ross homered on his bobblehead day but the Giants still eneded a three-game winning streak. Madison Bumgarner (2-7) yielded an earned run and seven hits over seven innings.
Mets 5, Braves 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Dillon Gee outpitched Jair Jurrjens to remain unbeaten this season and Jose Reyes hit a bases-loaded triple for the Mets.
Pinch-hitter Jason Pridie snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and the Mets took advantage of an error by shortstop Alex Gonzalez to score five times in the inning.
Gee (6-0) won his fourth straight start, needing only 85 pitches to get through seven innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Jurrjens (7-2) allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked none. His major league-best ERA rose from 1.51 to 1.75.
Brewers 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) — Prince Fielder hit his 13th homer and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Milwaukee’s two-run seventh inning, helping the Brewers beat Florida.
Yovani Gallardo (8-2) pitched six effective innings to win his sixth consecutive start and Milwaukee posted back-to-back wins in South Florida for the first time since April 10-11, 2007.
John Axford pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 17 opportunities.
Chris Volstad (2-5) gave up six hits, struck out four and walked one in seven innings. He dropped to 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA in his last seven starts.
Pirates 6, Phillies 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings and the Pirates sent Philadelphia to its fourth consecutive loss.
Andrew McCutchen and Lyle Overbay each had three hits and Brandon Wood homered for Pittsburgh, which has won four of five and could complete a sweep of first-place Philadelphia on Sunday to reach .500.
Morton (6-2) was charged with two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts, his trademark sinker inducing 11 groundball outs to only two outfield putouts.
With Joe Blanton on the disabled list and Vance Worley in the minors, Kyle Kendrick (3-4) made his third start of the season for Philadelphia and first since May 19. He was charged with four runs on eight hits with no walks or strikeouts in five innings.
Diamondbacks 2, Nationals 0
PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Saunders escaped two early jams to go seven innings in a combined four-hitter, helping Arizona shut out Washington for the second straight game.
Stephen Drew and Xavier Nady drove in runs with extra-base hits off Livan Hernandez (3-7), which was more than enough for Saunders (3-5). The left-hander retired the final 14 batters and held the Nationals to two hits, a night after Josh Collmenter limited them to three in seven scoreless innings.
David Hernandez got through a tough spot in the eighth inning and J.J. Putz bounced back from his first blown save to close out Arizona’s 18th win in 22 games.
Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits, but got one run or less support for the seventh time in 13 starts to stay remain winless in seven outings since April 28.
Padres 6, Astros 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Harang pitched into the seventh inning, Brad Hawpe had a two-run double and the Padres beat Houston to win consecutive home games for the first time this season.
The Padres won for just the 11th time in 32 games at Petco Park. It was the third time the Padres scored at least six runs at home this season.
Ryan Ludwick scored three runs and rookie Logan Forsythe put the Padres ahead with his first big league RBI.
Harang (6-2), who joined his hometown Padres in the offseason, matched his win total from each of the last three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, when he struggled due to back spasms. He held the Astros to two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Houston’s Aneury Rodriguez (0-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
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