Tuesday's National League Capsules
Originally published June 15, 2011 at 12:13 a.m., updated June 15, 2011 at 12:42 a.m.
Mets 4, Braves 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Reyes had three hits, two steals, an RBI and scored two runs to lead New York.
Jair Jurrjens (8-3), who began the night with the best ERA in the majors at 1.82, set season highs with five walks while allowing eight hits and four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Reyes' 34th multihit game — tops in the majors — helped Jonathon Niese (6-5) win his third straight decision. Niese allowed two runs, five hits and no walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Dan Uggla's homer off Jason Isringhausen in the eighth cut the Mets' lead to 4-3.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save as the Mets won for the eighth time in 12 games.
Phillies 9, Marlins 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched seven dominant innings to become the NL's second nine-game winner and Domonic Brown hit two of Philadelphia's season-high five homers.
Hamels (9-2) allowed one run and three hits to tie teammate Roy Halladay and Boston's Jon Lester for most wins in the majors. He struck out six and walked one.
Hamels left the game in the eighth with tightness in the middle of his back. There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins hit two-run homers, and Brown had two solo shots to help Philadelphia win its fourth straight game.
Chris Volstad (2-7) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Marlins, who have lost 11 of 12.
Pirates 1, Astros 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Jeff Karstens pitched three-hit ball into the seventh and five relievers finished Pittsburgh's four-hitter.
Garrett Jones drove in the game's only run with a single to right field in the second inning.
Karstens (4-4) struck out three and walked none in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.44 ERA in three starts in June and is working on a scoreless streak of 14 2-3 innings.
Joel Hanrahan pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.
Bud Norris (4-5) struck out nine in seven innings, yielding one run and six hits.
Houston's Hunter Pence went 0 for 4 to snap his career-best 23-game hitting streak, which was the longest current streak in the majors.
Cubs 5, Brewers 4, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Starlin Castro looped a one-out single to right in the 10th inning to score Tony Campana from third base.
The winning run capped a late comeback as Jeff Samardzija (5-2), the last of six Cubs pitchers, won his second straight game in relief.
Trailing 4-1, the Cubs scored three times in the eighth off reliever Marco Estrada. Castro doubled home Kosuke Fukudome, and Aramis Ramirez followed with his fifth homer, a two-run shot that tied it 4-all.
The rally spoiled a strong effort by Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo, who allowed three hits and struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings.
Campana opened the 10th with a double off Tim Dillard (1-1) and moved to third on Fukudome's sacrifice.
Rockies 6, Padres 3
DENVER (AP) — Juan Nicasio had a career-high nine strikeouts in six innings and Chris Iannetta hit a three-run homer as Colorado ended a three-game skid.
Nicasio (2-1) gave up a leadoff homer to Chris Denorfia, but settled down and allowed six hits and walked one in his fourth start since being called up from Double-A Tulsa.
Wade LeBlanc (0-2) was recalled from Triple-A Tucson before the game to help out a banged-up rotation. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Iannetta broke open a 3-2 game in the sixth by hitting his ninth homer of the season off reliever Pat Neshek.
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Cody Ross had a two-run double and scored on a double steal in the fifth inning to help San Francisco build a five-run lead.
The Giants took advantage of an off-kilter Josh Collmenter (4-2) to lead 5-0 after five innings, but starter Matt Cain (6-4) nearly gave it all back over the next two.
Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer off the San Francisco right-hander in the sixth inning to make it 5-4 before Nate Schierholtz gave the Giants the extra cushion they needed with an RBI double in the seventh.
Closer Brian Wilson walked two and had a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth, but struck out Stephen Drew to close out his 19th save.
Collmenter allowed five runs — one fewer than his previous 14 outings combined — and eight hits. He walked three.
Cain allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Reds 3, Dodgers 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched seven sharp innings and Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth for Cincinnati.
Cueto (4-2) limited the Dodgers to an unearned run and five hits in beating them for the first time in five starts.
Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 14th save in 16 chances and the 304th of his career, tying Jeff Montgomery for 19th place.
Cordero walked NL home run leader Matt Kemp with one out, then threw over to first base six times before Kemp stole second and scored on James Loney's single. But pinch-hitter Casey Blake struck out and Rod Barajas popped out with the potential tying run at second.
Clayton Kershaw allowed a run and four hits over seven innings. Reliever Blake Hawksworth (1-2) took the loss.
Nationals 8, Cardinals 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a run-scoring double in his return from the disabled list to spark a six-run seventh-inning as Washington beat St. Louis 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Zimmerman had missed 58 games because of an injured abdominal muscle. He doubled down the right-field line to drive in the Nationals' first run of the seventh.
Washington's last four runs in the inning scored with two outs. The tying run scored on a wild pitch and the Nationals took the lead on a bases-loaded walk.
The six-run inning matched the Nationals' best this season, and extended their winning streak to four games, also tying their season best.
Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman hit home runs for St. Louis, which has lost a season-high four straight games.
Miguel Batista (3-2) relieved starter Jaime Garcia to start the seventh with St. Louis leading 6-2.
Henry Rodriguez (2-1) pitched the seventh to earn the win. Drew Storen worked the ninth for his 16th save.
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