Monday's National League Capsules
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies turned four double plays behind Joe Blanton, who came off the disabled list to pitch five innings and earn his first victory of the season by helping to beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 on Monday night.
Blanton (1-1) allowed eight hits but left with a 6-3 lead. He made his first start since April 23 after being sidelined with an impingement in his throwing elbow.
The Phillies won for the 18th time in their past 21 games in Miami.
The Marlins’ start matches the best in franchise history, but they’ve lost four of their past five games to fall three behind the NL East-leading Phillies (23-11), who have the best record in the majors.
Javier Vazquez (2-3), who lasted only 4 1-3 innings, allowed nine hits and six runs, five earned.
Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
Gaby Sanchez of Florida drove in three runs with his fifth homer and a double.
Brewers 4, Padres 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out nine over six effective innings in his home debut and Rickie Weeks homered, lifting Milwaukee over San Diego.
Greinke (1-1) bounced back from a disappointing start Wednesday for his first win with the Brewers by allowing five hits to the struggling Padres, who came in with a major league-worst .215 batting average.
Milwaukee’s bullpen held on, thanks to a key double play turned by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and Weeks in the eighth. John Axford pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Weeks also drove in a run with a single in the second inning and then homered in the fifth off Padres starter Mat Latos (0-5) that handed the right-hander his 10th loss in his past 10 decisions.
Reds 6, Astros 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Travis Wood hit a three-run homer and pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning to lead Cincinnati over Houston.
Wood’s shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field made it 3-0 in the third inning and Ramon Hernandez pushed the lead to 5-0 with a two-run homer to almost the same spot an inning later.
Wood (2-3) allowed six hits and struck out six with a walk in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since April 2, his first start of the season.
The Reds looked to have figured out Houston starter Aneury Rodriguez just five days after they managed just one hit in five scoreless innings against him in his first major league start.
Rodriguez (0-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.
Rockies 2, Mets 1
DENVER (AP) — Chris Iannetta broke a seventh-inning tie with a homer that barely cleared the left-field wall and Colorado snapped its four-game skid.
Iannetta, who stretched out a double that led to Colorado’s first run two innings earlier, sent an 81 mph slider from lefty Chris Capuano into the tunnel down the left-field line for his fifth home run with one out in the seventh.
Matt Belisle (3-2) got two outs for the win, Colorado’s fifth in five games against the Mets this season. They swept a four-game series at Citi Field in April.
Rafael Betancourt pitched a perfect eighth and Huston Street worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. Pinch-hitter Willie Harris led off with a check-swing single but was thrown out by Iannetta trying to steal second base after Jose Reyes capped an 0-for-5 night with a flyout to left.
Daniel Murphy grounded out to a diving Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop on the ninth pitch of his at-bat for the final out. New York left the bases loaded twice and stranded 10, finishing 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Capuano (2-4) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Pirates 4, Dodgers 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and surging Pittsburgh beat Los Angeles to move above .500 in mid-May for the first time in seven years.
Garrett Jones led off the eighth with a walk before Walker laced a shot into the right-field corner off Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley (2-2). Jones scored all the way from first to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Lyle Overbay and Ryan Doumit followed with a pair of run-scoring doubles as the Pirates won their third straight.
Jose Veras (1-1) worked a scoreless eighth for the victory. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
The victory lifted Pittsburgh to 18-17, the latest the Pirates have been above .500 in a season since they were 23-22 on May 29, 2004.
The Dodgers have lost seven of nine.