Wednesday's National League Capsules
Thursday, May 12, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Rollins delivered a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Florida Marlins 5-3 on Wednesday night.
The Phillies fell behind 3-0, but their bats came alive after Cliff Lee departed for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 14 games when he led off the eighth with his sixth homer, which came off Mike Dunn and made the score 3-all. Pete Orr entered in the seventh and had two doubles for Philadelphia.
Dane Sardinha singled with one out in the ninth off Leo Nunez (0-1), then took third on a double by Orr. Both scored on the single by Rollins, who had stranded four runners earlier in the game.
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andres Torres had the go-ahead RBI double, Aubrey Huff hit a tying home run and San Francisco rallied from three runs down to beat Arizona.
Miguel Tejada hit a run-scoring single and then doubled with one out in the sixth to chase Diamondbacks starter Armando Galarraga (3-3).
He scored on Torres’ double off reliever Juan Gutierrez to give San Francisco a season-high fifth straight win. The Giants (20-16) improved to four games over .500 for the first time this season.
Jonathan Sanchez (3-2) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless before Brian Wilson pitched out of jam in the ninth for his 12th save. He gave up a leadoff double to Xavier Nady. a walk to Gerardo Parra. After two outs, Torres caught Kelly Johnson’s flyball against the center field wall for the final out.
Nationals 7, Braves 3, 11 innings
ATLANTA (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the 11th, Jayson Werth followed with a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves.
Alex Cora drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the ninth as Braves closer Craig Kimbrel blew a 3-1 lead.
Drew Storen (3-1) pitched the 10th and Tyler Clippard took over in the 11th for his first save as the Nationals improved to 5-1 in extra-innings games. Scott Linebrink (0-1) took the loss.
Atlanta’s Eric Hinske homered in the seventh in his first start of the season in right field. He filled in for Jason Heyward, who will have an MRI on his sore right shoulder on Thursday.
Padres 13, Brewers 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead runs and Ryan Ludwick homered in an eight-run eighth inning after the San Diego Padres had already squandered one big lead in a win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Padres racked up a season-high 23 hits after coming in hitting a majors-worst .219.
Chris Denorfia led off the game with a homer and San Diego built an early 5-0 lead, but Milwaukee rallied with Prince Fielder’s 200th career homer and Yuniesky Betancourt’s solo shot to go ahead 6-5 until the eighth. Jason Bartlett tied it with a single and Maybin doubled down the line with the bases loaded. Ludwick followed with a two-run shot that made it 11-6, and the Padres kept rolling from there.
Chad Qualls (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings of relief, including getting out of a bases-loaded jam trailing 6-5 in the sixth to earn the win. Kameron Loe (2-4) took the loss.
Dodgers 2, Pirates 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hiroki Kuroda allowed just three hits over seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kuroda (4-3) struck out eight and walked three as the Dodgers won back-to-back games for the first time in three weeks.
The Dodgers scored their first run against Paul Maholm (1-5) on a double-play grounder in the sixth. Jerry Sands added an RBI double for Los Angeles, which hadn’t posted consecutive victories on the road since taking two games from the San Diego Padres in early April.
Matt Guerrier worked the eighth and Vicente Padilla gave up a two-out double in the ninth before finishing the four-hitter for his third save.
Astros 4, Reds 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros avoided a series sweep with a win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Leake (3-2) walked J.R. Towles with one out in the ninth before Pence’s full-count hit landed in the corner of right field and sent Towles home.
The Astros led 3-1 before the Reds tied it with consecutive homers by Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs in the seventh inning.
Mark Melancon (3-1) picked up the win in relief.
Cubs 11, Cardinals 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Garza got his first win at Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs delivered their biggest offensive output of the season to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chicago scored six runs in the third after a 53-minute rain delay, added four more in the fifth and finished with 17 hits, four by Starlin Castro. The runs were the most the Cubs had scored this season and the hits tied a season high.
The Cards dropped to 1-1 without manager Tony La Russa, who missed his second straight game as he recovers from shingles. He’ll be absent for the remainder of St. Louis’ six-game road swing that ends Sunday in Cincinnati.
Garza (2-4) went five innings, allowing three hits and a run. St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (2-3) took the loss.