Monday's National League Capsules
Originally published May 24, 2011 at midnight, updated May 24, 2011 at 12:29 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez homered to back Cole Hamels, and the Philadelphia Phillies handed the Cincinnati Reds their sixth straight loss, 10-3 on Monday night.
Chase Utley returned to Philadelphia’s lineup after missing the first 46 games with a right knee injury. The five-time All-Star second baseman was 0 for 5, the only starter without a hit.
His teammates did all the damage.
A struggling offense that had nine runs combined in the previous six games scored nine by the third inning.
That was more than enough for Hamels (6-2). He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (3-5) allowed nine runs and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Brewers 11, Nationals 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corey Hart hit his first three home runs this season and drove in seven to tie both club records, lifting surging Milwaukee.
Hitless in his previous 11 at-bats, Hart smacked two-run shots in the first and fifth innings off Tom Gorzelanny (2-4) to reach 100 homers for his career. He finished with a three-run homer off Doug Slaten with two outs in the eighth.
Prince Fielder also homered for Milwaukee, which has won seven straight at home and 11 of the last 14 overall.
That was plenty of support for Yovani Gallardo (6-2), who retired 12 straight at one point and allowed only one run — on Michael Morse’s homer in the second — in seven innings.
Cardinals 3, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his first homer in 106 at-bats to end the longest drought of his career and St. Louis scored two runs off Heath Bell in the ninth.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals won for the seventh time in eight games. The Padres have lost six of seven, and their 8-19 home record is the worst in the NL.
Daniel Descalso’s RBI single to right off Bell (2-1) broke a 1-1 tie. Ryan Theriot hit a two-out single to bring in Descalso.
Kyle Lohse (6-2) held the Padres to one run and five hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked one. Fernando Salas got the final two outs for his eighth save in as many chances.
Astros 4, Dodgers 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Hunter Pence’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
The Astros trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning before Michael Bourn tied it with his two-out, full-count double down the right-field line that scored two against Kenley Jansen (1-1).
Bill Hall started the rally with a one-out single and Angel Sanchez walked with two outs. Hall and Sanchez advanced on a double steal to put the tying runs in scoring position for Bourn.
Jansen hit Clint Barmes with a pitch before Pence’s looping line drive to left field sent Bourn home. Catcher Dioner Navarro blocked the plate but Bourn slid in behind him to tag home.
Jeff Fulchino (1-2) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for Houston.
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