Tuesday's National League Capsules
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Reds had lost eight straight against NL East-leading Philadelphia, including a three-game sweep in last year’s division playoff series.
Bruce came in swinging a hot bat. He had four homers in the last five games and was tied for the NL lead with 12. But he struck out three times and popped out in his first four at-bats before clearing the bases against Ryan Madson (2-1).
Logan Ondrusek (1-0) retired the only batter he faced to get the win. Francisco Cordero finished for his ninth save in 10 tries.
Braves 2, Pirates 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jair Jurrjens pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning to lead Atlanta over Pittsburgh.
Jurrjens (6-1) struck out four and walked one in 7 2-3 innings while dropping his ERA to 1.56. Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save.
Alex Gonzalez had three hits and scored a run for the Braves, who scratched out just enough offense to end Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton’s three-game winning streak. Martin Prado had an RBI double.
Morton (5-2) gave up seven hits in seven-plus innings. He couldn’t quite match Jurrjens, who needed just 97 pitches — 71 strikes — to send the Pirates to their second straight shutout loss.
Rockies 12, Diamondbacks 4, 1st game
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2, 2nd game
DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and Colorado became the first team to decipher Josh Collmenter’s tomahawk-pitching style, rallying past Arizona despite losing pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to a torn elbow ligament in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Then the Rockies lost the nightcap when Joe Saunders (1-5) snapped his six-game losing streak and Kelly Johnson hit a solo homer and had one of three RBI doubles off Jhoulys Chacin (5-3) in the sixth inning.
Colorado manager Jim Tracy was ejected in the third inning of Game 2 after arguing a call at home plate.
Between games, the Rockies said an MRI showed a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in De La Rosa’s left elbow. That likely means Tommy John surgery that would sideline the hard-throwing lefty for at least a year.
In the opener, Greg Reynolds (2-0) threw 3 2-3 effective innings, allowing one run and three hits. He was recently called up and set to start Saturday, but was pressed into duty when De La Rosa had to leave.
Collmenter (3-1), the Arizona rookie with the unusually straight overhand delivery, blanked Colorado for three innings to run his scoreless streak to 24 before he gave up solo homers to Gonzalez and Seth Smith in the fourth.
Dodgers 5, Astros 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Jerry Sands hit a grand slam and Jay Gibbons also homered as Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Houston.
Astros starter J.A. Happ (3-6) walked Jamey Carroll with two outs in the third inning before a single by James Loney. Matt Kemp reached on an error by second baseman Bill Hall to set up the slam by Sands.
The home run by Gibbons in the second put Los Angeles up 1-0.
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (3-4) yielded five hits and four runs with nine strikeouts in six innings to get his first win this month. Javy Guerra pitched a perfect ninth for his first major league save.
Carlos Lee drove in two runs in Houston’s three-run third.
Cubs 11, Mets 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Dempster pitched seven effective innings, Starlin Castro had three hits and two RBIs and Chicago pounded the stumbling New York Mets.
The Cubs kicked off a nine-game homestand with their 11th victory in their past 12 games against NL East teams, hours after putting right-hander Matt Garza on the 15-day disabled list with elbow stiffness.
The Mets dropped their first game since a pair of magazine articles about Fred Wilpon. The embattled owner first made a couple of chilly comments about three of the team’s biggest stars in an interview with The New Yorker, then told Sports Illustrated the club is “bleeding cash” and could lose up to $70 million this year.
Manager Terry Collins held a pregame meeting and urged his team to focus on its play on the field. The Mets all said they got the message, but it was hard to tell on an unseasonably cool night in Chicago.
Backup catcher Ronny Paulino made two errors, leading to five unearned runs. Pat Misch issued consecutive walks to force in a run. Fernando Martinez booted Reed Johnson’s single in the seventh for New York’s third error, setting a season high.
Cubs manager Mike Quade had starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano bat for Dempster in the seventh and he delivered a two-run single.
New York has dropped three straight after winning three in a row. Left fielder Jason Bay came out with a stiff right calf.
Dempster (3-4) allowed one run and seven hits. Jonathon Niese (3-5) took the loss.
Brewers 7, Nationals 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and Brandon Boggs collided into catcher Wilson Ramos to score the go-ahead run, rallying Milwaukee past Washington.
The Brewers have won 12 of 15 overall and have their longest winning streak in the 11-year history of Miller Park at eight games, though this one certainly didn’t come easily.
Corey Hart homered again a night after smacking three, Lucroy hit another and Rickie Weeks added a two-run shot in the seventh.
Mike McClendon (2-0) worked two scoreless innings and John Axford converted his 10th straight save to give him 13 for the season. Michael Morse, who hit his first grand slam earlier in the game, flied out with the bases loaded to end it.
The Nationals have lost six of seven on this road trip, but appeared to be in control after taking a 6-2 lead in the fourth. Henry Rodriguez (1-1) was the losing pitcher.