Saturday's National League Capsules
Sunday, May 29, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Maholm pitched a three-hitter for his first victory in a month, Ronny Cedeno, Lyle Overbay, Chris Snyder and Andrew McCutchen each homered Saturday and the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the Chicago Cubs 10-0.
Maholm (2-7) got his third career shutout in a place he’s always pitched well. Maholm is 8-2 in 15 career starts against the Cubs, including 6-2 in 11 starts at Wrigley Field.
In just his second start of the season and first since April 4, Chicago’s Randy Wells (1-1) lasted four innings after being activated off the disabled list (right forearm strain). Wells gave up five hits, including Cedeno’s second homer, and five runs with three walks and seven strikeouts in a 92-pitch outing.
Padres 2, Nationals 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tim Stauffer pitched seven innings for his first win of the season, Blake Tekotte had the first two hits of his major league career and the Padres beat the Nationals.
Stauffer (1-3) limited the Nationals to four hits and a run — a seventh-inning homer by Laynce Nix — to win for the first time in 11 starts. He struck out four and walked four.
Mike Adams, who threw one pitch on Friday night — Michael Morse’s game-ending homer — pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Heath Bell worked the ninth for his 11th save.
San Diego had lost six of its previous seven.
The Padres, who came in with a .226 average — two points lower than the Nationals — scored three or fewer runs for the 11th straight game. The last time they did that was July 9-21, 1976.
Jordan Zimmermann (2-6) took the loss.
Brewers 3, Giants 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy’s bases-loaded suicide squeeze scored Ryan Braun with one out in the ninth, lifting the Brewers over the Giants.
Lucroy’s well-executed bunt was out of the reach of pitcher Guillermo Mota. Braun easily scored and Lucroy began pumping his fists halfway down the line.
The Brewers squandered a 2-0 lead after the Giants scored twice in the eighth.
Braun and Prince Fielder opened with consecutive singles off Mota (2-2) in the ninth. Casey McGehee’s groundout moved them to scoring position and Lucroy came up after Yuniesky Betancourt was intentionally walked.
John Axford (1-1) pitched the ninth, working around a two-out single by Emmanuel Burriss.
Diamondbacks 11, Astros 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Zach Duke allowed three hits over seven innings and hit a three-run homer in his first game of the season, leading the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Astros.
Duke’s first home run in seven major league seasons came in the Diamondbacks’ four-run fourth inning, a shot over the left field fence off Bud Norris (2-4).
Duke (1-0) missed Arizona’s first 51 games while recovering from a broken hand suffered in spring training. The Astros didn’t get a hit until Clint Barmes’ single to left with one out in the fourth.
Duke, activated off the disabled list earlier Saturday, didn’t allow another runner until he walked Matt Downs in the sixth. Carlos Lee and Brett Wallace each singled in the seventh.
Phillies 5, Mets 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Howard hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Cole Hamels finally beat a familiar nemesis, pitching the Phillies past the slumping Mets.
Hamels (7-2) struck out a season-high 10 and walked none over seven innings to win his third straight outing and improve to 3-9 in 15 career games against the Mets. The left-hander had lost five consecutive starts against them.
This time, he recovered from a shaky start to retire his final 11 batters — five by strikeout — without allowing a ball out of the infield.
Jose Contreras worked a perfect eighth and Ryan Madson got three quick outs for his 11th save in as many tries. Philadelphia pitchers set down the last 17 Mets after Ronny Paulino’s fourth-inning single.
Mike O’Connor (0-1) took the loss.
Rockies 15, Cardinals 4
DENVER (AP) — Chris Iannetta homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs and Juan Nicasio pitched seven solid innings in his major league debut as the Rockies routed the Cardinals.
The hard-throwing Nicasio (1-0) surrendered just six hits and one unearned run after being recalled from Double-A Tulsa to make a spot start.
Nicasio may have just made a compelling case to stick around a while longer as the Rockies tinker with their rotation in the wake of the season-ending elbow injury to Jorge De La Rosa.
The usually reliable Jaime Garcia (5-1) had a rough outing and the Rockies took full advantage to break out of their offensive funk by setting season highs for runs and hits (18).
Braves 7, Reds 6, 12 innings
ATLANTA (AP) — Chipper Jones’ single in the 12th inning drove in Jordan Schafer to give the Braves a win over the weary Reds.
Brian McCann had four hits, including two homers. Freddie Freeman also homered for Atlanta.
It was the second extra-inning game in four days for the Reds, who lost 5-4 in 19 innings in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Carlos Fisher (0-2) walked Schafer to lead off the 12th. Fisher, working his second inning after throwing 5 2-3 innings in Wednesday night’s game, also walked Martin Prado.
The switch-hitting Jones, batting from the left side against the right-handed Fisher, pulled a pitch past second baseman Brandon Phillips into right field. The speedy Schafer easily beat Jay Bruce’s throw to the plate.
Scott Linebrink (1-1) pitched two innings for the win.
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