Sunday's National League Capsules
Monday, September 5, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie Bloomquist hit a go-ahead two-run triple after Ryan Roberts' solo homer tied it in the eighth, and the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks extended their division cushion to a season-best seven games with a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The D-backs finally delivered for Daniel Hudson (15-9) when they got to All-Star Ryan Vogelsong in the eighth. Until then, Cody Ross' first-inning home run had held up. Hudson won his third straight start, helping Arizona (80-60) leave the Bay Area for Colorado in a comfortable spot with 22 games to go.
The defending World Series champion Giants considered this a must-win series to keep their faint playoff hopes alive but lost the final two.
Hudson allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. David Hernandez went 1-2-3 in the eighth and J.J. Putz pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save.
Vogelsong (10-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last four starts.
Brewers 4, Astros 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Shaun Marcum pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, helping the Brewers complete the three-game series sweep.
Ryan Braun homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for Milwaukee, which increased its NL Central lead to 9½ games over St. Louis.
Jordan Schafer singled with one out the sixth for Houston's only hit off Marcum (12-5), who struck out eight and walked one.
Francisco Rodriguez and Takashi Saito each allowed a hit in one inning of relief to finish the three-hitter.
Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (10-10) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out eight and walked three.
Marlins 5, Phillies 4, 14 innings
MIAMI (AP) — Mike Cameron drove in the winning run with a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the 14th inning, and the Marlins benefited from an overturned ruling after a video review.
Hunter Pence was ruled out on fan interference in the sixth inning after initially being awarded a double, and the ruling change may have cost the Phillies two runs. They played the game under protest.
The lead changed hands four times, and Florida came from behind for the second game in a row to take the series.
The Marlins had a hit in all but two innings, but they stranded a franchise-record 23 runners and went 3 for 19 with runners in scoring position. Clay Hensley (3-6) pitched two perfect innings to get the victory.
Philadelphia reliever David Herndon (1-3) issued seven walks in 3 2-3 innings.
Padres 7, Rockies 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeremy Hermida and Will Venable drove in three runs apiece, and the Padres snapped a nine-game losing streak.
Hermida had an RBI single in the first and a two-run single in the third as the Padres won for the first time since a 7-5 victory at San Francisco on Aug. 23. Venable tripled with the bases loaded in a four-run eighth inning.
Mat Latos (7-13) struck out eight in seven innings for San Diego, yielding two runs and five hits.
Colorado's Dexter Fowler had three hits, including a triple, for the second straight day. Fowler's 15th triple set a career high and franchise record.
Rockies starter Aaron Cook (3-9) only gave up four hits in six innings, but allowed three runs and walked four.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Prado hit a game-ending RBI single in the ninth inning and the Braves ended the Dodgers' six-game winning streak.
Atlanta avoided getting swept in a three-game series for the first time this season.
Jose Constanza set up the win with a one-out single off Blake Hawksworth (2-5). Constanza moved to second on a wild pitch and scored easily when Prado's liner landed inside the left-field line.
Craig Kimbrel (4-2) retired the side in order in the top half to get the victory.
Reds 3, Cardinals 2, 10 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Juan Francisco capped a career-best four-hit day with the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning, lifting Cincinnati to the victory.
Jon Jay homered and Daniel Descalso had an RBI triple for the Cardinals, who fell 9½ games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee heading into a three-game series with the Brewers starting Monday night. St. Louis was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and 2 for 20 with men on base.
Francisco Cordero went through the heart of St. Louis' order for his 30th save in 35 chances and 13th in a row, also giving him seven 30-save seasons. Edgar Renteria hit a two-run homer in the first for the Reds, who won for only the second time in their last eight games.
Fernando Salas (5-6) was charged with the loss, and Bill Bray (5-2) got the victory.
Mets 6, Nationals 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Willie Harris had a pinch-hit two-run single, highlighting a four-run rally in the sixth inning that lifted New York to the victory in what was likely Livan Hernandez's final game with Washington.
Hernandez, who started the Nationals' home opener in 2005, made his final start of this season, and though he's indicated a willingness to return as a reliever, the team hasn't indicated it wants him back.
The fans gave Hernandez (8-13) a warm ovation as he walked in from the bullpen to start the game, and a longer thank you when he left during the four-run inning.
Lucas Duda hit a long home run to center field with one out in the sixth to tie it at 3.
Ryota Igarashi (3-1) got the win and Bobby Parnell worked the ninth for his fifth save.
Cubs 6, Pirates 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Randy Wells pitched six strong innings and Marlon Byrd drove in two runs to help the Cubs avoid a three-game series sweep.
Wells (7-4) was impressive again after pitching his first career shutout in Monday's 7-0 win over the Giants. He allowed one run while scattering seven hits.
Sean Marshall pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in eight chances as Chicago won just for the third time in 10 games.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton (9-9) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Neil Walker hit a two-run shot in the eighth and Derrek Lee had three hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost six of eight.
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