Wednesday's National League Capsules
Thursday, September 8, 2011
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ross Gload hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep and extend their lead to 10 1/2 games in the NL East.
The major league-leading Phillies (91-48) reduced their magic number to 12 for clinching their fifth straight division title. They are 43 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history.
It may be a costly win for the Phillies because five-time All-Star Chase Utley left the game for precautionary reasons for a possible concussion, two innings after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Eric O’Flaherty.
Raul Ibanez drew a one-out walk off Peter Moylan (1-1) in the ninth. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single to left. Gload then ripped a hard grounder down the right-field line to score Ibanez.
Ryan Madson (4-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win after Roy Oswalt tossed seven strong innings.
Padres 3, Giants 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Harang threw seven strong innings and Cameron Maybin had two hits and an RBI as the Padres dealt a big blow to the Giants’ fading playoff hopes.
The Giants, who have 19 games left, came into the game trailing NL West-leading Arizona by six games.
San Francisco rookie Brett Pill homered for a second straight game after he hit a home run Tuesday night in his first major league at-bat.
Will Venable had a solo homer and scored twice, while Maybin doubled and tripled in a run in the ninth.
The Padres got clutch defensive plays by Venable and Maybin.
Mets 1, Marlins 0
MIAMI (AP) — R.A. Dickey made an early run stand up, blanking Florida for seven innings and pitching the Mets past the Marlins.
Jose Reyes led off the game with a single and scored on a one-out double down the left-field line by Lucas Duda.
Dickey (8-11) and relievers Josh Stinson and Manny Acosta combined on a five-hitter. The Mets also managed just five hits.
The Mets played their final game at the Marlins’ stadium before Florida moves into a new home next season. The Mets finished 75-74 at the park the Marlins had shared with the Miami Dolphins since 1993.
Dickey gave up four hits and three walks. The knuckleballer struck out three.
Brad Hand (1-6) allowed one run, three hits and four walks in six innings.
Pirates 5, Astros 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen homered twice, pinch-hitter Jason Jaramillo singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Pirates beat the Astros.
McCutchen hit a solo homer in the first after Houston had taken a 3-0 lead and a three-run shot in the fifth to tie the game at 4.
Jaramillo’s single off Sergio Escalona scored pinch-runner Chase d’Arnaud, giving Clint Hurdle his 600th career managerial victory.
Carlos Lee, Matt Downs and Clint Barmes homered for the Astros, who have lost five of six.
The Pirates’ bullpen combined for 5 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, with Tony Watson (2-2) getting the final out in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan working a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 39 opportunities.
Cardinals 2, Brewers 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Carpenter pitched a four-hitter to record his first shutout in two years and Rafael Furcal hit a solo home run as the Cardinals defeated the Brewers.
After losing the series opener on Monday, the Cardinals won the last two to move within 8 1/2 games of the first-place Brewers in the NL Central with 19 games to play. The Cardinals are 6 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the wild card race with the Braves coming to St. Louis on Friday to start a three-game series.
The benches and bullpens emptied in the top of the ninth after Carpenter (9-9) struck out Nyjer Morgan. The two had words and Morgan headed toward the mound before being restrained by teammate Prince Fielder. No punches were thrown and Morgan was ejected.
Cubs 6, Reds 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Cubs to a victory over the Reds.
Aramis Ramirez had a two-run double for Chicago, which took two of three against Cincinnati to earn a split of its six-game homestand. Starlin Castro and DJ LeMahieu each had two hits for the Cubs.
Castro sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Logan Ondrusek (4-5). Reed Johnson moved Castro to second with a sacrifice before the Reds decided to intentionally walk Ramirez and bring in left-hander Bill Bray to face the lefty-batting Pena.
Pena pulled Bray’s first pitch onto Sheffield Avenue for his 26th homer and third in his last eight games.
Yonder Alonso had three hits for Cincinnati, which has lost seven of 10.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3
DENVER (AP) — Joe Saunders tossed six solid innings, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero homered and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies.
Jon McDonald and Gerardo Parra had two hits each for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have won 13 of 15 and increased their lead in the NL West to seven games over San Francisco.
The Giants lost to San Diego 3-1 on Wednesday.
J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 37th saves.
Wilin Rosario, Kevin Millwood and Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies.
Saunders (10-12) won for just the second time since the end of July. He gave up three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out four to become the third Arizona starter with double-digit wins.
Millwood (2-2) gave up four runs on 10 hits and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings.