Sunday's National League Capsules
Monday, April 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers turned a bizarre triple play in the top of the ninth inning, then Dee Gordon singled home the winning run in the bottom half for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday and a three-game sweep.
Matt Kemp hit his fourth homer in three games as the Dodgers sent San Diego to its fourth loss in a row.
It was 4-all when the Dodgers turned their first triple play since June 13, 1998, against Colorado.
Chris Denorfia led off with a single against Javy Guerra (1-0) and Chase Headley walked. Jesus Guzman squared to bunt, but the pitch came high and tight and hit his bat as he backed away.
The ball landed in front of the plate and catcher A.J. Ellis alertly picked it up and threw to third. Guzman, startled by what happened, didn't run to first base, which made it easy for third baseman Juan Uribe to relay to shortstop Gordon at second base. In turn, he threw to James Loney to complete the triple play.
Brad Brach (0-1) was the loser.
BRAVES 7, BREWERS 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game sweep.
Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, who have won five straight after losing their first four games. Beachy (1-1) gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings.
Chris Narveson (1-1) gave up five runs in four innings for the Brewers, who have lost four straight. Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in three runs.
PHILLIES 8, METS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and Ty Wigginton drove in four runs, leading the Phillies over the Mets to avoid a sweep.
Hamels (1-1) struck out 10. It was the 19th double-digit strikeout game of his career.
Philadelphia struggled to cross the plate until scoring twice in the seventh inning against Mets reliever Ramon Ramirez (1-1). The Phillies blew the game open with five unearned runs in the eighth off two Mets relievers.
Laynce Nix, who had been hitless in seven at-bats this season, doubled home Pence to put the Phillies up 3-2 in the seventh.
CARDINALS 10, CUBS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Westbrook allowed one earned run in seven strong innings and rookie Matt Carpenter homered, tripled and drove in five runs for the Cardinals in a victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Cubs starter Paul Maholm (0-2) surrendered six runs in four innings.
Carpenter has been getting regular duty while Lance Berkman recovers from a strained left calf and is batting .409 with 10 RBIs in 22 at-bats.
Westbrook (2-0) dropped 20 pounds in the offseason after a disappointing 2011 in which he went 12-9 but with a 4.66 ERA. He pounded his sinker for 12 groundball outs, and allowed four hits.
REDS 8, NATIONALS 5, 11 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joey Votto hit a two-run double in the 11th inning and Cincinnati avoided a four-game sweep with a victory over the Nationals.
The Reds, who had scored just 10 runs in losing five of six, scored their most runs in a game this season.
Drew Stubbs, who had been 1 for 15 in the series, singled off Tyler Clippard (1-1) to open the 10th. After Wilson Valdez tried unsuccessfully to bunt, Zack Cozart singled and Votto doubled to left. Scott Rolen followed with an RBI single.
Jose Arrendondo (1-0), the fourth Cincinnati pitcher, threw a scoreless 10th. Sean Marshall worked the 11th for his first save of the season.
MARLINS 5, ASTROS 4, 11 INNINGS
MIAMI (AP) — Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit the Miami Marlins' first homers in their new ballpark, activating the much-discussed home run sculpture and helping to beat Houston in 11 innings.
Ramirez tied the game in the eighth against Wilton Lopez with a two-run homer that cleared the 418-foot sign in center field, then singled home the winning run with one out in the 11th.
Miami went 2-3 without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen.
David Carpenter (0-1) was the loser.
They Astros had a runner at second with one out in the 10th, and loaded the bases with two out in the 11th, but failed to score both times against Chad Gaudin (1-0).
DIAMONDBACKS 5, ROCKIES 2
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Cahill earned his first win with Arizona and Chris Young homered and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies to avoid a series sweep.
Acquired from Oakland in the offseason, Cahill (1-0) held the Rockies to four singles in 7 1-3 innings.
Aaron Hill drove in two runs for Arizona, which survived an anxious eighth and spoiled Drew Pomeranz's first start of the season for the Rockies.
Pomeranz (0-1) lasted 4 1-3 innings and threw 100 pitches.
PIRATES 4, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Correia pitched six effective innings, Garrett Jones homered and the Pirates ended a five-game losing skid with a victory over the Giants.
Jones' first homer of the season and Alex Presley's RBI single during a two-run second inning off Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) supplied all the power Pittsburgh needed.
Correia (1-0) allowed one run and three hits. He was only nicked by Emmanuel Burriss' RBI grounder in the fifth to snap San Francisco's three-game winning streak.
Joel Hanrahan pitched out of a jam in the ninth for his first save this season.
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