Monday's National League Capsules
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
ATLANTA (AP) — Eric Stults combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, Chase Headley homered and drove in two runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday night.
Stults (3-2) gave up five hits and one run in 7 2-3 innings — his longest start in three years. While with the Dodgers, Stults beat the Giants 8-0 on May 9, 2009, his last complete game.
The Padres, who had a six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, have won eight of 10 for the first time this season.
Yonder Alonso had three hits, and Chris Denorfia had two hits and scored two runs for the Padres.
Stults lost his bid for a shutout in the eighth when Michael Bourn singled and scored on Martin Prado's triple.
Dale Thayer pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Mike Minor (6-9) gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings.
DODGERS 5, PIRATES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shane Victorino hit his 10th homer of the season and drove in three runs to lift Los Angeles over Pittsburgh.
Matt Kemp added two hits for the Dodgers, who moved within 1½ games of the Pirates for one of the two National League wild card spots. Aaron Harang (8-7) pitched six effective innings to snap a two-game losing streak. Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Victorino, acquired in a trade from Philadelphia two weeks ago, hit his first homer with the Dodgers in the fifth inning. The two-run shot off Jeff Karstens (4-3) broke a 2-2 tie and helped Los Angeles beat the Pirates for the seventh straight time.
Garrett Jones had four hits and drove in all three runs for the Pirates, who have dropped four of five.
NATIONALS 14, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kurt Suzuki drove in four runs, Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each knocked in three, and Washington overwhelmed San Francisco in a matchup of NL division leaders.
Gio Gonzalez (15-6) tied a Nationals record for wins in a season, boosted by Washington's highest-scoring game of the season. He won his second straight after going 1-3 in five previous starts, giving up two runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings.
The Nationals led 14-0 in the fifth inning and won for the 11th time in 13 games. They are 7-1 on this road trip.
NL ERA leader Ryan Vogelsong (10-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He ended up with the fourth-best ERA in the NL.
Pinch hitter Brandon Crawford homered and drove in both runs for the Giants, who have lost three of five and dropped into a tie with Los Angeles for the NL West lead.
The 21 hits were most by a visiting team at AT&T Park.
Washington has won 13 of 14 road games and owns the best road winning percentage in the majors.
PHILLIES 4, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched his second consecutive shutout for Philadelphia in a win over Miami.
Hamels, coming off a five-hitter against Atlanta last Tuesday, scattered seven hits and struck out five in his sixth career shutout and 12th complete game. He walked one and threw 85 of 113 pitches for strikes.
It was the first time Hamels tossed two shutouts in a row. The previous Phillies pitcher to accomplish the feat was Cliff Lee, who had three straight in June 2011.
Hamels (13-6) entered 0-3 with a 5.21 ERA in three outings against the Marlins this season. But in his three August starts, he is 2-1 with a 0.72 ERA. He has struck out 20 and walked two.
Juan Pierre had three hits, and Jimmy Rollins scored twice for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game losing streak against Miami.
Nathan Eovaldi (3-8) allowed three runs — two earned — and eight hits in five innings for the Marlins, who have lost four of five.
CUBS 7, ASTROS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija struck out a career high-tying 11 in seven innings and the Chicago Cubs routed Houston.
Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers, and Anthony Rizzo had four hits for the Cubs.
Chicago won for just the second time in 13 games. The Astros have lost 25 of its last 27 road games.
The crowd of 31,452 was the smallest of the season at Wrigley Field.
Samardzija (8-10) allowed one run and four hits. He also fanned 11 at Atlanta on July 2.
The Astros, who have the worst record in the majors, got their run on the first career homer by rookie Brandon Barnes, a pinch-hit shot in the sixth.
Armando Galarraga (1-2) was tagged for five runs and seven hits.
ROCKIES 9, BREWERS 6
DENVER (AP) — DJ LeMahieu had a career-best four hits, Jeff Francis pitched effectively into the sixth inning, and Colorado beat Milwaukee.
Dexter Fowler, Eric Young Jr., Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson each had two of Colorado's 15 hits. Every position player for the Rockies had at least one hit as they ended a four-game home losing streak.
Carlos Gomez homered among his three hits, and Rickie Weeks also homered for the Brewers.
Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers couldn't duplicate his outing on Tuesday when was perfect through six innings against Cincinnati.
Fiers (6-5) showed none of that sharpness in losing for the first time since July 22. He came into the game 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in August but was hit hard early. Fiers allowed eight runs and nine hits, and struck out one in two-plus innings. It was his shortest start of the season and the first time this year he failed to go at least five innings.
Francis (4-4) allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two in 5 1-3 innings. He earned his first win since beating Arizona on July 25.