Tuesday's National League Capsules
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
DENVER (AP) — Ted Lilly threw six solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers got home runs from Dee Gordon, Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis in a 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Lilly gave up four hits and two runs while the Dodgers pounded out 11 hits off Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and then held on despite a shaky bullpen performance. The victory capped a big day for the storied franchise that marked the end to the tumultuous Frank McCourt era.
The $2 billion sale of the team to Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group that includes former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson, was finalized Tuesday, just hours before the Dodgers improved to an NL-best 17-7.
Lilly (3-0) improved to 9-2 against the Rockies. Javy Guerra worked the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Chacin (0-3) allowed seven runs in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked four.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, NATIONALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Cahill took a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and the Arizona beat Washington to stretch the Nationals’ losing streak to five games.
Teenager Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 in his home debut for the Nationals. Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, is 2 for 9 since being recalled from the minors on Saturday.
Cahill (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Justin Upton had two hits and two RBIs, and John McDonald and Miguel Montero each had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-2) gave up four runs, three earned, in 6 1-3 innings for Washington, which has scored only seven runs during its skid.
CARDINALS 10, PIRATES 7
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright worked seven innings for his first win since September 2010, and the Cardinals got big nights at the plate from David Freese and Matt Holliday.
Freese’s sixth home run and third in five games was a tiebreaking three-run shot off Charlie Morton (1-2) in the fifth. Holliday homered in the sixth off Jared Hughes to cap a three-hit night with two RBIs.
Allen Craig had two hits and an RBI in his season debut after rehabbing from knee surgery performed last fall shortly after he belted three homers in the World Series. Wainwright (1-3) allowed four runs and five hits.
Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez each hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh.
MARLINS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered for the second time in three games to help back Ricky Nolasco’s third straight win, and Miami earned its second victory in 10 games.
Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single in the fourth that ended Matt Cain’s home scoreless streak to start the season at 21 innings.
Nolasco (3-0) outdueled Cain (1-2) in the Marlins’ sixth victory against the Giants in their last eight meetings — a stretch that includes Nolasco’s 2-1 win over Cain last Aug. 12 in South Florida.
Struggling Miami closer Heath Bell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save in six chances and first since walking a career-high four batters and taking his third loss Thursday in a 3-2 road loss to the Mets.
Pablo Sandoval homered for the Giants.
PADRES 2, BREWERS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay belted a two-run homer with one out in the eighth, lifting San Diego to the victory.
Kotsay, who played with Milwaukee last year, drove a 1-1 pitch from Francisco Rodriguez (0-3) to right field. Will Venable was aboard on a single.
It was Kotsay’s fourth career pinch homer and his first since Aug. 9, 2002, at Cincinnati during his first stint with the Padres.
Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, who had his first three-homer game and added a triple for six RBIs in Monday night’s 8-3 win, went 1 for 4 with a single.
Edinson Volquez tossed seven innings of three-hit ball before Andrew Cashner (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win. Huston Street closed it out for his fourth save in four chances, finishing a three-hitter for the Padres’ first shutout of the season.
PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — John Mayberry Jr. doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Philadelphia beat in the first meeting of the season between the NL East rivals.
After Brandon Beachy gave up only two runs in seven innings to outlast Phillies starter Cole Hamels, Philadelphia broke a 2-2 tie with two runs against left-hander Jonny Venters (2-1).
Mayberry, in the game as a pinch hitter, doubled to right with one out, moved to third on Jimmy Rollins’ single and scored on Venters’ wild pitch to Placido Polanco. Shane Victorino added an infield hit and Hunter Pence singled to right, driving in Rollins for a 4-2 lead.
Antonio Bastardo (1-1) pitched a perfect seventh. Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save by retiring the Braves in order in the ninth.
ASTROS 6, METS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer and Jed Lowrie added a two-run shot to power Houston to the victory.
Lowrie’s drive off Jonathon Niese hit the inside of the foul pole in left field in the first inning. Snyder pushed the lead to 5-0 in the next inning with his first home run of the season, which landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field.
Houston has won the first two games of this three-game series. The Astros had lost six consecutive series entering Monday.
Niese (2-1) allowed a season-high five runs and six hits in three innings.
Houston starter J.A. Happ (2-1) allowed six hits and three runs with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings, which was his longest outing of the year. Brett Myers threw a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
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