Friday's National League Capsules
Originally published September 8, 2012 at 12:07 a.m., updated September 8, 2012 at 2:26 a.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg matched his career low by lasting only three innings in what likely was his final home start this season, allowing five runs Friday night in the Washington Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning loss to the Miami Marlins.
Jose Reyes tripled twice and drove in three runs for the Marlins, including a two-run triple in the 10th off Tyler Clippard (2-4) that made a winner off Chad Gaudin (3-1). Washington, which has the best record in the major leagues, lost for only the second time in 10 games.
Strasburg, 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA, allowed two runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third, giving up six hits — including home runs to Giancarlo Stanton and Rob Brantly. He threw 67 pitches and was pinch hit for in the third.
In his first full season following elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Sept. 3, 2010, Strasburg has 197 strikeouts in 159 1-3 innings.
BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 4, 13 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Braun homered off Lance Lynn with one out in the 13th inning, and Milwaukee outlasted St. Louis. Braun's shot gave him his fifth straight 100-RBI season and further frustrated the few hundred fans still around nearly seven hours after the scheduled start.
The start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 20 minutes, and the game lasted 4:30.
Braun set a franchise record for 100-RBI seasons, breaking a tie with Cecil Cooper and Prince Fielder, with his 199th career homer of Lynn (13-7) into the mostly empty left-field stands.
Brandon Kintzler (1-0) got cleanup hitter Allen Craig to ground into an inning-ending double play in the 12th, and John Axford finished for his 26th save in 34 chances. The Brewers have won 10 of 13 to climb into the fringe of the NL wild card race.
Both starting pitchers, St. Louis' Kyle Lohse and Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo, failed much earlier in their second attempts to reach 15 wins.
BRAVES 3, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Maholm and the Braves bullpen combined to give Atlanta three straight shutouts for the first time in exactly a decade, and the NL wild-card leaders beat New York.
Coming off two 1-0 wins over Colorado, the Braves' staff stretched its scoreless streak to 28 innings. Atlanta last pitched three straight shutouts on Sept. 4-7, 2002, according to STATS LLC.
Jason Heyward hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning and Dan Uggla also connected.
Maholm (12-9) worked around five hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Chipper Jones, making his last visit to New York to play the Mets, finished 0 for 4, including a strikeout with the bases loaded, and making a throwing error from third base. Fortunately for the Braves, they did fine without the retiring 40-year-old star making a contribution.
ASTROS 5, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning that broke Aroldis Chapman's streak of 27 consecutive saves and powered Houston over Cincinnati.
Chapman (5-5) took a 3-2 lead into the ninth, but had his club-record streak broken by a player swinging with a sore left hand.
Tyler Greene and J.D. Martinez singled off Chapman with one out. Dominguez, out of the starting lineup because of the sore hand, hit Chapman's second pitch for his second career homer and the fourth off the hard-throwing left-hander this season.
Chapman is 35 of 40 in save chances overall.
Hector Ambriz (1-0) got two outs in the eighth. Wilton Lopez pitched the ninth for his third save in six chances.
PHILLIES 3, ROCKIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nate Schierholtz hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia over Colorado.
Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hit a tying, two-run double in the seventh, and the Phillies won for the 10th time in 14 games.
Jimmy Rollins walked off Will Harris (1-1) to start the bottom of the ninth. Rollins advanced to second on Juan Pierre's sacrifice. After Chase Utley was intentionally walked, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Schierholtz then hit a sharp grounder to right field past a drawn-in infield.
The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies are within four games of .500 for the first time since they were 36-40 on June 26. They're 22-14 since trading outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino at the trade deadline.
Jonathan Papelbon (4-6) tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
CUBS 12, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Travis Wood gave up just one hit over six innings and Chicago stopped a six-game losing streak with a win over mistake-prone Pittsburgh, which made seven errors in its worst defensive night in over a quarter-century.
Wood (5-12) ended an eight-game skid of his own, striking out five and walking three to win for the first time in more than two months.
Starlin Castro had three hits, including the 500th of his career, and drove in four runs for the Cubs. Alfonso Soriano added three hits and three RBI as Chicago took full advantage of one of the worst defensive nights in Pittsburgh's 130-year history.
The Pirates had not made seven errors in a game since 1985 and finished one shy of the club record set in 1939. It was the first seven-error game in the majors since Atlanta in a 2004 loss to Colorado.
A.J. Burnett (15-6) struggled against one of baseball's worst batting orders, though having his teammates give the Cubs extra out after extra out certainly didn't help. Burnett allowed seven runs — three earned — and eight hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
PADRES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chase Headley drove in four runs on two home runs, including a solo shot leading off the eighth inning that lifted San Diego Padres to its seventh straight victory against Arizona.
Coming off a hot August in which he had 10 homers and 31 RBIs to win NL Player of the Month honors, Headley extended his career highs to 26 home runs and 98 RBIs.
After the Diamondbacks rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the eighth, Headley opened the bottom of the inning with a shot to straightaway center field off David Hernandez (2-3).
In the third, Headley hit a monster three-run homer that almost landed in the giant paint can in left field at Petco Park.
Arizona has been outscored 48-25 in their seven straight losses to San Diego.
GIANTS 5, DODGERS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marco Scutaro hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning and San Francisco extended its NL West lead to 5½ games over Los Angeles.
After Angel Pagan drew an intentional walk from Josh Beckett (1-2) to load the bases, Scutaro followed with a bloop single to shallow right.
San Francisco (78-60) won its fourth straight against Los Angeles after a sweep at Dodger Stadium from Aug. 20-22. The Giants lead the division by 5½ games for the first time since ending the 2003 season with a 15½-game cushion. They have two more chances with a sellout home crowd this weekend to create further distance from the Dodgers.
Santiago Casilla (7-5) relieved Tim Lincecum and recorded the final two outs of the seventh for the win.
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