Saturday's National League Capsules
Games played Aug. 17, 2013
Originally published August 17, 2013 at 10:37 p.m., updated August 18, 2013 at 1:27 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched eight dominant innings and the seemingly unstoppable Los Angeles Dodgers won their 10th straight Saturday night, beating Philadelphia 5-0 to keep the Phillies scoreless in two games under new manager Ryne Sandberg.
Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer, Kershaw had an RBI double and the NL West-leading Dodgers improved to 25-3 after the All-Star break. They have won 19 of their last 20 road games and are 42-8 overall since June 22, the best 50-game stretch in the majors since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals had the same record.
The previous team to win 19 of 20 road games was the 1916 New York Giants, according to STATS.
The 10-game winning streak is the longest for Los Angeles since an 11-game run in 2006.
Meanwhile, the skidding Phillies have yet to cross home plate since manager Charlie Manuel was fired Friday in the middle of a second-half swoon. They were blanked 4-0 by Zack Greinke and the Dodgers in Sandberg’s debut and have now lost 21 of 25.
Kershaw (12-7) allowed three hits and lowered his NL-best ERA to 1.80. He struck out eight, walked one and earned his first win in nine career games against the Phillies.
Uribe singled and doubled before hitting a three-run shot in the eighth.
Kyle Kendrick (10-10) gave up two runs in six innings.
NATIONALS 8, BRAVES 7, 15 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Adam LaRoche led off the 15th inning with a home run and Washington recovered to beat Atlanta after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg was ejected in the second inning. He hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the first and was tossed after throwing two straight pitches behind Andrelton Simmons.
LaRoche lifted a high fly into the right-field seats for his 18th homer off Kris Medlen (10-11), a starter who was pressed into service after Atlanta exhausted its bullpen. The game lasted 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Jason Heyward hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth as Nationals closer Rafael Soriano blew a 7-5 lead. Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman also went deep for the Braves.
Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington and Craig Stammen (6-5) worked three hitless innings, striking out five. Dan Haren, normally a starter as well, pitched the 15th for his first career save.
Atlanta hit Bryce Harper with two pitches Friday night, leaving the outfielder bruised and unable to start on Saturday.
DIAMONDBACKS 15, PIRATES 5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Martin Prado went 4 for 5 with a three-run homer, Paul Goldschmidt added a three-run shot and Arizona routed Pittsburgh.
Prado’s 11th homer of the season capped a six-run third inning against All-Star lefty Jeff Locke (9-4) and put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-0. Prado has driven in 13 runs in his past 10 games.
Goldschmidt’s 30th homer came in the ninth and tied him with Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez for the National League lead. Alvarez hit his 30th earlier in the game.
Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius each had three of the Diamondbacks’ 20 hits.
Trevor Cahill (4-10) came off the disabled list and earned his first win since May 17. He went five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He had been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip.
CARDINALS 4, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer, Joe Kelly threw six spotless innings and St. Louis beat Chicago.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was pulled shortly after making a mental mistake that let the Cardinals score in the fifth.
Kelly (4-3) hasn’t lost since joining the Cardinals rotation on July 6. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked three.
The Cubs have lost 14 of 19. They have been shut out in five of their last seven games at Wrigley Field.
Molina homered off Travis Wood (7-10) for a 4-0 lead in the sixth.
BREWERS 2, REDS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits in 6 1-3 innings and Logan Schafer had a two-run double to snap an 0-for-21 slump and lead Milwaukee over Cincinnati.
Gallardo (9-9), who came off the disabled list Friday, struck out three to help the Brewers to their second straight win over the Reds.
Cincinnati threatened in the seventh, but Brandon Kintzler got pinch-hitter Xavier Paul to ground into an inning-ending double play. Kintzler pitched a scoreless eighth and Jim Henderson struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.
Mat Latos (12-4) pitched seven innings for the Reds, giving up six hits. The two runs he gave up in the fourth ended his scoreless streak at 19 innings.
PADRES 8, METS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable had four hits and San Diego got home runs from Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko in a victory over New York.
Mets starter Jenrry Mejia left early with discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and the Padres took advantage when New York’s bullpen was pressed into service. San Diego finished with 15 hits in snapping a three-game losing streak.
Edinson Volquez (9-10) worked five innings for the win and Venable extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active run in the National League.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud went 0 for 2 with two walks in his major league debut.
David Aardsma (2-2) took the loss.
GIANTS 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Matt Cain pitched seven innings and Gregor Blanco hit a two-run triple to lift San Francisco over Miami.
Pablo Sandoval also drove in two runs for the Giants, a day after they outslugged the Marlins 14-10.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for Miami estimated at 446 feet.
Cain (8-8) allowed two runs and four hits. He struck out five and walked two. Sergio Romo got his 30th save in 34 chances.
Henderson Alvarez (2-2) gave up four runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings.
ORIOLES 8, ROCKIES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brian Roberts and Manny Machado both hit two-run doubles during a seven-run third inning fueled by Colorado miscues, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a four-game losing streak.
Adam Jones had two hits in Baltimore’s highest-scoring inning of the season, which featured an error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Six of the seven runs were unearned.
Most of the damage came against rookie Chad Bettis (0-2), who allowed seven hits, four walks and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings.
Bud Norris (9-10) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings to improve to 3-1 since coming to the Orioles in a trade with Houston on July 31.
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