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Thursday's National League Capsules

Games played Aug. 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday night.

David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.

The NL East-leading Braves played without Jason Heyward, one day after he broke right jaw after he was beaned during a win at the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery on Thursday and could miss the rest of the regular season.

Justin Upton hit his 24th homer for the Braves, and Paul Maholm (9-10) came off the disabled list and allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Kelly (5-3) yielded two runs and seven hits while improving to 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA in his last seven starts. Holliday went 2 for 3 and drove in a run, after going 2 for 24 over his previous six games.

DODGERS 6, MARLINS 0

MIAMI (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, and the Dodgers won their third game in a row.

Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three while lowering his ERA to a major league-best 1.72. The Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for Los Angeles in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He allowed one hit while striking out two in his first game since April 2012.

The Dodgers lead the majors with 17 shutouts, and Miami was blanked for the 15th time.

Kershaw had a two-out single in the fourth to drive in the first of the Dodgers’ three runs in the inning. He is tied for the major league lead among pitchers with eight RBIs.

Henderson Alvarez (2-3) went five innings and allowed five runs, all scoring with two outs.

PHILLIES 5, ROCKIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to lift the Phillies to their second come-from-behind win in as many days.

The Phillies scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth, winning for the fourth time in five games to improve to 4-3 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

Colorado carried a 4-3 lead into the ninth, but Rafael Betancourt (2-5) blew a save opportunity for the second straight game and the third time in 19 chances. He recorded two outs before departing with a sprained right elbow.

Cesar Jimenez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.

Willin Rosario homered for Colorado, which has dropped five of six. The Rockies have won nine of 39 games against Philadelphia since the start of the 2008 season.

Darin Ruf went deep for the Phillies.

REDS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona’s fourth wild pitch of the game, and Cincinnati raced to an improbable win.

Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games for the NL’s second wild-card playoff spot.

Choo singled to lead off the eighth against reliever Eury De La Rosa (0-1) and moved to second when De La Rosa’s pickoff attempt rolled away from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Todd Frazier sacrificed Choo to third, and Choo scored when ball four to Joey Votto was a wild pitch.

Mat Latos (13-4) went eight innings and Sam LeCure gave up two hits in the ninth, but earned his first career save.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed four hits and one run. He walked three, struck out seven and threw three wild pitches — all in the third inning.

NATIONALS 5, CUBS 4, 13 INNINGS

CHICAGO (AP) — Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy’s grounder in the 13th inning, and Washington beat the Chicago Cubs after Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth.

Span doubled leading off the 13th against Michael Bowden (1-3), moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi and scored on Tracy’s roller to the first-base side of the mound.

Craig Stammen (7-5) pitched two innings for the win and Drew Storen got the last three outs for his third save in eight chances. Storen deflected Dioner Navarro’s liner toward Lombardozzi to start a game-ending double play after Anthony Rizzo reached on a throwing error by the second baseman with one out.

After a 2-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie as Junior Lake had an RBI single, and Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer.

PIRATES 10, GIANTS 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and NL Central-leading Pittsburgh beat San Francisco.

Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, two-run double to start a seven-run fifth and matched his career high for RBIs in a season with 85. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez added sacrifice flies and Tabata had a three-run double in his second plate appearance of the inning.

Marco Scutaro had a tying two-run single in the fourth for San Francisco after scoring in the third on Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly.

Giants right-hander Matt Cain left in the fourth inning after getting hit on his pitching arm on a line drive by Sanchez. He sustained a contusion on his forearm and X-rays were negative.

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