Saturday's National League Capsules
Games played July 6, 2013
Originally published July 6, 2013 at 10:21 p.m., updated July 7, 2013 at 1:57 a.m.
CHICAGO (AP) — Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers in consecutive innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Saturday.
Edwin Jackson and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Cubs handed the Pirates their third loss in 14 games. Pittsburgh came in with baseball’s best record and a seven-game, road-winning streak.
Soriano hit a drive off Charlie Morton in the fourth and a shot into the bleachers in left to make it 4-1 in the fifth.
That was enough for Jackson (5-10), who won his second straight start. He held the Pirates to one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Matt Guerrier worked two scoreless innings, and Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Morton (1-2) pitched six innings for Pittsburgh, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked three.
CARDINALS 5, MARLINS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jon Jay scored from first on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throwing error on Shane Robinson’s single with two outs in the ninth inning, giving St. Louis a win over Miami.
Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals after Matt Adams’ pinch-hit, two-run homer tied it two innings earlier.
Jay drew a full-count walk off A.J. Ramos (3-3) with two outs in the ninth and took third easily on Robinson’s pinch-hit single. He scored without a play after Stanton hesitated before throwing a relay that skipped under Logan Morrison’s glove at first base.
The Marlins got homers from Derek Dietrich and Morrison but their run of four straight series wins ended after they lost their second straight to the Cardinals.
Morrison has four homers in six games against the Cardinals.
NATIONALS 5, PADRES 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper drove in three runs after talking his way into the lineup, Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the go-ahead run, and Washington rallied to beat San Diego.
Adam LaRoche homered, and Denard Span and Ian Desmond added two hits apiece as the Nationals won their third straight. Since returning from the disabled list and homering in his first at-bat Monday night against Milwaukee, Harper had gone 0 for 18 before his RBI single.
Jesus Guzman hit a three-run homer and doubled for San Diego, which has lost eight straight.
Ross Ohlendorf (2-0) got the win and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Nick Vincent (2-1) took the loss after getting only one out in the Nationals’ two-run seventh inning.
BRAVES 13, PHILLIES 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to lead an Atlanta offense that scored in all but two innings, Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings, and the Braves set season highs for runs and hits in a rout of Philadelphia.
Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla also homered for Atlanta, which amassed 19 hits and snapped a three-game skid. Brian McCann had four hits, and Simmons was a double shy of the cycle.
Hudson (5-7) allowed one run and five hits to earn his first victory since May 5. The right-hander had been 0-6 with a 4.50 ERA in his last 10 starts. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
Michael Young homered for Philadelphia, which fell 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves in the NL East. Kyle Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs and 12 hits in five innings.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner drove in two runs and struck out nine in seven innings, and San Francisco overcame an embarrassing lineup mistake to beat Los Angeles.
The Giants were caught batting out of order in the first inning, wiping away Buster Posey’s RBI double. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy submitted a lineup with Posey batting fourth, but the reigning NL MVP and batting champion hit third.
On the day he earned his first All-Star selection, Bumgarner (9-5) helped erase Bochy’s big blunder by retiring his first 14 batters. Tim Federowicz’s two-run homer off Bumgarner accounted for each of Los Angeles’ runs.
Gregor Blanco had three hits and an RBI to end an 0-for-25 skid, and Marco Scutaro drove in another run to help San Francisco stop a four-game losing streak.
Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Stephen Fife (3-3) allowed seven hits and four runs — although only one was earned — in 4 1-3 innings. The Dodgers committed three errors and never got going offensively.
BREWERS 7, METS 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy homered and Yovani Gallardo scattered six hits over six innings and had two hits and scored two runs to lead Milwaukee over the New York Mets.
Gallardo (7-8) allowed four earned runs, struck out six and walked three. In his previous outing Monday against Washington, Gallardo gave up nine hits and eight earned runs in three innings. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his eighth save of the season and 302nd of his career.
Gallardo had a single and a double, and scored both times. He also had a key sacrifice bunt.
The Brewers jumped on Mets starter Shaun Marcum (1-10) for a run in the first inning. Milwaukee added two runs in the second and Lucroy made it 4-0 with a solo homer in the third.
John Buck and Marlon Byrd hit solo homers for the Mets, who never got even after the early deficit. Marcum, who went 20-11 with Milwaukee in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, allowed 11 hits and five earned runs in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, ROCKIES 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Wade Miley pitched eight effective innings and had a three-run double, first-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer, and Arizona jumped on Colorado early en route to a rout.
Coming off a shutout in the series opener, the Diamondbacks roughed up Drew Pomeranz (0-2) for five runs in the first three innings and finished with 12 hits.
Miley (5-7) hit his third career double in the second inning, and Goldschmidt, named to the NL All-Star team earlier in the day, hit his 21st homer in the third.
Miley stretched his scoreless streak to a career-high 13 2-3 innings — 16 overall by Arizona pitchers — before Carlos Gonzalez led off the seventh with his NL-leading 24th homer.
Miguel Montero added a three-run homer, Martin Prado hit a two-run shot, and Cody Ross tied a team record with a career-high five hits for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, who have won four straight.
Gonzalez had four hits after missing Friday’s game with a sore back.
REDS 13, MARINERS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cesar Izturis drove in three runs, matching his season total, and Mat Latos doubled home two more for Cincinnati, which rallied for a win over Seattle.
The Reds earned only their second victory over Seattle. The Mariners are 9-2 overall in the interleague series.
Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker decided to give Izturis his ninth start at shortstop so he could get some at-bats and stay sharp. Izturis singled home a run in the second and doubled home two more in the fifth off Jeremy Bonderman (1-3).
The Reds scored more runs than in any game since a 13-7 win over Milwaukee on May 11. It was the second-most runs allowed by the Mariners, trailing a 16-9 loss to Houston on April 9.
Latos (8-2) matched his season high with four walks in six innings, but also doubled his RBI total by driving in a pair of runs with a double. He allowed six hits and fanned 11.
Kyle Seager drove in three runs off Latos with a homer and a sacrifice fly.
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