Tuesday's National League Capsules
Games played June 11, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a game highlighted by a heated brawl in the seventh inning that involved both players and coaches, Tim Federowicz hit a go-ahead three-run double in the eighth inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers rally for 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Arizona starter Ian Kennedy, manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Dodgers star rookie Yasiel Puig and hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected after the prolonged bench-clearing scuffle.
Kennedy hit Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke with a pitch, a retaliation throw that triggered the fracas that nearly spilled into the stands.
An inning earlier, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in the back and both teams came charging onto the field but it broke up quickly with no punches thrown. That was payback for Kennedy hitting Puig. The ball deflected off his shoulder and struck Puig on the nose.
PIRATES 8, Giants 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning of his major league debut and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat, leading the Pirates to a victory over the Giants in front of a festive crowd.
The top pick in the 2011 draft, Cole allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96-mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter.
Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a home run to back Cole. Starling Marte also homered and Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits each.
CARDINALS 9, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wacha recovered from a wild start to earn his first major league win and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals in a victory over the staggering Mets.
Matt Holliday had three hits and the NL Central leaders took full advantage of a crucial error by new Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy, who was shifted over from second after slumping Ike Davis got demoted to the minors Sunday.
David Freese extended his career-high hitting streak to 20 games, longest in the National League this season, and Wacha even knocked in a run with a groundout for his first RBI.
Omar Quintanilla homered for the Mets, who gave up seven unearned runs and lost for the seventh time in eight games.
MARLINS 5, BREWERS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his first homer since coming off the disabled list, a two-run drive with two outs in the eighth inning that lifted the Marlins to a victory over the Brewers.
With Juan Pierre on first, Stanton connected on the first pitch from Jim Henderson (2-2), sending a drive over the wall in left-center. It was his fourth home run this year. He was activated from the DL on Monday.
Chad Qualls (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Derek Dietrich had a two-run homer for Miami, which has won three of four.
The Brewers took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Yuniesky Betancourt tripled in a run to tie it before scoring the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett’s suicide squeeze.
REDS 12, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Xavier Paul hit a three-run home run, Joey Votto added a two-run shot and the Reds roughed up Matt Garza and the Cubs.
Tony Cingrani (3-0), filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto, pitched seven strong innings as Cincinnati extended its franchise-best winning streak at Wrigley Field to 11 games. Cingrani, from Chicago’s South Suburbs, allowed two runs and four hits, while striking out five and allowing one walk.
Zack Cozart also added a three-run shot in the eighth and Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Reds.
Garza (1-1) was tagged for a career-high nine runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. He was lifted in the sixth after allowing six runs without retiring a batter.
ROCKIES 8, NATIONALS 3
DENVER (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin won for the first time since April, Tyler Colvin homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Rockies beat the Nationals.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in Colorado’s five-run fifth inning.
Chacin (4-3) allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings to end a string of four straight no decisions and three consecutive losses since his last win on April 19, when he pitched into the seventh inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks only to be forced out of that game by lower back tightness. He spent a couple weeks on the disabled list recuperating.
Trailing 2-0, the Rockies got to Dan Haren (4-8) in the fifth, sending 10 men to the plate.
PADRES 3, BRAVES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Andrew Cashner outdueled Tim Hudson, Chase Headley homered and the Padres beat the Braves for the second straight game.
Cashner (5-3) pitched a career high eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one. At one point Cashner retired 10 straight batters after giving up one run and three hits in the first inning.
Joe Thatcher struck out Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann to start the ninth and Luke Gregerson came on to strike out Dan Uggla for his third save in five opportunities.
Hudson (4-6) pitched 7 1-3 innings for the Braves, allowing three runs on five hits.
The Padres have won five of seven, while the Braves have lost four of six.
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