Saturday's National League Capsules
Games played Sept. 7, 2013
Originally published September 7, 2013 at 9:11 p.m., updated September 7, 2013 at 11:38 p.m.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton stole second in the 10th inning to set up Todd Frazier’s game-winning single, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Saturday.
Ryan Ludwick opened the Cincinnati 10th with a leadoff walk against Brian Wilson (1-1). Reds manager Dusty Baker then went to the dynamic Hamilton, and the speedy prospect took second as catcher A.J. Ellis dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove.
Frazier followed with a line-drive single into right field to give Cincinnati five wins in its last six games. J.J. Hoover got three outs for the victory.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer for NL West-leading Los Angeles.
CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the Cardinals to a win over the Pirates.
The victory moved the Cardinals into first place, a half-game ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central with their third win in four games. Pittsburgh has lost four of six including the first two of the three-game set. The Pirates remain stuck on 81 wins, one shy of assuring them a winning record for the first time since they went 96-66 in 1992.
Wainwright (16-9) had given up 15 earned runs over his previous two starts, both against Cincinnati. He allowed a career-high nine runs in two innings of a 10-0 loss Aug. 28. But he regained his form against the Pirates allowing just two hits.
Jeff Locke (9-5) allowed three runs on three hits over five innings.
BREWERS 5, CUBS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple and Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory in the Brewers’ win over the Cubs.
Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors.
Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning then Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
Jake Arrieta (2-2) took the loss.
PHILLIES 6, BRAVES 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit a game-ending homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a win over the Braves.
Atlanta had trailed 5-3 going into the ninth, but Andrelton Simmons hit a two-out two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon (5-1), who blew his seventh save in 32 opportunities.
Galvis, who had four hits, got Papelbon the win by connecting on a 1-0 pitch from Freddy Garcia (0-1) into the seats in right field. It was the first four-hit game for Galvis, who had been 0-for-7 since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sept. 3. It was his fifth homer of the season.
Carlos Ruiz singled, doubled and drove in three runs, and Cesar Hernandez and Kevin Frandsen each had three hits for the Phillies.
Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBIs for NL East-leading Atlanta, which dropped its third straight.
NATIONALS 9, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, powering the Nationals to a victory over the Marlins.
Zimmerman hit a two-run shot in the first and a leadoff drive on Nathan Eovaldi’s first pitch of the third.
Tanner Roark (5-0) pitched six scoreless innings as the Nationals won for the third time in four games to remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.
Eovaldi (3-6) lasted just three innings in his shortest outing of the season. He was charged with five runs and nine hits.
PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead homer leading off the eighth inning to give the Padres a win over the Rockies.
Gyorko’s shot off Matt Belisle (5-6) came right after the Rockies tied the game at 1 in the eighth inning on a San Diego error.
Gyorko’s 17th home run just barely cleared the right field wall as it hit the top padding and avoided the leaping attempt of right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Luke Gregerson (6-7) got the win and Huston Street picked up his 28th save by getting the final three outs.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon McCarthy pitched eight strong innings and Paul Goldschmidt had three hits, including a triple, to lift the Diamondbacks to a win over the Giants.
McCarthy (4-9) gave up one run and six hits while striking out six. Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Goldschmidt broke a 1-1 tie with a triple to right center in the fifth inning that scored Adam Eaton, who walked.
Matt Cain (8-9) allowed eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked four. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game after missing 14 games with a contusion on his right forearm. Coming into the game Cain had just one win in his last nine starts at home, going 1-5 with a 5.36 era over that stretch.
INDIANS 9, METS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the streaking Indians, and Nick Swisher had a solo shot.
Cleveland has won four in a row for the first time since it captured eight straight from July 24-Aug. 1. Swisher finished with two hits and two RBIs as the Indians stayed in the hunt for the AL’s second wild-card slot.
Corey Kluber (8-5), the first of seven Cleveland pitchers, allowed two runs in five-plus innings. Kluber, pitching for the first time since Aug. 5 after being sidelined by a sprained right middle finger, was pulled after walking the leadoff hitter in the sixth.
Jonathon Niese (6-7) lost for the first time in six starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 11. The left-hander allowed six runs in six innings.
Cleveland began the day just two games back of Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot in the AL. The Indians and Orioles are tied with 76-65 records.
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