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Monday's National League Capsules

Monday's National League Capsules

August 2nd, 2011 in News

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Ankiel hit two home runs, and Livan Hernandez allowed one run over six innings and drove in a run to lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Ankiel led off the bottom of the first with a homer to center field. It was the second time this season the Nationals' opening hitter homered - Jayson Werth did so on June 16 against St. Louis.

Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla also homered twice, in the second and ninth innings, giving him 22 this season. Uggla went 3 for 4, extending his career-long hitting streak to 23 games.

Hernandez (6-10) allowed six hits, struck out three, and did not walk a batter as the Nationals won their third straight. Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

Jair Jurrjens (12-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, his first loss in eight starts.

Cubs 5, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Starlin Castro had three hits and Carlos Zambrano survived six choppy innings as the Chicago Cubs spoiled slugger Derrek Lee's two-homer debut with his new team.

Lee, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, knocked in all three Pittsburgh runs but it wasn't enough as the Pirates lost for the sixth time in eight games. Ryan Ludwick, picked up by the Pirates just before the trade deadline, went 0 for 3 with a walk

Zambrano (8-6) picked up his 13th career win over Pittsburgh, tied with Aaron Harang for second-most among active pitchers. Zambrano struck out five and walked three while giving up seven hits. Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 21st save.

Paul Maholm (6-11) surrendered four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out three and walking three.

Marlins 7, Mets 3, 10 innings

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Stanton hit a grand slam in the 10th inning and the Florida Marlins quickly recovered from Lucas Duda's tying homer with two outs in the ninth.

Mets nemesis Gaby Sanchez drove in two runs and singled to start the decisive rally. Stanton threw out a runner at the plate in the fifth and Florida got seven strong innings from starter Javier Vazquez. The Marlins then took advantage of a defensive mistake by first baseman Daniel Murphy in the 10th.

Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez singled with one out off Jason Isringhausen (2-1). Dewayne Wise followed with a single through the right side and went tearing toward second base, not realizing the runners had held up in front of him.

Duda hit a tying, two-run homer off closer Leo Nunez (1-2) with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, snapping an 0-for-14 skid.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Nyjer Morgan hit a go-ahead, three-run double and surging Milwaukee scored five runs in the fifth inning off Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter to rally for the win and extend their season-best winning streak to seven.

Milwaukee moved 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central, its biggest lead of the season. The Brewers and Cardinals will play 11 more times this year.

Zack Greinke (9-4) allowed a first-inning, two-run homer to Matt Holliday, but the Brewers' offense prevailed again in the second matchup this season of the former Cy Young winners.

Milwaukee's first six batters reached base in the fifth, with Morgan delivering the decisive hit.

Carpenter (6-8) appeared in complete control until the fifth when he had a 2-0 lead.

Astros 4, Reds 3, 10 innings

HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Jose Altuve drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the 10th inning to lift new-look Houston past Cincinnati.

The bases were loaded when Altuve hit a hard grounder to Brandon Phillips, who grabbed it and made a throw home from his knees. But catcher Ryan Hanigan couldn't handle the throw, allowing Humberto Quintero to score.

Quintero singled with no outs in the 10th inning before pinch-hitter Angel Sanchez singled to shallow center field to send Quintero to third base. Logan Ondrusek (4-4) then intentionally walked Brian Bogusevic to load the bases and bring up Altuve.

The Astros debuted a retooled lineup that featured several new faces after they traded stars Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn this weekend and sent former starters Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace to Triple-A.

Mark Melancon (6-3) pitched the ninth and 10th for Houston, allowing just one hit for the win.

Phillies 4, Rockies 3, 10 innings

DENVER (AP) - Pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Shane Victorino homered to lead off the 10th as Philadelphia won its fourth straight.

Down to their last out and trailing 3-1 in the ninth, the Phillies rallied against Rockies closer Huston Street. Carlos Ruiz hit a two-out double and Mayberry pinch-hit for reliever Michael Stutes.

Mayberry worked the count full before putting Street's 83 mph slider into the bleachers in left for his seventh homer.

Rex Brothers (1-2) came on to pitch the 10th and Victorino greeted him with a drive clearing the wall in left for the Phillies' 29th come-from-behind victory this season.

Antonio Bastardo (5-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and Ryan Madson got last three outs for his 19th save.