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Friday's National League Capsules

Friday's National League Capsules

August 20th, 2011 in News

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam on a full count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, capping a six-run inning and lifting Washington to an improbable 8-4 victory over Philadelphia.

The Nationals were trailing 4-2 and were facing Ryan Madson (3-2), but they sent eight men to the plate against the closer. Zimmerman hit the eighth game-ending home run of his career, as well as his third grand slam.

Jayson Werth opened the inning by singling on the 11th pitch from Madson. Danny Espinosa and Jonny Gomes singled to drive in one. Wilson Ramos bunted to put runners on second and third, and pinch-hitter Jesus Flores was walked to load the bases.

Ian Desmond singled to score Espinosa. After an out, Zimmerman finished things.

Todd Coffey (4-1) pitched the top of the ninth to get the win for the Nationals, who handed the Phillies only their second loss in the last 13 road games.

There was a rain delay of 2 hours, 22 minutes in the top of the first.

The Phillies sent nine men to the plate and got a season-high seven hits in a four-run third.

Brewers 6, Mets 1

NEW YORK (AP) - Prince Fielder hit two RBI singles and streaking Milwaukee waited out a rain delay of nearly three hours before beating New York.

Shaun Marcum pitched the Brewers to their 20th win in 23 games, giving them a season-high 7 1/2-game lead in the NL Central. They closed out this victory at 12:51 a.m.

The Mets set a most dubious record. They became the first team in major league history to lose the opening game in their first 10 homestands of a season, STATS LLC said.

Fielder is 7 for 13 with three home runs against the Mets this season.

Marcum (11-3) improved to 4-0 in nine starts since losing at Yankee Stadium on June 29. He allowed one run in seven innings.

Mike Pelfrey (6-10) allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits in five innings.

Braves 4, Diamondbacks 2

ATLANTA (AP) - Derek Lowe combined with four relievers on a six-hitter and Atlanta hit three homers in the matchup of NL playoff contenders.

Michael Bourn led off the bottom of the first with his first homer since coming to the Braves in a trade last month. Brian McCann added a two-run shot in the third, and Chipper Jones extended the lead in the sixth with his second homer in two nights.

Lowe (8-11) allowed four hits and struck out seven over the first five innings. He put the first two hitters in the sixth on base. Rookie Arodys Vizcaino got out of the jam. Eric O'Flaherty worked the seventh, Jonny Venters breezed through the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got his 38th save. He has gone 29 consecutive appearances without allowing a run, covering more than two months and 29 2-3 innings.

Daniel Hudson (12-9) went six innings, giving up seven hits and losing for the fourth time in his last six starts.

Astros 6, Giants 0

HOUSTON (AP) - Wandy Rodriguez pitched eight innings and had a two-run single to lead Houston.

The Astros were leading 2-0 in the sixth when Carlos Corporan hit an RBI single with two outs and Rodriguez followed with a long single down the right field line on the first pitch from Ryan Vogelsong (10-3).

The Giants have lost 15 of their last 21 games, including four of five.

The Astros won their third straight game.

Rodriguez (9-9) allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked two. It was his third eight-inning performance of the season.

Brian Bogusevic made it 6-0 with a homer in the eighth.

It was the Astro's fourth shutout of the season and their first since June 30 against Texas.

Vogelsong pitched seven innings, allowed four hits, two earned runs and walked four with three strikeouts.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 4, 10 innings

CHICAGO (AP) - Tyler Colvin's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th off Octavio Dotel lifted Chicago to the victory.

Geovany Soto led off the inning with a single off Dotel (0-2), advanced to second on Marlon Byrd's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Colvin's hit to center field just hours after the Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry.

Soto had a game-tying RBI double in the eighth. Darwin Barney homered and tripled, and Starlin Castro added two hits for the Cubs. Sean Marshall (6-5) pitched a perfect 10th to earn the win.

Castro, who leads the NL with 162 hits, has 301 in his career. He is the fifth Cubs player to pass 300 in his first two seasons.

Chicago beat the Cardinals for the third time in 10 games this season.

Reds 11, Pirates 8

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Joey Votto hit his 21st homer of the season and later scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth to lead Cincinnati.

Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs for Cincinnati, which let a four-run lead slip away. Ryan Hanigan added a solo shot and drove in two insurance runs in the ninth as the Reds beat the Pirates for just the third time in 10 tries this season.

Travis Wood (6-5) picked up the win in relief, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth when center fielder Drew Stubbs threw out Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, who attempted to score from third on a shallow fly by Ryan Ludwick. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth inning to collect his 25th save.

Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan (0-2) took the loss, giving up three runs while getting just one out in the ninth after entering with the score tied.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2

DENVER (AP) - Hiroki Kuroda pitched six strong innings for his first career win against Colorado, and Rod Barajas and Tony Gwynn hit home runs for Los Angeles.

Barajas hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. He left after the sixth with a mild right groin strain.

Kuroda (9-14) had entered 0-5 with a 5.81 ERA in nine previous starts against the Rockies in his four-year major league career. He allowed four hits and two runs with five strikeouts and three walks.

The Dodgers chased Jason Hammel after three innings, his shortest outing of the season. Hammel (7-12) gave up six runs and six hits and was hurt by a lack of control, walking three and uncorking two wild pitches.

The Dodgers broke away with a four-run third inning that gave them a 6-0 lead.

Padres 4, Marlins 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer and made a great catch in left field to lift San Diego.

Blanks' fourth homer put the Padres ahead to stay 3-2 in the fourth inning. The 6-foot-6 Blanks also made a running catch to rob Gaby Sanchez of an extra-base hit in the fifth inning.

The Padres handed Florida its 13th loss in 15 games. San Diego won its fifth straight over the Marlins this season, outscoring them 30-10.

Wade LeBlanc (2-2) had a shaky outing but the bullpen held the Marlins in check to give San Diego its fourth win in six games after dropping four of the previous six.

Chris Volstad (5-10) has allowed 20 homers in 22 starts this season.

San Diego's five relievers allowed two hits over the final 3 2-3 innings to secure the win. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for this 34th save in 37 chances.