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National League Game Capsules(Wednesday, July 9)
Final Score: Detroit 4, LA Dodgers 1
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Scherzer outdueled Zack Greinke in a much-anticipated pitching matchup Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. Scherzer (11-3) allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings, helping the Tigers down the Dodgers 4-1 and complete a two-game series sweep. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two, winning his third straight decision. Greinke (11-4), meanwhile, had some early trouble and his offense couldn't respond against the Tigers pitching. The trifecta of Scherzer, Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan held Los Angeles to just four hits overall, two of which came from Yasiel Puig. Greinke was charged with three runs on seven hits in seven frames. He struck out eight without walking a batter, seeing a two-start win streak come to a halt. Austin Jackson had two hits and scored twice and Don Kelly also had two hits and drove in run for the Tigers, who won three of four from the Dodgers this season.
Final Score: Colorado 6, San Diego 3
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Tulowitzki got in some good prep work for the upcoming Home Run Derby, with the National League captain socking two of five Colorado long balls in the Rockies' 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. Tulowitzki's second solo blast of the day came immediately after Drew Stubbs belted a two-run shot off Joaquin Benoit (3-1) that snapped a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning. Charlie Blackmon went deep earlier for Colorado and finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, with Wilin Rosario also homering in the triumph. The power surge, along with 4 1/3 scoreless innings of work from four Rockies relievers, enabled Colorado to earn back-to-back wins for the first time since a season-high five-game streak from June 11-15. Boone Logan (2-1) tossed a perfect top of the eighth to notch the victory, with LaTroy Hawkins working a hitless ninth to pick up his 17th save. San Diego put up a pair of solo homers in defeat, including the first of Jake Goebbert's major league career. Seth Smith had the other as part of a 2-for-3 performance.
Final Score: Arizona 4, Miami 3 (10 innings)
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Goldschmidt's two-run, game-winning double in the 10th inning gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Steve Cishek (4-5) took the mound for the Marlins in the bottom of the 10th after his team took a 3-1 lead in the top half of the frame. Aaron Hill singled and Ender Inciarte walked before David Peralta's single to center got Arizona within one. Goldschmidt lined a first-pitch slider to the warning track in left-center field to plate both runners and give the Diamondbacks the come-from-behind victory.
Final Score: Washington 6, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Doug Fister threw seven strong innings and Washington got solo home runs from Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth in a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night. Fister (8-2), who won his third straight decision, gave up seven hits and a pair of runs, while recording two walks and three strikeouts. The right-hander was removed after throwing 113 pitches, 73 for strikes. Werth and Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, as the NL East-leading Nationals won for the eighth time in 10 games. They also bounced back from an 8-2 loss Monday when the Orioles homered three times in the 11th inning. Tuesday's game between the Beltway rivals was postponed by rain and rescheduled for Aug. 4. Bud Norris (7-6), who was activated off the disabled list Tuesday, surrendered six hits and five runs in four-plus frames to have his four-game winning streak snapped. Manny Machado continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, but the AL East leaders lost for just the second time in nine contests.
Final Score: New York 4, Atlanta 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run homer during a three-run seventh, helping the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-1, in the third test of a four-game series. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda had one RBI apiece for the Mets, who have won four in a row for the first time this season. New York starter Dillon Gee (4-1) was sharp in his return from the disabled list, allowing just one run on six hits over seven-plus innings. He made his first start since May 10 due to a right lat strain. B.J. Upton drove in the lone run for the Braves, who have lost four straight. Ervin Santana (7-6) gave up four runs on six hits with two walks over seven innings.
Final Score: Cincinnati 4, Chicago 1
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Alfredo Simon was once again solid on the hill and the Cincinnati Reds picked up another win over the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. Simon (12-3) recorded his NL-leading 12th victory by limiting the Cubs to one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked just two in posting his 16th quality start of the year. Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Reds before leaving with an apparent wrist injury when he made a diving stop at second base in the eighth inning. Despite Phillips' exit, Cincinnati earned its fifth consecutive victory, including the first four meetings in this five-game NL Central series. Anthony Rizzo became the first Cubs player to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break since Rick Monday did so in 1973, but the club still dropped its sixth straight on the heels of a promising four-game winning streak. Dallas Beeler (0-2), in his second major league start, went five innings and was touched for four runs on six hits and four walks to take the loss.
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 1
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley homered to back eight strong innings from Roberto Hernandez, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-1, on Wednesday. Hernandez (4-8) gave up one run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks for the Phillies, who have won the first three contests of this four-game series. Lyle Overbay drove in the lone run for the Brewers, who have lost four in a row. Kyle Lohse (9-4) allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out eight over eight innings.
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn earned his 10th victory of the season with 6 2/3 solid innings as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. Lynn (10-6) scattered two runs on six hits and two walks while becoming the first Cardinals pitcher since Bob Gibson to post three consecutive seasons of 10-plus wins before the All-Star break. Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two RBI, Matt Holliday had two hits, two runs scored and another driven in, and Kolten Wong added a solo homer for the Cardinals, winners of the first three meetings of this four-game set. The news was not all positive for St. Louis, as Yadier Molina exited early with a sprained right thumb. The All-Star catcher will be further evaluated on Thursday. Pittsburgh dipped into its bullpen early since starter Brandon Cumpton (3-3) did not make it out of the fourth. Filling in once again for the injured Gerrit Cole, Cumpton was charged with four runs on nine hits and three walks. Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for the Pirates, who had won six of seven before losing the first two games of the series on walk-off homers.
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Oakland 2
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Cain pitched six innings to secure his first win in nearly two months and Hunter Pence homered and drove in two runs in San Francisco's 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Giants had been outscored by the A's 11-1 in the first two meetings this week at the Coliseum, but on Wednesday the scene shifted and the trend at AT&T Park continued. The Giants snapped Oakland's six-game winning streak and won at home against the A's for the 13th time in the last 15 such encounters. Cain (2-7) gave up five hits and a pair of runs with two walks and four strikeouts. The righty had been 0-4 over his previous seven starts and won for the first time since May 15 against Miami. Jason Hammel (0-1) surrendered six hits and three runs -- two earned -- with three walks and a trio of strikeouts over five frames in his A's debut. He was acquired last weekend in a deal along with Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs for top prospect Addison Russell, former first-round pick Billy McKinney, right-handed hurler Dan Straily and a player to be named later or cash. Stephen Vogt homered for the A's, who had given up just five runs during their winning streak. They fell to 9-2 in interleague play this season.
07/10 01:36:25 ET
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