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National League Game Capsules(Wednesday, September 17)
Final Score: Colorado 16, Los Angeles 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies scored eight runs on 11 hits -- and that was just the first inning. The thin air at Coors Field mattered little as the Rockies knocked around Los Angeles Dodgers starter Carlos Frias for 10 of those hits. Justin Morneau teed off on a Frias fastball for a three-run homer and tied a franchise record with five RBI in the inning as Colorado raced out to a big lead on the way to a 16-2 win over the NL West leaders Wednesday afternoon. Morneau had three hits and six RBI -- he was a triple shy of the cycle -- and Jorge De La Rosa (14-11) gave up two hits in six scoreless innings to snap a four-start winless streak. The Rockies won the last two games in the three-game series after a seven-game losing streak.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Arizona 2
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Duffy's pinch-hit single in the ninth inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the rubber match of a three-game series on Wednesday. Pablo Sandoval walked to begin the ninth off Addison Reed (1-6), Brandon Crawford singled two batters later and Brandon Belt followed with a walk that loaded the bases. A pinch-hitting Duffy then lined a 3-2 pitch right back up the box that scored Sandoval and Crawford for a 4-2 advantage. Sergio Romo (6-4) worked the eighth to earn the win prior to Santiago Casilla tossing a scoreless ninth to nail down his 17th save of the season.
Final Score: Miami 4, New York 3
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Yelich reached base three times and drove in the eventual game-winning run with a seventh-inning double as the Miami Marlins topped the New York Mets on Wednesday, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Marcell Ozuna, whose hit streak ended at 11 games after an 0-for-4 performance on Tuesday, and Donovan Solano each had three hits for Miami, which got a quality start out of Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez (11-6) gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings for the Marlins, who learned Wednesday that injured superstar Giancarlo Stanton will not play again in 2014. Stanton sustained multiple injuries when he was struck on the left side of his face by a fastball on Sept. 11. The 24-year-old leads the National League with 37 homers.
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Washington 1
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Bethancourt's two-run single in the sixth inning provided the difference as Atlanta took down Washington by a 3-1 count in the finale of a three-game series. Phil Gosselin finished 3- for-4 and scored a run for the Braves, who snapped a five-game skid. Alex Wood (11-10) scattered five hits and one run while striking out eight over his six-plus innings. Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth for his 44th save. Steven Souza's fifth-inning solo blast was the lone meaningful offense for the Nationals, who clinched their second NL East title in the last three seasons with a win on Tuesday. Ross Detwiler (2-3) was charged with all three Atlanta runs in the deciding frame. Blake Treinen worked the first five scoreless frames, giving up three hits and a walk.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Cincinnati 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings of one- run ball to guide the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 win over the struggling Cincinnati Reds. Hendricks (7-2) has been one of the best rookies in the majors this season, and Wednesday was no different for the young right-hander. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter, helping the Cubs sweep Cincinnati for the first time since 2009. Luis Valbuena, Chris Valaika and Ryan Kalish all drove in runs in the triumph. Yorman Rodriguez and Tucker Barnhart had two hits apiece for the Reds, who had their entire starting lineup replaced from Tuesday after they were shutout for a second straight game. Daniel Corcino (0-1) picked up his first major-league decision after giving up two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 0
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Wainwright notched St. Louis' first hit with two outs in the sixth and tossed his third shutout of the season in the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Wainwright (19-9) gave up seven hits and stuck out seven en route to his fifth complete game of the year. His four-start winning streak has allowed him to join Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Clayton Kershaw as the lone 19-game winners this season. Wainwright, Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta had the only three hits for the Cardinals, who remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates beat the Red Sox on Wednesday. Mike Fiers (6-3) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits while striking out seven over seven innings for the Brewers, who sit 2 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the NL's second Wild Card spot.
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, San Diego 2
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Hamels fired seven innings of one-run ball and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres, 5-2, in the third test of a four-game set. Hamels (9-7) struck out nine, gave up seven hits and walked one for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Ben Revere added a two-run double in the triumph. Eric Stults (7-17) surrendered four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames for San Diego.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, Boston 1
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-1, in the middle contest of a three-game set. Clint Barmes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who remained 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for first place in the NL Central. The Cardinals beat the Brewers on Wednesday. Francisco Liriano (6-10) allowed one run on three hits while striking out five over six innings for Pittsburgh, which has won 10 of 12. He won his third straight start. Xander Bogaerts drove in the lone run for the Red Sox, who saw starter Clay Buchholz (8-9) give up five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over four innings. The right-hander had a three- start winning streak snapped. Rusney Castillo went 1-for-4 in his MLB debut. Projected as Boston's leadoff hitter of the future, the Cuban Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal on Aug. 23. He batted seventh and started in center field on Wednesday.
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