National League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, July 29)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, New York 0
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings as the Philadelphia Phillies grabbed a 6-0 win over the New York Mets in the second of a three-game set. Hamels (6-5) allowed just six hits without a walk, striking out eight to win his third straight start. Chase Utley hit a grand slam, while Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore each added a solo home run for the Phillies, who have won four of their last six. Dillon Gee (4-4) was tagged for five runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings for the Mets, who had won five of seven coming in.
Final Score: Miami 3, Washington 0
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Henderson Alvarez got the better of Stephen Strasburg, and Christian Yelich knocked in a crucial late run, as Miami topped Washington, 3-0, in the second game of a three-game series. Alvarez (8-5) and Strasburg (7-9) both worked seven innings, but Alvarez held the visitors scoreless on three hits despite four walks as Strasburg let up one run on four hits. Steve Cishek loaded the bases with two away in the ninth, but emerged with his 27th save after fanning Anthony Rendon swinging. Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs for the Marlins, winners of six straight games and nine of their last 10. Bryce Harper collected two of his club's five hits for the Nationals, who have dropped four of their last six.
Final Score: Cincinnati 3, Arizona 0
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Leake tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, guiding the struggling Cincinnati Reds to a crucial 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle installment of a three-game series. Leake (8-9) only yielded five hits and struck out eight batters, as the Reds won for just the second time since the All-Star break. Leake had allowed four runs and at least eight hits in each of his previous three starts. Todd Frazier, Brayan Pena and Leake drove in runs for Cincinnati, which will aim to win its first series since July 11-13 in Wednesday's rubber match. Trevor Cahill (1-8) fell to 0-6 in starts this season after giving up all three runs on seven hits. Bo Schultz faced the minimum in two innings out of the bullpen. Arizona's relievers have now gone 18 2/3 straight innings without surrendering a run.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Milwaukee 1
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Cobb gave up just three hits and had a season-high 12 strikeouts in eight innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer and delivered a go-ahead RBI double in a four-run eighth inning for the Rays, who have won the first two games of the three-game series and 11 of their last 12. Cobb (7-6) remained unbeaten in his last six starts with 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings. He gave up two walks, a run and reached double digit strikeouts for the third time since June 13, when he got 11 against Houston. Cobb struck out 10 in seven shutout innings against the Cardinals in his last start last Wednesday. Matt Garza was good in seven innings against his former team, but not as good as Cobb. Garza gave up five hits, including Zobrist's homer, and two walks in his second career start against the Rays. The NL Central-leading Brewers have lost four of their last five. Will Smith (1-3) relieved Garza to start the eighth and surrendered a leadoff walk to Sean Rodriguez, who went to second base on Desmond Jennings' sacrifice bunt and moved up on a wild pitch.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Atlanta 4
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers, including one that capped a three-run seventh inning, as the Los Angeles Dodgers earned an 8-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. Yasiel Puig, who went 4- for-5 and was a home run shy of the cycle, scored twice. Carl Crawford drove in a pair, including the go-ahead one with a groundout in the seventh. Adrian Gonzalez ended 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored twice in the opener of this three-game series. The Dodgers, who had 15 hits, including three from Kemp, posted their fourth straight win and moved three games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West. Freddie Freeman belted a two- run homer for the Braves, who had a three-game winning streak broken. Both starters, Atlanta's Aaron Harang and LA's Josh Beckett allowed nine hits and four runs. Harang threw six innings to 4 1/3 for Beckett, who came into the game with a 23-inning scoreless stretch against the Braves. It was the first time he gave up runs to Atlanta since June 17, 2006 when he pitched for Boston. Brandon League (2-2) pitched one inning to get the win.
Final Score: San Diego 3, St. Louis 1
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yangervis Solarte smacked a solo homer and scored two runs as the San Diego Padres topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game set. Tyson Ross (10-10) struck out seven and allowed a run on four hits and five walks over six innings for the Padres, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Lance Lynn (11-8) surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts over six frames for St. Louis, which has dropped five of its last seven games.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Francisco Liriano pitched seven effective innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the second of a three-game set. Liriano (3-7) allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and a season-high 11 strikeouts. Josh Harrison hit a solo home run and Travis Snider added a two-run shot for the Pirates, who have won their past three games. They are a game behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. Tim Hudson (8-8) gave up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two for the Giants, who matched a season-high with their sixth straight loss. Michael Morse homered in the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Colorado 3 (16 innings)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Backup catcher John Baker pitched the 16th inning, then scored the winning run in the home half as the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, in the second of a four-game set. Baker (1-0) allowed a one-out walk in the top of the 16th, but then got Cristhian Adames to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. With Tyler Matzek (2-5) on the mound, Baker walked and was moved over on a sac bunt from Emilio Bonifacio. Arismendy Alcantara was then hit by a pitch and Anthony Rizzo hit a bloop single to shallow left. Starlin Castro then lifted a fly ball to right that was caught, but Baker easily scored to end the marathon. At 6 hours and 27 minutes, it was the longest game, time-wise, in the history of both clubs. The contest didn't finish until around 1:30 a.m. local time. Bonifacio went 4-for-7 with a two- run home run and two runs scored, while Rizzo also drove in a run for the Cubs, who have won their past two. Justin Morneau was activated from the 15- day disabled list and drove in two. Nolan Arenado also had an RBI for the Rockies, who have dropped three straight. Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts, while Chicago starter Edwin Jackson allowed three runs on six hits in just four innings of work.
07/30 02:54:29 ET