National League Game Capsules
(Thursday, September 18)
Final Score: Washington 6, Miami 2
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Gio Gonzalez tossed seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals used a five-run fourth inning to defeat the Miami Marlins, 6-2, in the opener of a four-game set on Thursday. Gonzalez (9-10) surrendered just two runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in the win. Bryce Harper finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, Kevin Frandsen had two hits and an RBI and Anthony Rendon scored twice for the Nationals, who have won five of their last six games. Jeff Baker had two hits, a run scored and an RBI for Miami, which had starter Brad Hand (3-8) give up six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits in five innings of work.
Final Score: Colorado 7, Arizona 6
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilin Rosario smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 7-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Coors Field. The Rockies were down 6-1, but scored two runs in the sixth and eighth innings before Rosario capped off a 4-for-5 performance with his two-out, walk-off blast to deep left field off Addison Reed (1-7). Michael Cuddyer belted a solo homer among his three hits and scored three runs for Colorado in the opener of a four-game series. LaTroy Hawkins (4-3), who is closing in on 1,000 career appearances, worked the top of the ninth.
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 2 (13 innings)
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Cruz singled in the game-winning run in the 13th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals dealt the Milwaukee Brewers' playoff hopes a painful blow with Thursday's 3-2 marathon victory. St. Louis scored twice in the eighth to even things, and after the Brewers wasted several scoring chances in extras, Cruz came through to keep the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central at 2 1/2 games over the Pirates. Rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-8) was put in a tough spot in the 13th with the Brewers having already used six relievers. Matt Holliday led off the inning with a single before Matt Adams beat out a potential double-play ball. Jhonny Peralta followed with a base hit under Aramis Ramirez's glove at third, and Cruz punched one through the middle to plate the slow-moving Adams and send what was left of the Busch Stadium crowd home happy. The Brewers sit 3 1/2 games behind the Pirates in the wild card race heading into their crucial three-game series at Pittsburgh this weekend.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Chicago 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Yasiel Puig finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored as Los Angeles used a late rally to overcome Chicago, 8-4, in the opener of a four-game set from Wrigley Field. Dee Gordon added two hits, scored once and drove in a run for the Dodgers, who snapped a two-game slide and lead idle San Francisco by 2 1/2 games in the NL West. Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier and Justin Turner were also credited with an RBI apiece in the triumph. Paco Rodriguez (1-0) tossed a scoreless sixth inning to snag the win. Jorge Soler picked up a pair of hits and knocked in two for the Cubs, who were coming off a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt added an RBI apiece, with Javier Baez adding two hits and two runs scored. Neil Ramirez (2-3) was charged with five runs -- though only one was earned -- and recorded just two outs in the seventh inning which propelled the visitors to victory.
Final Score: San Diego 7, Philadelphia 3
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexi Amarista went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI as the San Diego Padres capped a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 7-3 victory on Thursday. Will Venable hit a late three-run homer, while Seth Smith added two hits and an RBI behind Robbie Erlin (4-4), who held the Phillies to one run on five hits over six frames in his first start since May 17. Kyle Kendrick (9-13) lasted five innings and allowed six hits, five walks and three runs for Philadelphia.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerrit Cole worked into the eighth inning and Starling Marte homered as Pittsburgh edged Boston, 3-2, in the finale of a three-game interleague set. Ike Davis and Chris Stewart also knocked in a run each for the Pirates, who swept the series and maintained a healthy lead over Milwaukee for the NL's second wild card spot. Cole (10-5) gave up six hits and two runs while striking out seven, Tony Watson completed the eighth and Mark Melancon turned in a scoreless ninth to notch his 30th save. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts drove in a run apiece for the Red Sox, who struggled after taking three of four on the road against playoff-hopeful Kansas City. Brandon Workman (1-10) lasted five full frames and was charged with seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- along with three walks.
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