National League Game Capsules
(Thursday, August 21)
Final Score: Washington 1, Arizona 0
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Denard Span scored the game's only run on Jordan Pacheco's throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to give the Washington Nationals a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series. After pinch-hitter Scott Hairston flied out to start the frame, Span blooped a single into center off of Oliver Perez (2-3). Evan Marshall took over on the mound and Span swiped second to move into scoring position. Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to third that Pacheco fielded easily, but his throw came up short of first base and bounced past Mark Trumbo and out of play, allowing Span to score the winning run. The Nationals have won 10 straight games, with five of their last six coming in walk-off fashion. The streak ties a franchise record set in 2005. Rafael Soriano (4-1) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the Nationals to get the win as Washington swept its opponent for the third series in a row. Perez picked up the loss for allowing the single to Span in the ninth. He was charged with one run -- none earned -- on one hit over 1 1/3 innings. The D-backs lost for the sixth game in a row and have dropped nine of their last 11.
Final Score: Atlanta 8, Cincinnati 0
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Upton drove in three runs and scored another and Andrelton Simmons finished with a home run and two RBI to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds, 8-0, in the opener of a four-game set. Jason Heyward scored twice and knocked in a run and Chris Johnson hit an RBI double and crossed the plate once as the Braves won for the sixth time in their last seven games. Julio Teheran (12-9) shut out the Reds for six innings, scattering four hits and striking out three for his second straight win since losing three in a row. David Holmberg's (0-1) second start of the season went as badly as the first did back on July 8. The right-hander lasted only 2 2/3 innings again. This time, he was charged with six runs on five hits and four walks. He surrendered four hits, walked three batters and hit another during a five-run third inning for Atlanta. The Reds have lost six in a row and 11 of their last 13.
Final Score: Chicago 2, San Francisco 1 (Game 1) Final Score: San Francisco 5, Chicago 3 (Game 2)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Buster Posey went 4-for-4 and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning as the San Francisco Giants earned a 5-3 win over the Cubs to wrap up an elongated three-game series at Wrigley Field. The finale of this set wound up being a rubber match after all when the Cubs took the conclusion of Tuesday's protested game, 2-1. The Giants' bats woke up for the nightcap, as Pablo Sandoval complemented Posey with three hits and two RBI in the club's fifth win in seven games. Madison Bumgarner (14-9) allowed back-to-back home runs to Justin Ruggiano and Welington Castillo in the first inning but settled in to pitch seven frames. The left-hander struck out a dozen and scattered seven hits and a walk. The winless streak for Travis Wood (7-11) continued, with the lefty giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings of work. Wood has not won since June 15, going 0-6 in a dozen starts.
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, San Diego 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Turner's two-run homer in the eighth lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres in a pitchers' duel at Chavez Ravine. Carl Crawford snapped a string of 12 straight retired by Tyson Ross with an infield single off the glove of the San Diego starter to begin the eighth. Turner then stroked a hanging slider over the wall in left to give Los Angeles the lead. Ross (11-12) was charged with two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in the tough-luck loss as he did an admirable job dueling Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw (15-3), who was originally scheduled to start Friday, was on the hook for the loss, but he picked up the win instead after going eight strong innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 10 in the win. Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth and picked up his 36th save of the season.
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