National League Game Capsules
(Thursday, August 28)
Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 2
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Cozart led a potent offensive attack, as the Cincinnati Reds stole the show in a 7-2 thumping of the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Cozart went 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases for the Reds, who swiped a season-high six bags in winning the rubber match of this three-game set. Todd Frazier also stole two bases, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for Cincinnati, which ended a seven-game homestand with four wins. Deuces were wild for Reds speedster Billy Hamilton. The center fielder had two hits, two RBI, a pair of runs scored and two walks, while stealing his 51st base of the season. Reds starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod (1-0) got the win, allowing just two hits over five innings. He struck out eight and walked three. In his second major league game, Jorge Solar went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cubs, who have dropped two in a row after winning four straight.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 1
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gregor Blanco homered to back six dominant innings by Yusmeiro Petit, who made history in the San Francisco Giants' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Petit, who has split his duties this season between starting and pitching out of the bullpen, retired the first eight batters he faced to break Mark Buehrle's MLB record with 46 consecutive outs. Petit (4-3) improved to 2-2 as a starter after allowing just one run on four hits over six innings of work. Petit also struck out nine before leaving with just 81 pitches. Petit tied the National League record for consecutive batters retired of 41 with a 1-2-3 first.
Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Minor was dominant on the mound and at the plate to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 win over the New York Mets in Thursday's series finale at Citi Field. Minor (6-8) allowed one run on four hits and struck out five over seven-plus innings. He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in Atlanta's second straight win. Emilio Bonifacio collected four hits with two RBI and a run, while Freddie Freeman also had an RBI for the Braves. Jason Heyward went hitless over his first four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in his first appearance against New York's Jon Niese since Aug. 21, 2013. The last time the two met, Niese hit Heyward with a fastball in the face and broke his jaw. Heyward did, however, double and score a run in his final turn at the plate during a three-run ninth inning that put the game away. Niese (7-10) allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
08/28 23:08:03 ET