National League Game Capsules
(Friday, August 22)
Final Score: Chicago Cubs 4, Baltimore 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Javier Baez and Luis Valbuena homered to back seven solid innings from Jake Arrieta as the Chicago Cubs beat the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Arrieta (7-4), who took a perfect game into the fifth, gave up one run on four hits against his former team. The right-hander is in his first full season with the Cubs after being acquired from Baltimore last July. Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 34th homer of the season for the Orioles, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (7-5) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven over five innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 10, Washington 3
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Panik had a career-high four hits, including his first career home run, and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Washington Nationals' 10-game winning streak with a 10-3 win in the opener of a three-game set. Panik drove in three and scored twice to help make a winner out of Tim Hudson (9-9), who allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings to snap a personal five-start winless drought. Buster Posey homered with two RBI and Travis Ishikawa knocked in a pair of runs for San Francisco, which won for the fifth time in its last six games. Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco each had an RBI in the victory. Doug Fister (12-4) lost for just the second time in his last 11 starts, surrendering four runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings of work. Washington was in search of its first 11-game winning streak since returning back to the nation's capital in 2005, when the Nats also won 10 straight from June 2-12. Jayson Werth had a home run among his two hits and Wilson Ramos had an RBI for Washington.
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 4
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Revere collected three hits with two runs scored, Ryan Howard had two RBI and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Kyle Kendrick (6-11) settled down after giving up three first-inning runs to pitch 6 1/3 frames for Philadelphia, which has won three of its last four games. Phillies pitchers retired the Cardinals in order in each of the final five innings. Jonathan Papelbon tossed the ninth for his 31st save. Bumped up to make the start for St. Louis, Adam Wainwright (15-8) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on six hits, walked three and struck out only two in six innings. The Cardinals had their winning streak snapped at four games and trail the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers by two games.
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Cincinnati 1 (12 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Upton's upper-deck shot off Manny Parra (0-1) came long after Braves starter Mike Minor carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning that was broken up by Billy Hamilton's game-tying RBI single with two outs. Upton was 3-for-6, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. The Braves, who won the opener of the four-game series 8-0 on Thursday, have held the Reds to six runs in their five meetings this season (5-0). They snapped a six-game losing streak in extra innings, improving to 6-10 this season in those games, and have won seven of their last eight overall. Hamilton broke up Minor's no- hit bid with a two-out RBI single to center field in the eighth that scored Zack Cozart, who walked and was just the second Reds runner to reach second base after he moved up on a ground out. Hamilton had both of Cincinnati's hits as the slumping Reds matched a season-high with their seventh straight loss. They are 1-10 in their last 11.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Harrison had three hits and five RBI, two of them on a homer, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Friday to open a three-game series. Andrew McCutchen added two hits, including his first homer since coming off the disabled list, and Neil Walker had an RBI triple in Pittsburgh's second win in a row on the heels of a season-high seven-game losing streak. Jeff Locke (5-3) picked up his third victory in four starts after allowing just two hits and two runs in six innings. Locke walked six and didn't strike out a batter. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who have lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak. They were 10-3 against Pittsburgh this season entering the game. Yovani Gallardo (8-7) took the loss after giving up six runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and three walks in five innings.
Final Score: Miami 13, Colorado 5
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcell Ozuna had three hits and knocked in five runs, the last four on a grand slam in the ninth inning that punctuated Miami's 13-5 win over Colorado on Friday to open a three-game series. Giancarlo Stanton added three hits, three RBI and three runs scored for the Marlins, who have won four of their last five. Henderson Alvarez (10-5) picked up his fourth straight win despite allowing 10 hits and four runs in six innings. The right-hander struck out five, walked none and helped himself with a sacrifice fly to score a run. Justin Morneau and Corey Dickerson each hit a two-run homer for the Rockies, who have lost two of three. Franklin Morales (5-7) was knocked around for six runs on eight hits without escaping the fifth inning. Morales walked two batters and Rockies pitchers issued nine free passes in the game.
Final Score: Arizona 5, San Diego 1
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Collmenter carried a shutout into the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game series. Collmenter (9-7) had pitched to an 8.50 ERA over his previous four outings but was masterful on Friday, holding the Padres to a measly two hits over the first eight innings. He was pulled with one out in the ninth after giving up two more hits, and a wild pitch by Matt Stites allowed San Diego's only run to score. Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer while Jake Lamb scored a run and knocked in another to back Collmenter's strong effort. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits over as many innings for San Diego, which had dropped six of eight overall.
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, New York 2
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dan Haren tossed seven strong innings and drove in a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Haren (11-10) surrendered just one run on three hits with six strikeouts for the win. Dee Gordon tripled among his three hits and drove in a run and Matt Kemp hit a two-run double for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last four games. Curtis Granderson homered and Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who have lost 12 of their last 14 games against the Dodgers. Jonathan Niese (7-9) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and three walks across 6 2/3 frames.
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