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National League Game Capsules(Friday, July 11)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Atlanta 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Ruggiano's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series. After scoring the tying run in the top of the ninth, the Braves sent Jordan Walden (0-1) to the mound in the bottom half. The right-hander recorded two quick outs before giving up a single to Arismendy Alcantara, who stole second and crossed the plate on Ruggiano's hit to left. Hector Rondon (2-3) got the win despite giving up one run on two hits in the ninth. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks over 7 2/3 innings. Ruggiano ended with two RBI for the Cubs, who have won two in a row since a six-game skid.
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Washington 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A.J. Burnett pitched into the eighth inning, Jimmy Rollins belted two homers and the Philadelphia Phillies stayed hot by beating the Washington Nationals, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Burnett (6-8) was charged for two runs on five hits and walked four with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Domonic Brown added a two-run double for the Phillies, who returned home after sweeping four games at NL Central-leading Milwaukee. They matched a season best with their fifth straight win. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) exited in the fourth inning with a right bicep cramp.
Final Score: New York 7, Miami 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Wheeler continued his stellar pitching against the Miami Marlins to help his New York Mets to a 7-1 win in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field. Wheeler (5-8), who entered the game with a 0.96 ERA in four career starts against Miami, allowed just one run on five hits with six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. In his last outing against the Marlins on June 19, Wheeler hurled his first career complete game, limiting his opposition to three hits in a 1-0 win. David Wright went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored for New York, which has won five of its last six. Lucas Duda also homered and Juan Lagares added a pair of hits with an RBI in the win. Miami starter Hector Alvarez (6-4) has also had success against his NL East rival, however, that wasn't the case in this matchup. Alvarez was charged with six runs on eight hits over five innings of work.
Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Pittsburgh 5
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena singled in Chris Heisey to cap a three-run eighth inning, lifting the injury-riddled Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Devin Mesoraco belted a two-out solo homer to left off Tony Watson in the eighth. Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey singled before Ramon Santiago tied the game with his third hit of the night, an RBI base hit to center. Pena was nearly retired, but his foul ball on the right side went just past the tarp and caromed off the side wall. The next pitch from Watson (5-1) was lined into right-center field. Reds starter Mat Latos departed after five innings due to lower back spasms. Latos surrendered three hits and four runs, three of which were earned. Aroldis Chapman set an all-time major league record with at least one strikeout in each of his last 40 appearances, surpassing the mark set by Bruce Sutter for the Chicago Cubs in 1977. Chapman struck out the side, breezing a 103 mph fastball by a swinging pinch-hitter Matt Hague to end the game. Chapman nailed down his 20th save and Cincinnati's sixth win in seven games. Curtis Partch (1-0) walked the bases full in the eighth, but escaped the jam by fanning pinch-hitter Ike Davis and picked up his first big league victory. Pedro Alvarez belted a three-run shot and Andrew McCutchen added a solo blast in the fourth inning for the Pirates, losers in four of their last five games.
07/11 22:51:23 ET