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National League Game Capsules(Thursday, July 24)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, San Francisco 1
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Hamels struck out 10 over eight dominant innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies salvage the finale of a four-game series with a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. Hamels (5-5), who yielded just a run on six hits, showcased his best stuff on Thursday. His fastball topped out nearly 2 m.p.h. faster than his average and all of his pitches were sharp, keeping the Giants off-balance for most of the afternoon. The 30-year-old lefty has gone at least seven innings in 13 of his last 15 starts. Jonathan Papelbon made amends for Wednesday's loss, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the game and his 24th save. Marlon Byrd and Chase Utley each finished with two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who won for just the second time in seven games since the All-Star break. Tim Hudson (8-7) took the hard-luck loss despite surrendering just a pair of unearned runs with six strikeouts through six innings.
Final Score: Miami 3, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in Marcell Ozuna with the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning as the Marlins capitalized on a pair of wild pitches from Braves closer Craig Kimbrel to beat Atlanta, 3-2, at Turner Field. Henderson Alvarez (7-5) allowed six hits over eight strong innings and snapped a personal two-game skid to help the Marlins to their fourth win in five games. Even though the Marlins are five games below .500, they are 6 1/2 games out of a wild card spot, currently held by Los Angeles and Atlanta. Aaron Harang allowed seven hits and two runs, and fanned five over the first seven innings for the Braves, who lost three times in this four-game set.
Final Score: Milwaukee 9, New York 1
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Khris Davis all homered and drove in two runs as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the New York Mets, 9-1, in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday. Seven of the Brewers' 10 hits went for extra bases, including a two-run triple by Jean Segura, as the club followed up a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a fifth straight win at home. Matt Garza (7-7) bounced back from a forgettable outing his last time out and allowed a run over eight innings to earn the victory. Lucas Duda homered for the Mets, who were coming off a series win in Seattle but have still dropped four of their last six. For the second time in as many starts, Dillon Gee (4-3) lasted only five frames and surrendered a season-high six runs on six hits and a pair of walks. \\
Final Score: San Diego 13, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyson Ross finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts to help the San Diego Padres in a 13-3 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Ross (9-10) stifled the Cubs through six solid innings, yielding one run on five hits and a walk. The 27-year-old right-hander received 11 total runs of support in his previous five outings and has given up two or less earned runs in seven straight starts. Rene Rivera, Seth Smith and Will Venable each collected three hits, with Rivera adding a home run and three RBI for San Diego, which has won four of its last five. Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena and Chris Coghlan each posted an RBI in the setback, Chicago's seventh in its last eight games. Edwin Jackson (5-11) was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over five-plus innings before leaving with cramps in his throwing hand.
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