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National League Game Capsules
(Friday, April 18th)

Final Score: Cincinnati 4, Chicago 1

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alfredo Simon yielded one unearned run through six-plus innings as the Cincinnati Reds dealt the sputtering Chicago Cubs a 4-1 loss at Wrigley Field. Two days after being shut out in both ends of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, the Cubs mustered just six hits off Simon and three Cincinnati relievers en route to a fifth consecutive defeat. The lack of offense saddled Jeff Samardzija (0-2) with yet another hard-luck loss despite the Chicago ace permitting three runs -- one earned -- and fanning seven over seven solid innings. Samardzija has received just four runs of support in four starts this season, during which he's produced a 1.29 ERA. Simon (2-1), who permitted four hits and walked two, was aided by an RBI double by Billy Hamilton and an error by Cubs second baseman Emilio Bonifacio that allowed two runs to score in the sixth. Jonathan Broxton finished off Cincinnati's 16th victory in its last 17 visits to Wrigley with a hitless ninth to record his second save of the year.

Final Score: Washington 3, St. Louis 1

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals scored two runs after a wild pitch in the seventh inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Friday night. The Nationals were the beneficiaries of sloppy play one day after making four errors and being two-hit by Adam Wainwright in an 8-0 loss to open the four-game series. Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer for Washington and Gio Gonzalez (3-1) struck out seven batters in seven innings, but it was the poor play by St. Louis in the seventh that got the Nationals the win. They loaded the bases with no outs after Cardinals starter Michael Wacha fielded Danny Espinosa's bunt and tried to get the lead runner at third, but his hard throw went off Matt Carpenter's glove for an error on the third baseman. The two runs scored with two outs when Yadier Molina scrambled for Wacha's wild pitch and hurried a throw to his pitcher that skipped into the Cardinals dugout. The Cardinals made three errors and had an eight-game winning streak against the Nationals snapped. Wacha (2-1) gave up five hits and also struck out seven in seven innings with no walks. Gonzalez yielded four hits and a walk. The Cardinals put runners at second and third base against Tyler Clippard in the eighth before Drew Storen came in to get two quick outs. Rafael Soriano worked around a walk in the ninth for his fourth save, getting a double play to end the game.

Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 3

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Gomez smacked a solo homer among his two hits and two RBI and the Milwaukee Brewers hung on for a 5-3 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second test of a four-game set. Andrew McCutchen ripped a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to trim the gap to 5-3. Pedro Alvarez then had the tying runs on second and third, but took a called strike three on a sweeping slider from Will Smith on the outer half. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Jim Henderson got Starling Marte to pop out to Mark Reynolds at first base. Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his fifth save of the year. The game ended with a runner on second base when Neil Walker scorched a liner that popped in and out of Reynolds' glove. The alert Reynolds was able to pluck the ball out of the air with his right hand. Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado went 3-for-3, which included a single when he literally hit the cover off the ball. In the top of the sixth, Maldonado rolled a grounder to third base that bounced to Alvarez with half the cover missing. Alvarez's throw fluttered and didn't make it to first, rolling the last 10 feet or so. Kyle Lohse (3-1) surrendered three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings for Milwaukee, which had dropped three of its last four coming in on the heels of a nine-game winning streak. Charlie Morton (0-2) yielded five runs on eight hits and two walks over six frames for the Pirates, who have lost six of their last eight.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 0

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Harang saw his bid for a no-hitter end after seven innings due to a high pitch count, but two Atlanta relievers preserved his shutout and the Atlanta Braves blanked the New York Mets, 6-0, on Friday to open a three-game set from Citi Field. Harang (3-1) struck out five and walked six over seven stellar frames, but after 121 pitches -- 70 of which went for strikes -- manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to pull his starter despite the no-hitter and turn it over the pen. Luis Avilan retired the first two batters he faced in the eighth before David Wright ripped a single to left for New York's first and only hit. Jordan Walden pitched a perfect ninth to finish it. Harang, who struggled in 26 starts last season for the Mariners and Mets, has been terrific in four starts so far for the Braves. The 35-year-old righty has allowed just two runs and nine hits in 25 2/3 innings. Atlanta nearly became the second team in the last three seasons to toss a combined no-hitter. The Seattle Mariners used six pitchers to accomplish the feat in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers in 2012. Freddie Freeman hit his fifth home run of the season for the Braves, winners in six of seven. Chris Johnson had three hits, including two doubles, with an RBI and a run scored and Dan Uggla doubled and scored in the triumph. Mets starter Jonathon Niese (0-2) was the unlucky loser after giving up just a run on four hits while striking out seven in six innings.

Final Score: Miami 8, Seattle 4

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo Stanton's grand slam in the ninth inning gave the Miami Marlins a dramatic 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners to open a three-game set. Three straight batters reached base against Yoervis Medina (0-1) to set the plate for Stanton, who cracked a 1-1 curveball over the wall in left-center for the win. Prior to the home run, Reed Johnson was ruled out on a sacrifice bunt play, but a replay determined that third baseman Kyle Seager had juggled the ball. Stanton finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run for the Marlins, who have won two of three. Stanton continued his hot start to the season, as he is now batting .329 with six home runs and a league-leading 26 RBI. It was his second career walk-off grand slam, with the other coming on May 13, 2012 against the Mets. Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings and gave up three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits, while Steve Cishek (1-0) tossed a perfect ninth for the win. Brad Miller and Corey Hart each drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped their past four. Chris Young was tagged for four runs on seven hits in just three innings of work.

Final Score: Colorado 12, Philadelphia 1

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBI as the Colorado Rockies opened a three-game set at Coors Field with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 12-1 rout. The Rockies were never really threatened, putting four across in the first inning and three in the second off Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone (0-1), who labored through four innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs had three hits apiece and Wilin Rosario drove in a three runs to help the Rockies start their six-game homestand with an emphatic win. Tyler Chatwood (1-0) needed just 88 pitches to get through seven strong innings for Colorado. The 24-year-old righty struck out six, allowing just two hits and an unearned run.

04/19 00:38:09 ET

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