Final Score: Chicago 7, St. Louis 6
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Sweeney went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and 4 RBI as the Chicago Cubs hung on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set. Luis Valbuena smacked a two-run shot and crossed the plate three times for the Cubs, who handed the Cardinals their fourth straight loss. Kevin Siegrist (1-2) gave up the tie- breaking two-run homer to Valbuena in the seventh and was tagged with the loss. Justin Grimm (3-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning to earn the win. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly only lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs. Chicago starter Travis Wood, who hasn't recorded a win since June 15, allowed seven hits and five runs -- two earned -- in five innings of work, but ended his personal three-game losing streak.
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Arizona 5
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer, drove in three runs and crossed the plate twice to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5, in the opener of a three-game series on Friday. Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored for the Phillies, who are now 15-4 at home against the Diamondbacks since 2008. Alfredo Marte entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and hit the first home run of his career, a two-out grand slam that brought the Diamondbacks back into the game after being down 6-0. Kyle Kendrick (5-10), who was 0-2 in his last two starts, threw 5 2/3 innings in the win, striking out five and surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk. Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley (6-7) gave up six runs -- five earned -- eight hits and walked three, while also striking out six.
Final Score: Washington 4, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - A solid pitching performance by Tanner Roark, coupled with stellar defense from Anthony Rendon and a barrage of hits from the Washington offense, helped the Nationals defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-1, in the opener of the three-game set. Roark (10-6) limited the Reds to just one run on three hits with six strikeouts over seven innings in his third straight win. Throughout those three wins, Roark has allowed one run over seven innings in each of outing. Rendon, who made a couple of dazzling plays filling in for injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Denard Span went 4-for-5 with an RBI, while Adam LaRoche and Zach Walters also knocked in a run apiece for Washington, which pounded out 12 hits to win for the fifth time in its last six games. Alfredo Simon (12-5) was denied his major league-leading 13th win after he surrendered three runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. While the Nationals' offense was clicking, Cincinnati's managed only four hits in its seventh straight loss.
Final Score: San Diego 5, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Denorfia scored twice and drove in a run among his three hits to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a four-game set on Friday. Tommy Medica finished with a career-high four hits and an RBI single and Rene Rivera supplied two hits and drove in a run for the Padres, who have won three straight and five of their last six. Jesse Hahn (6-2), recalled from Triple-A El Paso prior to the game, surrendered just one run on three hits with four strikeouts in six strong innings to earn the win, his sixth in his last seven starts. Freddie Freeman had two of Atlanta's four hits and scored twice for the Braves, which have dropped four of their last five. Starter Alex Wood (7-8) was reached for 12 hits and five runs -- four earned -- across five frames.
Final Score: New York 3, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda's two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning gave the New York Mets a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Milwaukee carried a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning thanks to 7 2/3 scoreless innings by Yovani Gallardo, but closer Francisco Rodriguez (4-4) failed to record an out before the Mets went in front. Daniel Murphy doubled to left to start the frame and David Wright singled to make it 2-1. Duda followed with a no-doubter over the wall in right. Jenrry Mejia struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 14th save. Gallardo is now winless in his last six starts despite striking out eight and yielding just four hits during his stint. Zack Wheeler also pitched well despite not factoring into the decision. The young righty fanned nine in 6 2/3 frame, surrendering two runs -- one earned -- on three hits. Murphy had three hits for the Mets, who have won three of four.
Final Score: Colorado 8, Pittsburgh 1
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Anderson cruised into the seventh inning before he was lifted because of a developing blister on his hand, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 Friday in the opener of a three-game series. Josh Rutledge hit a three-run double and Carlos Gomez added a two-run homer in a seven-run seventh inning for the Rockies, who won their second in a row on the heels of a seven-game slide. Anderson (1-3) earned his first win since coming off the disabled list from a broken finger but left in the seventh when the blister on his pitching hand got to be too much. The lefty's 102nd pitch, a 3-1 fastball to Russell Martin with one out in the seventh inning, sailed high and outside and Anderson looked at the fingers on his hand before he was taken out. He gave up only two hits and four walk while striking out one. Charlie Morton (5-10) went six-plus innings for the Pirates, who were coming off a 5-1 homestand. Morton was charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yasiel Puig tripled three times in a historic night at the plate in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-1 rout of the San Francisco Giants. Puig hit three triples and a double in his first four plate appearances, becoming the first major leaguer to do so in a game since Cincinnati's Herm Winningham in 1990. Puig finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. His three triples are the most in franchise history since Jimmy Sheckard's three in 1901. Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp also tripled and finished with three hits apiece to help the Dodgers pick up a crucial game on the NL West-leading Giants. The win pulls Los Angeles within a half-game of San Francisco. LA's bats overshadowed a dominant performance by Zack Greinke (12-6), who struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings of work. Greinke improved to 3-0 against the Giants this season.
Final Score: Miami 2, Houston 0
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Mathis stroked a two-run double during the seventh inning and Brad Hand tossed 7 1/3 effective innings as the Miami Marlins topped the Houston Astros, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday. Hand (2-2) allowed just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts to earn his second straight victory. Donovan Solano and Giancarlo Stanton both supplied two hits for the Marlins, who have won five of their last six games. Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Gregorio Petit accounted for the Astros' three hits and starter Dallas Keuchel (9-7) gave up just two unearned runs on nine hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in Houston's third straight defeat.
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