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National League Game Capsules(Friday, September 19)
Final Score: Los Angeles 14, Chicago 5
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw's 20th win was his easiest of the season, but he was far away from having his best stuff. Good thing the Los Angeles Dodgers' bats came out smoking hot. Matt Kemp smacked a three-run homer in a six-run Los Angeles first inning, Kershaw labored through five frames and the Dodgers routed the Chicago Cubs, 14-5, in the second test of a four-game set. The Dodgers clinched a playoff spot later Friday after Pittsburgh defeated Milwaukee. Kershaw (20-3), who is vying to become the first NL pitcher in 46 years to win the MVP award, allowed three first-inning runs and wiggled out of some tough jams en route to becoming MLB's first 20- game winner. It's the second 20-win campaign of his career.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Martin clubbed a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. The Brewers entered this three-game set looking to gain ground on Pittsburgh in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot and got a gem from Yovani Gallardo, who continued his mastery of the Pirates and dominance at PNC Park. Unfortunately, Gallardo couldn't pitch beyond the seventh. Jonathan Broxton (4-3) was tasked with protecting a 2-0 lead and surrendered hits to four of the five batters he faced, including Martin's blast to right- center field. Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth to earn his 31st save and give the Pirates a 4 1/2-game lead over the Brewers.
Final Score: Washington 3, Miami 2
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam LaRoche smacked a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals edged the Miami Marlins, 3-2, in the second test of a four-game set. Doug Fister (15-6) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings for Washington, which has won 10 of its last 13 games. Drew Storen fired a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save of the season. The Nationals clinched the NL East on Tuesday and are 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles for home-field advantage in the National League. Justin Bour cracked his first major league homer among his two RBI for the Marlins, who have dropped seven of their last 10 contests. Tom Koehler (9-10) surrendered three runs on six hits and four walks over five frames in defeat.
Final Score: New York 5, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer to back six scoreless innings from Zack Wheeler as the New York Mets blanked the Atlanta Braves 5-0 at Turner Field. Wheeler (11-10) scattered five hits, walked two and struck out seven. The New York pitchers combined to retire the final 13 Braves batters in Friday's win. Atlanta's Julio Teheran (13-13) lost his fourth straight start despite a solid seven-inning effort. He gave up seven hits, with the Duda home run his lone hiccup.
Final Score: Colorado 15, Arizona 3
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Cuddyer powered the Colorado offense with a career-high seven RBI, leading the Rockies to a 15-3 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second of a four-game set on Friday. Cuddyer hit a grand slam and a three-run double and Wilin Rosario finished 3- for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Rockies, who have won four straight games. Jordan Lyles (7-3) gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings to earn the win. Cody Ross and Mark Trumbo each drove in a run for Arizona, which had starter Chase Anderson (9-7) give up six runs on nine hits and two walks across five frames in the loss.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Cincinnati 1
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - John Lackey hasn't been at his best since a trade deadline deal brought him to St. Louis, but on Friday he helped the Cardinals pitching staff accomplish something it hadn't done in 100 years. Lackey became the eighth straight starter to allow one earned run or less in five innings or more, as St. Louis topped the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game series. The streak began one night after Lackey was charged with two runs on four hits in just two innings in Cincinnati on Sept. 10. The Reds took three of four from St. Louis in that series. Since then, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller have each taken the hill twice and Marco Gonzales started once. The Cardinals have won six of seven after this victory.
Final Score: San Diego 5, San Francisco 0
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Odrisamer Despaigne tossed a gem while Tim Hudson struggled yet again, as the San Diego Padres blanked the San Francisco Giants, 5-0, on Friday. Despaigne (4-7) spun seven scoreless innings for the Padres, allowing just a pair of hits while striking out six. In three starts against the Giants this season, the Cuban rookie has given up just one run on eight hits in 20 innings. Hudson, meanwhile, labored through yet another disappointing start for the playoff-hopeful Giants. Pitching through a hip injury, the veteran gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 4 1/3 innings six days after his shortest outing of the year. Last time out, Hudson (9-12) was rocked for six runs on eight hits in an inning against the Dodgers, who eventually won that game, 17-0. He hasn't won since Aug. 22. San Francisco remains percentage points ahead of Pittsburgh for the top National League wild card spot, and 5 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.
Final Score: Oakland 3, Philadelphia 1
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings as the Oakland Athletics nabbed a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to open a three-game set. With the win, the A's went a half-game ahead of the Royals, who lost to Detroit on Friday, for the top wild card spot in the American League. Lester (16-10) allowed one run on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts to win his third straight start for the Athletics, who came into the contest having gotten swept over three games by Texas. Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies, who have lost five of their last six games. David Buchanan (6-8) gave up three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in the loss.
09/20 01:35:52 ET
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