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National League Game Capsules
(Thursday, July 31)

Final Score: Chicago 3, Colorado 1

Chicago, IL ( - Jake Arrieta got back on track by firing seven strong innings and leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies that closed out a four-game series. Arrieta (6-2) took a perfect game into the fifth inning and yielded just a run on three hits while striking out seven to halt a four-start winless stretch. The right-hander was bolstered by a big sixth inning in which the Cubs scored three runs off Pedro Hernandez despite recording only two hits. Chris Coghlan went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win, Chicago's third of the set. The NL Central cellar- dwelling Cubs made one notable move at Thursday's trade deadline during the game, shipping utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and lefty reliever James Russell to Atlanta for minor league catcher Victor Caratini. Hernandez (0-1), promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs for his first major league start of the season, permitted all three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Final Score: St. Louis 6, San Diego 2

San Diego, CA ( - Shelby Miller worked six innings for his first win in almost two months and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Thursday to avoid being swept in a three-game series. Miller (8-8) hadn't won since June 7 against Washington -- a span of seven starts. He struck out five and gave up two runs on three hits and no walks. Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer and Matt Holliday added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who bounced back from Wednesday's 12-1 loss to win for only the third time in their last nine games. They went 3-3 on a six-game road trip. Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable hit solo homers off Miller in the second inning. San Diego's only other baserunner came in the sixth on Rene Rivera's double. Padres rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3) yielded six runs, nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings to remain winless in his last four starts since winning his first two.

Final Score: Philadelphia 10, Washington 4

Washington, DC ( - Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored to help the Philadelphia Phillies take a 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a four-game series. Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee exited the game with two outs in the third inning. He appeared to hurt his elbow while throwing a pitch to Denard Span and exited the game. He was making just his third start after spending two months on the disabled list with a left elbow strain. Ben Revere went 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd drove in a pair for the Phillies, who dropped two of three to the Mets earlier this week. Antonio Bastardo (5-4) got the final out of the third to pick up the win. Span drove in two runs while Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa had an RBI apiece for the Nationals, who have lost three of four. Gio Gonzalez (6-7) was tagged for five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings to drop his third straight decision.

Final Score: Cincinnati 3, Miami 1

Miami, FL ( - The Cincinnati Reds scored three runs in the eighth inning after a call at the plate was overturned and beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Thursday night to open a four-game series. The Marlins appeared to have escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth and kept a 1-0 lead intact when Giancarlo Stanton caught Todd Frazier's fly ball in right field and one-hopped a throw to catcher Jeff Mathis. But Stanton's throw took Mathis from the first-base side of home plate, where he set up, to the third-base side and into the path of Zack Cozart, bringing MLB's new rule aimed a cutting down on home plate collisions into play. Out by several steps, Cozart didn't slide and was tagged easily. The umpires gathered for close to seven minutes while the ruling was made at the MLB replay operations center in New York. Home plate umpire Mike Winters, who had called Cozart out, made the safe motion and then ejected Marlins manager Mike Redmond. After the replay and Redmond's ejection, Ryan Ludwick hit a single to center field to plate two more runs and give the Reds their 3-1 lead.

Final Score: Arizona 7, Pittsburgh 4

Phoenix, AZ ( - Kirk Gibson moved past Bob Melvin for the most managerial wins in Diamondbacks history on Thursday thanks to the unlikeliest of heroes. Andy Marte had been waiting four years for a return to the big leagues and made the most of it with a pinch-hit, two-run homer that helped Arizona get past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-4, in the opener of a four- game series. Arizona traded away regulars Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado on Thursday, and one of the open roster spots was filled by the 30-year-old Marte, who had been stuck in the minors since a failed stint with the Indians in 2010 but was hitting .330 with 13 homers at Triple-A Reno before being called up. Nick Ahmed hit his first career homer and Aaron Hill added a solo blast in the Diamondbacks' third victory in four games. Neil Walker went 2- for-4 with a solo homer while Russell Martin drove in two runs for the Pirates, who have dropped two in a row.

Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Atlanta 1

Los Angeles, CA ( - Clayton Kershaw went the distance to win his 10th consecutive decision and give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 decision over Atlanta to complete a three-game sweep of the Braves. Kershaw came extremely close to notching his third shutout of the season, but allowed a run in the ninth inning when Justin Upton barely beat out an infield hit to score his brother, B.J. Upton. Evan Gattis grounded into a force play to end the game. Kershaw (13-2), who scattered nine hits and had nine strikeouts without walking a batter, hasn't lost since May 28 against Cincinnati. The lefty, who tied his career-long winning streak, lowered his ERA to 1.71 for the season. Yasiel Puig homered in the third inning and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's double in the first, giving the Dodgers their season-high sixth straight win. They lead the NL West by 3 1/2 games over San Francisco. Julio Teheran (10-7) went the distance on a five-hitter for the Braves. Teheran also had nine strikeouts. The Dodgers earned their first sweep of three or more games over the Braves since a four-game whitewash July 26-29, 1990 at Dodger Stadium. It also marked LA's sixth series sweep of the season.

08/01 01:15:11 ET

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