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National League Game Capsules

(Saturday, May 22)

Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Washington 1

Washington, DC ( - Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer to lead the Philadelphia Phillies in an 8-1 thumping of the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Ryan Howard hit a solo home run and drove in another and Ben Revere scored three times for the Phillies, who had lost three of four coming in. Cole Hamels (5-3) won his fourth straight start after he allowed just one run on five hits while walking one and striking out five in eight innings. Stephen Strasburg (3-5) had another rough performance, as he was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings for the Nationals, who had won six straight.

Final Score: Cleveland 2, Cincinnati 1

Cleveland, OH ( - Jason Kipnis hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the streaking Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Kipnis scored the other Cleveland run and his clutch hit helped the Indians extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. They will look to sweep this three-game interleague series on Sunday. The Reds recorded a hit in each of the first seven innings against Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (2-5), but managed to produce only one run. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up nine hits and struck out seven with no walks in eight innings.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, New York 2

Pittsburgh, PA ( - A.J. Burnett continued his dazzling season on the mound. The 38-year-old right-hander even swung the bat a little, not that he needed the help. Burnett had 10 strikeouts and no walks over seven strong innings and the Pirates knocked around Mets ace Matt Harvey on the way to an 8-2 victory Saturday afternoon. Burnett (4-1) allowed just five hits and one run. Signed again by Pittsburgh in November after spending last year with Philadelphia, he hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his nine starts this season and has won each of his last four outings. Saturday's gem dropped his ERA another hundredth of a point to 1.37 this season and marked just his sixth career win in 25 starts against the Mets -- his most common NL opponent.

Final Score: Atlanta 3, Milwaukee 2 (11 innings)

Atlanta, GA ( - Jace Peterson's two-out single in the 11th inning drove in the deciding run and lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers. Peterson's clutch hit off Brandon Kintzler (0-1) gave the Braves their second victory of this four-game series that concludes Sunday, while also earning Luis Avilan (2-0) a well- deserved win for 1 2/3 stellar innings of relief. Cameron Maybin and Freddie Freeman had RBI doubles earlier for Atlanta. Shelby Miller, fresh off a near no-hitter Sunday in Miami, allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five in six innings. Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Milwaukee, which also received a run-scoring single from Ryan Braun and two hits each from Carlos Gomez, Elian Herrera and Luis Sardinas.

Final Score: Miami 1, Baltimore 0 (13 innings)

Miami, FL ( - Dan Jennings caught the Orioles in a sticky situation and walked off with his first win as manager of the Marlins. Martin Prado's RBI hit in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted Miami to a 1-0 win over Baltimore on Saturday night, snapping the team's eight-game losing streak. It was the first win in six games under Jennings, the Marlins general manager who took over in the dugout after Mike Redmond was fired last Sunday. Prado's bases-loaded, two-out hit to the right-center field gap scored Adeiny Hechavarria after the Orioles intentionally walked slugger Giancarlo Stanton. It came against T.J. McFarland (0-1), who had entered the game with two outs in the 12th after Orioles reliever Brian Matusz became the second major league pitcher in three days to be ejected for having a foreign substance on his arm. Just like Will Smith, the Milwaukee Brewers reliever who was ejected from a game in Atlanta on Thursday night, umpires discovered a substance on Matusz's right forearm after being prompted by Jennings to check. Smith, who admitted he had rosin and sunscreen on his arm and had forgotten to wipe it off, was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball. It's common for pitchers to use a combination of rosin and sunscreen to get a better grip on the ball, but the practice is banned by MLB. Carter Capps (1-0) had six strikeouts in just three innings and gave up only one hit to earn the win at the back end of an impressive performance by the Miami bullpen.

Final Score: Kansas City 3, St. Louis 2 (6 innings)

Kansas City, MO ( - Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday in a game that was shortened to six innings because of inclement weather. Edinson Volquez (4-3) allowed two runs on four hits for Kansas City, winners in five straight including the first two games of this there-game interleague series. Volquez got through the top of the sixth inning before the game was called because of thunderstorms in the area. John Lackey (2-3) took the loss after yielding all three runs on six hits in five innings.

Final Score: Chicago 9, Arizona 6

Phoenix, AZ ( - Anthony Rizzo blasted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-6 on Saturday at Chase Field. Rizzo also hit a three-run double for the Cubs, who tied the game at 6-6 on Jorge Soler's two-out, two- run double in the eighth. Chicago ended a six-game losing streak to Arizona and won for the third time in its last four games. David Peralta had a bases- clearing double for the Diamondbacks, who blew a pair of two-run leads and had their season-high win streak snapped at five games.

Final Score: Los Angeles 2, San Diego 0

Los Angeles, CA ( - Mike Bolsinger fired eight innings of one-hit ball and the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Diego Padres 2-0 in the second of a three-game set. Yangervis Solarte's leadoff single to begin the game was the lone stain on Bolsinger's (3-0) impressive outing. He then induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Cory Spangenberg and didn't allow another batter to reach base. Bolsinger struck out eight. Joc Pederson, who was Friday's hero with a go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth inning, smacked a solo homer for the Dodgers, who have won the first two games of the series on the heels of a 2-6 stretch. Ian Kennedy (2-4) fanned six, but allowed two runs on six hits over six frames for San Diego, which has dropped seven of its last eight contests.

Final Score: San Francisco 10, Colorado 8 (Game 1) Final Score: Colorado 5, San Francisco 3 (Game 2)

Denver, CO ( - Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 to earn a split of Saturday's doubleheader at Coors Field. Brandon Barnes had two hits and knocked in a run for the Rockies, who fought back but came up short in the opener, losing 10-8. David Hale (1-0) was called up to make his season and Rockies debut in the nightcap and pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with no walks, helping Colorado end San Francisco's first eight-game win streak since September 2011. Gregor Blanco had two hits and scored a run for the Giants, but was thrown out trying to tag up from second to third on a flyout in the ninth. Yusmeiro Petit (1-1) made his first start of the season for the Giants following 13 relief appearances. He allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.

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