National League Game Capsules
(Sunday, May 19th)
Final Score: Miami 2, Arizona 1
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ricky Nolasco dazzled Arizona hitters over eight- plus innings to lead the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks to avoid a three-game series sweep. Nolasco (3-5) gave up one run on five hits while striking out a season-high 11 batters to snap a three-start losing streak. Mike Dunn got out of a bases- loaded jam in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. Marcell Ozuna hits a two-run double and Derek Dietrich and Adieny Hechavarria each scored a run for the Marlins, who had dropped seven straight games. Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a double and scored a run and Jason Kubel added an RBI single for the D'backs, who had won four straight games entering the contest. Wade Miley (3-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up both runs on five hits while striking out six over six innings.
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Los Angeles 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves had a four-run rally in the eighth inning and swept a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-2 win on Sunday. With the bases loaded and the Braves trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Gerald Laird singled to score Freddie Freeman. Ramiro Pena then hit a sacrifice fly, plating B.J. Upton. Chris Johnson's single scored Andrelton Simmons and Jordan Schafer's sac fly brought Laird home. Schafer had two RBI for the Braves, who saw starter Mike Minor allow two runs on three hits in six innings. Luis Avilan (2-0) pitched a flawless eighth to earn the win and Craig Kimbrel earned his 14th save with a scoreless ninth. Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who mustered just three hits. Starter Matt Magill allowed just one unearned run on four hits and three walks over five frames.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis each homered off of Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Homer Bailey baffled Philadelphia hitters with seven scoreless innings, but had his effort ruined after Kratz, who took over at catcher when Carlos Ruiz left in the third inning with an apparent hamstring injury, took Chapman (3-2) deep to left on a 3-2 count to tie the score. The next man up was Galvis, who also sent a Chapman offering over the fence in left to lift the Phillies to a series victory and fifth win in seven tries overall. Bailey, who gave up five hits and a walk, hurled a gem against the Phils earlier this year as well, when he struck out 10 and yielded just two hits in eight innings in a 1-0 Reds' victory on Apr. 16. Antonio Bastardo (2-1) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth in relief of rookie Jonathan Pettibone, who allowed two runs -- one earned -- in seven strong innings.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals used a four-run fourth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Yadier Molina, Jon Jay, David Freese and Pete Kozma all knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who finished 7-3 in concluding a 10-game homestand. John Gast (2-0), making his second big league start, allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings for St. Louis. Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeff Bianchi each had an RBI for the Brewers, who went 2-8 on a 10-game road trip. Kyle Lohse (1-5) got the start for Milwaukee and gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings against his former team. The right- hander enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career last year with the Cardinals, as he posted a 16-3 mark to go along with a 2.86 ERA.
Final Score: New York 4, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the eighth inning as the New York Mets edged the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field. Chicago led 3-1 heading into the seventh before Juan Lagares tied the game with his first career major league homer, a two-run shot off Cubs starter Travis Wood, tying the game at 3-3. Murphy hit the eventual game-winner to open up the eighth off of Kyuji Fujikawa (1-1). Scott Rice (2-3) earned the win following two scoreless innings of relief, while Bobby Parnell picked up his sixth save of the season in the ninth. The Mets have won three of four. Wood lasted seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He also provided a two-run homer and Ryan Sweeney hit a solo shot for the Cubs, who were looking for their first winning homestand since July 13-19 of last season.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Houston 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff Locke fired seven shutout innings to outduel Lucas Harrell, while Pedro Alvarez's solo homer provided the only scoring in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros at PNC Park. Locke (4-1) yielded just three hits and two walks while striking out four to record his fourth straight winning decision. The young lefty hasn't lost in eight starts since dropping his season debut at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Apr. 7. Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli tossed a scoreless inning each to finish off the shutout, with Grilli notching his MLB-leading 17th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Harrell (3-5) held Pittsburgh to four hits and a walk while recording 13 outs on the ground over seven innings, but was dealt a hard-luck defeat when Alvarez connected on his eighth homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth. The blast staked the Pirates to their eighth win in 10 outings after taking the rubber match of this three-game set. Harrell also had one of a mere three hits for Houston, which has now lost eight of 10.
Final Score: Colorado 5, San Francisco 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Juan Nicasio tossed six scoreless innings as the Colorado Rockies blanked the San Francisco Giants, 5-0, in the finale of a four-game set from Coors Field. Nicasio (4-1) was spotted an early lead when Carlos Gonzalez singled home Eric Young Jr., who singled and stole second to start the bottom of the first. The young Colorado pitcher fanned five and gave up just three hits to give the Rockies their third win over their division rival of the series. Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki contributed two RBI apiece while Dexter Fowler had a season-best four hits -- all singles -- to go with two runs scored. Fowler finished the series with 10 hits and seven runs. Barry Zito (3-3) surrendered all five runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings for his second straight loss.
Final Score: San Diego 13, Washington 4
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable, Kyle Blanks and Yonder Alonso all hit homers and drove in two runs apiece as the San Diego Padres outslugged the Washington Nationals, 13-4, in the finale of a four-game set at Petco Park. Everth Cabrera collected two hits and two RBI, Alonso scored three runs and had three hits and Jedd Gyorko also drove in two for the Padres, who finished with 15 hits. Starter Andrew Cashner (3-2) cruised over 6 2/3 frames, allowing three runs on seven hits while fanning six for San Diego, which has won four of its last six. Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and had three RBI and Adam LaRoche added an RBI single for the Nationals, who have dropped six of their last nine. Dan Haren (4-5) picked up the loss after yielding seven runs on nine hits over five innings.
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