National League Game Capsules
(Friday, May 17th)
Final Score: New York 3, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Matt Harvey drove the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and pitched 7 1/3 solid frames as the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series. With one on and two out in the top of the seventh, Harvey singled to left and brought Rick Ankiel home to break a 2-2 tie. Harvey (5-0) had six strikeouts and allowed two runs on five hits in his outing. Bobby Parnell pitched a flawless ninth to notch his fifth save. David Wright and Daniel Murphy each hit solo home runs for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win in St. Louis on Thursday. Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (1-6) gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI and Anthony Rizzo scored on a throwing error by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Paredes was charged with an error that allowed the winning run to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates slipped past the Houston Astros, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game interleague set at PNC Park. With Houston's Edgar Gonzalez (0-1) on the hill and two down and the bases loaded, Russell Martin popped up the right-hander's 2-2 offering into right field, where Paredes and second baseman Jake Elmore bumped into each other. The ball fell to the ground and Travis Snider easily crossed home plate. Hector Ambriz blew the save for the Astros in the eighth, issuing a two-run homer to Pedro Alvarez which tied the game. Andrew McCutchen was a triple shy of the cycle, finishing with three hits for Pittsburgh, winners of four straight and seven of eight overall. Justin Wilson (4-0) picked up the win after working around a walk in the top of the ninth. Matt Dominguez hit a two-run home run for the Astros, losers in seven of their last eight.
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Domonic Brown recorded the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game series. Jimmy Rollins belted a two-run homer for the Phillies, who won for the fourth time in five games. They also snapped Cincinnati's six-game winning streak. Cliff Lee gave up six hits, two runs and fanned seven over the first seven innings for the Phillies. Antonio Bastardo surrendered the tying homer to Joey Votto leading off the eighth before the home team rallied. Jay Bruce smacked a two-run homer for the Reds. Tony Cingrani, making his sixth career start, gave up five hits and three runs in five innings.
Final Score: Arizona 9, Miami 2
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with a pair of two- run homers, as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Miami Marlins, 9-2, in the opener of a three-game series. Eric Chavez and Cody Ross drove in two runs apiece, with Chavez knocking a solo shot, and Martin Prado had an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight. Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (3-4) allowed just one run on five hits and four walks over eight frames. Rob Brantly and Placido Polanco each drove in one run for the Marlins, who are on a six-game losing streak. Starter Kevin Slowey (1-4) lasted three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits.
Final Score: Atlanta 8, Los Angeles 5
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Justin Upton's been used to strolling around the bases by himself this season. On Friday, his teammates joined and jogged along with him. Upton smacked a no-doubt, go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set. Eleven of Upton's 14 homers this year have come via the solo variety. He also added an RBI groundout. Jason Heyward, who had been sidelined since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on April 22 in Denver, returned to the Braves' lineup and tallied two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Atlanta, which had dropped five of its previous six contests. The 23-year-old Heyward came into the tilt hitting just .121 with two home runs and five RBI in 17 games. Paul Maholm (5-4) surrendered four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and a walk in six innings, while Craig Kimbrel notched his 12th save after working around a leadoff single in the ninth. Scott Van Slyke smacked a pair of solo shots for the Dodgers, who had won four of their last five games coming in.
Final Score: St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Freese hit a grand slam as part of a five-run first inning, while Matt Holliday's RBI single in the fourth proved to be the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Holliday scored a run and added another RBI single and Jon Jay drove in one run for the Cardinals, winners in four of their last five. Jaime Garcia (5-2) picked up the win, though he allowed six runs on six hits over 5 1/3 frames. Aramis Ramirez accounted for all of Milwaukee's offense on a pair of three-run homers. Wily Peralta (3-4) gave up all seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits and struck out six over five innings for the Brewers, who have dropped four straight and are a mere 8-22 over their last 30 games versus St. Louis.
Final Score: Colorado 10, San Francisco 9
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jordan Pacheco's first homer of the year resulted in his first career grand slam, and it helped the Rockies snap a 10- game skid against the San Francisco Giants. Pacheco's blast broke a tie in the fifth inning and carried Colorado to a 10-9 win at Coors Field in the second portion of a four-game series. The Giants rallied from a six-run deficit Thursday for an 8-6 win and nearly came back again Friday night. Buster Posey's solo homer in the eighth inning brought the Giants within a run, but Rafael Betancourt struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 10th save of the year. Pacheco drove in five runs and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies. Jorge De La Rosa (5-3) allowed nine hits and five runs over five innings for Colorado, while Madison Bumgarner (4-2) yielded eight hits and nine runs -- seven earned -- in 4 2/3 frames for the Giants. Bumgarner had a six-game winning streak against the Rockies broken. Pablo Sandoval went 3- for-5 with a pair of RBI in the loss, while Marco Scutaro also had three hits and drove in a run.
Final Score: Washington 6, San Diego 5 (10 innings)
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Chad Tracy hit a pinch-hit, two-out solo homer in the top of the 10th inning to propel the Washington Nationals past the San Diego Padres, 6-5, Friday in the second installment of a four-game series at Petco Park. Tracy, who last hit a home run on May 14th, 2012 against the Padres, smacked a solo shot off Huston Street (0-3) following a two-run, two-out rally from San Diego in the bottom of the ninth which sent the game to extras. Adam LaRoche recorded his 21st career multi-homer game and finished with four RBI and Ryan Zimmerman added a solo shot in the victory. LaRoche, who homered in his third straight game, also extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Nationals, meanwhile, have won seven of their last eight in San Diego. Rafael Soriano picked up the win, despite blowing the save in the ninth and allowing two runs -- both of which were unearned -- on three hits. Drew Storen worked around two singles in the 10th the secure his first save of the season.
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