National League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, August 20)
Final Score: Washington 3, Arizona 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon's game- winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third test of a four-game set. The Nationals, who have won nine in a row, have tallied four walk-off wins in their last five days. Bryce Harper led off the ninth by lining a single to center off Evan Marshall (4-3). Wilson Ramos struck out, but Kevin Frandsen smoked a sharp one-hop grounder that darted just under the glove of a diving Aaron Hill at second to put runners at the corners with one out. Rendon then sent his roller past the left side of the infield to plate Harper. Rafael Soriano (3-1) notched the win after tossing a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gaby Sanchez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth helped the Pittsburgh Pirates snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Jordy Mercer opened the ninth with a single off David Carpenter (4-3). Following a pop out of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte reached on a fielding error by left fielder Justin Upton that put runners at second and third. Sanchez wasted no time getting Pittsburgh back in the win column, sending a high drive out to center on the first pitch he saw that easily scored Mercer from third. Mark Melancon (2-3) picked up the win for tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
Final Score: St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 3
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs and Jon Jay had another terrific night at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3, in the finale of a three-game set. Jay singled three times, scored twice and drove in a run to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Jay has driven in 12 runs during that stretch. He was also hit by a pitch for the seventh time in his last eight. Lance Lynn (14-8) was dominant on the hill, striking out five in seven innings of scoreless ball for the Cards, who completed a series sweep of Cincinnati at Busch Stadium for the first time since Sept. 26-28, 2008. The Cardinals also denied Reds starter Johnny Cueto (15-7) his major league-leading 16th win of the season and ended his five-start win streak. Cueto lost for the first time since July 2 after allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks in just five-plus innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 8, Chicago 3
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants became the first team to win a protest in 28 years earlier Wednesday. Their offense proceeded to pour it on the Chicago Cubs a bit later. Hunter Pence smacked a solo shot and scored another run, while Andrew Susac cracked his first-career Big League homer to lift the Giants to an 8-3 win over the Cubs. MLB stated Wednesday that Tuesday's rain-shortened loss to the Chicago Cubs, which was called following a 4-hour, 34-minute rain delay due to unplayable field conditions, is scheduled to be completed Thursday at Wrigley Field starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.
Final Score: San Diego 4, Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Stults pitched five effective innings against his former club and took care of business at the plate, as the San Diego Padres held off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1, in the second installment of a three-game series. The Padres scored three runs in the second inning to give Stults a lead, and the southpaw combined with three relievers to make it hold up. Consecutive walks with one out in the frame loaded the bases for Alexi Amarista, who singled in the game's first run. Stults then stepped in and lined a single to left. Jake Goebbert scored easily and Rymer Liriano came around on Scott Van Slyke's error out in left field. Stults (6-13) allowed a run on four hits while striking out five to improve to 3-0 in four starts this month. Blaine Boyer faced the minimum in two innings of relief, Dale Thayer worked the eighth and Kevin Quackenbush nailed down his first career save for a scoreless ninth. Roberto Hernandez (7-9) went five innings as well in his home debut for the Dodgers, absorbing the loss after allowing all four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits. Hernandez was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this month and made a pair of road starts with his new team.
Final Score: Texas 5, Miami 4
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Rios had two hits, drove in a pair and scored a run as the Texas Rangers held off the Miami Marlins, 5-4, to earn a split of a two-game interleague set on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Martinez (3-9) started for the Rangers and picked up the win in his hometown, surrendering just two runs on six hits in six innings. With his family in the stands, the right-hander struck out seven and walked two to win for the second time in three decisions. Leonys Martin added three hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who improved to just 6-12 in the month of August. Adrian Beltre chipped in with two hits and scored a run for Texas, which won for only the 15th time in 57 games since June 14. Marcel Ozuna had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in a run for the Marlins, who ended a nine-game homestand with a 6-3 mark.
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chase Utley singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth and the Philadelphia Phillies held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in the rubber match of a three-game set. Wil Nieves finished 3- for-4 with a double and a run scored and Jimmy Rollins scored twice as the Phillies picked up their first-ever series win against the Mariners. Cole Hamels (7-6) got the win for his five innings of work. He surrendered three runs and gave up nine hits while striking out four. Kendrys Morales hit a solo homer and Logan Morrison hit an RBI double for the Mariners, who have dropped three of five on the heels of a five-game winning streak. James Paxton (3-1) suffered his first big league loss after allowing four runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and two walks.
Final Score: Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Bautista hit a three-run home run and Colby Rasmus added a two-run blast as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-5, in the finale of a two-game interleague set. Jose Reyes added three hits, scored twice and drove in one for the Blue Jays, while Melky Cabrera posted a pair of hits, an RBI and crossed home twice. Edwin Encarnacion and Munenori Kawasaki also drove in a run each as Toronto earned a split. R.A. Dickey (10-12) gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but held on long enough for the win. Carlos Gomez slugged a two-run shot and scored twice for the Brewers, whose five-game win streak came to a halt. Ryan Braun, Mark Reynolds and Jean Segura added an RBI apiece in defeat. Jimmy Nelson (2-4) also worked 5 2/3 frames, but allowed nine runs and four hits in the loss.
Final Score: NY Mets 8, Oakland 5
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets roughed up Oakland's Jeff Samardzija in an 8-5 win at O.co Coliseum. Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Eric Campbell each had two hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler (9-8) won his sixth straight decision after allowing four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Samardzija (3-3) was victimized for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Oakland, which snapped its season-high five-game losing streak in Tuesday's opener of this two-game interleague set, trails the AL West-leading Angels by one game. The A's host their division rivals this weekend.
Final Score: Colorado 5, Kansas City 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt McBride's first career grand slam propelled the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a two-game set on Wednesday. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (13-8) won his sixth straight start at Coors Field after going eight strong innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (8-11) surrendered five runs -- one earned -- on five hits and struck out six over seven innings to snap a three-start winning streak. The Royals as a team had their seven-game interleague winning streak snapped as well as their three-game winning streak overall. They now lead Detroit by one game in the AL Central.
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