National League Game Capsules
(Sunday, September 21)
Final Score: Washington 2, Miami 1
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals certainly seem ready for the postseason. Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings for the NL East champs in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Miami to complete the franchise's first four-game sweep of the Marlins. The Nationals broke a scoreless tie with three extra-base hits in the fifth. After Jose Lobaton led off the frame with a double, Nate Schierholtz tripled into the right- field gap and scored on Anthony Rendon's two-bagger down the left-field line. That's all Strasburg (13-11) needed. The hard-throwing righty retired 13 straight at one point and only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five in his outing.
Final Score: New York 10, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Recker was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves, 10-2, to sweep a three-game set. Ruben Tejada smacked a solo homer among his two hits and two RBI for the Mets, who had dropped four of five coming into the series. Jacob deGrom (9-6) struck out 10 and allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and three walks over six innings to notch the win. Ervin Santana (14-10) surrendered five runs on six hits and two walks over five frames for Atlanta, which has lost eight of its last nine contests and was eliminated from playoff contention with Pittsburgh's 1-0 win over Milwaukee. The Mets raced out to a 5-0 lead after plating a run in each of the first two innings before adding three more in the fourth.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Milwaukee 0
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - It was Russell Martin again. Martin stroked an RBI single in the seventh inning to back a strong start by Vance Worley and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 on Sunday to win their key three-game series. Martin's hit scored Andrew McCutchen and came two days after he hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning of Friday's series opener. The Pirates took two of three games in the set, extending their lead to 4 1/2 games over Milwaukee for the NL wild card and pulling into a tie with San Francisco for the top wild-card spot. Pittsburgh cut into the NL Central deficit as well with St. Louis' loss on Sunday, pulling to within 2 1/2 games of the Cardinals for the division lead. St. Louis clinched at least a wild-card spot with Milwaukee's loss.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Chicago 5
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kemp homered and drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs, 8-5, in the finale of a four- game series. Kemp finished with four hits to lead Los Angeles, which took three of four in this series to finish a 10-game road trip at 6-4. Yasiel Puig scored four runs. Jamey Wright was lifted after allowing a run on three hits and two walks in two innings. Carlos Frias pitched the next three innings and gave up three runs, and Chris Perez (1-3) struck out two in 1 1/3 innings of relief to pick up his first win of the season. Chicago starter Jacob Turner (5-11) was roughed up for five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits in five innings of work. Welington Castillo homered in the setback.
Final Score: Colorado 8, Arizona 3
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Rafael Ynoa drove in three runs as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-3 victory on Sunday. Brandon Barnes and Ynoa both hit two-run doubles, Wilin Rosario scored three times and Michael Cuddyer homered in his third straight game for Colorado, which won its sixth consecutive game and swept Arizona for the first time in a four-game series. Christian Bergman (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in the win. Mark Trumbo homered twice and Wade Miley (8-12) was tagged for six runs, eight hits and four walks across 4 1/3 frames for the Diamondbacks, who lost their sixth straight game.
Final Score: San Diego 8, San Francisco 2
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yasmani Grandal knocked in three runs, Ian Kennedy turned in 6 2/3 solid innings, and the San Diego Padres pinned yet another potentially damaging loss on the San Francisco Giants with an 8-2 decision. Rene Rivera and Cameron Maybin each had two RBI to help San Diego sweep the three-game weekend set and place the slumping Giants in a tie with Pittsburgh for the National League's top Wild Card. San Francisco, which has now dropped six of eight, is now 4 1/2 back of division-leading Los Angeles heading into a key three-game series at the Dodgers. Kennedy (12-13) yielded just five hits and a walk, with the Giants' lone two runs coming on a homer by Chris Dominguez -- his first major league hit -- in the seventh inning. Ryan Vogelsong (8-12) fanned five over five-plus innings for San Francisco, but was tagged for four runs -- two earned.
Final Score: Cincinnati 7, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Bruce homered twice and knocked in three runs to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set. Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run home run and Todd Frazier also homered for the Reds, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Alfredo Simon (15-10) earned the win after going six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. St. Louis, which clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth earlier in the day via Milwaukee's loss to Pittsburgh, leads the Pirates by 2 1/2 games in the NL Central. Lance Lynn (15-10) took the loss after he yielded three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts over six innings. Xavier Scruggs and Randal Grichuk each knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who had won four straight and seven of eight overall.
Final Score: Oakland 8, Philadelphia 6 (10 innings)
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Donaldson's two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning sent Oakland to an 8-6 win over Philadelphia in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set. Nate Freiman reached with a one-out single against Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (0-1) and Donaldson then powered a pitch over the wall just to the left of center to end the contest. Sean Doolittle (2-4) struck out four over two perfect relief innings. Geovany Soto drove in three runs, while Adam Dunn, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick added an RBI apiece for the Athletics, who maintained a half-game lead on Kansas City for the top wild card spot in the American League. Scott Kazmir was lit up for six runs on 11 hits despite nine strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Marlon Byrd doubled twice and knocked in three for the Phillies, with Ben Revere, Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis adding an RBI each. A.J. Burnett departed after 4 1/3 frames, charged with six runs on three hits with six walks.
09/21 23:32:13 ET