National League Game Capsules
(Sunday, August 31)
Final Score: New York 6, Philadelphia 5
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Recker delivered a key three-run homer and the New York Mets held off the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday. Wilmer Flores collected three hits while David Wright, Matt den Dekker and Dilson Herrera each had an RBI for the Mets. New York grabbed the season series over its I-95 rival, taking 13-of-19 meetings. The Mets haven't beaten the Phillies at least 13 times in one season since 1987. Dillon Gee (6-6) hurled six innings for the Mets, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. A.J. Burnett (7-15) tied his career high for losses in a season. The right-hander was charged with five runs on nine hits while striking out eight through six innings of work. Domonic Brown had the first four-hit game of his career, finishing a triple shy of the cycle in the setback. Ryan Howard homered and knocked in two runs and Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Final Score: Cincinnati 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Heisey homered twice, including a go-ahead solo blast in the ninth inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Johnny Cueto pitched eight strong innings and Heisey also had a tying two-run shot in the fifth for the Reds, who avoided being swept in the three-game series. Cueto (16-8) became the second pitcher with 16 wins this season after Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. He surrendered a home run to Josh Harrison on his first pitch but settled down to snap a two-start losing streak, striking out six, walking one and allowing nine hits. Jordy Mercer also hit a solo homer for the playoff- hopeful Pirates, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: St. Louis 9, Chicago 6
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday capped a remarkable two-day stretch with a game-winning single in the eighth inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the Chicago Cubs, 9-6, to win the finale of a four-game series. St. Louis, which trailed 5-0 early on, tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and went ahead in the eighth. Pete Kozma, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game, doubled to left-center to start things off. Daniel Descalso reached on a bunt single and Matt Carpenter was walked intentionally to load the bases. Carlos Villanueva (5-7) fanned Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk, but Holliday ripped a grounder that deflected off the pitcher's leg and into left field. Two runs came around while the Cubs scrambled to get the ball back in. Jhonny Peralta then hit an RBI single to left to make it 9-6. Holliday went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored for the Cardinals, who have won two straight after dropping four in a row. Holliday homered twice and drove in five in Saturday's rout. John Lackey pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs -- two earned -- on nine hits for the Cardinals. Pat Neshek (7-1) pitched out of a jam in the eighth to earn the win and Trevor Rosenthal took care of the ninth for his 40th save.
Final Score: San Francisco 15, Milwaukee 5
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hunter Pence finished with four hits, three runs scored and two RBI as the San Francisco Giants completed a three- game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a commanding 15-5 victory on Sunday. Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer among his three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times. Andrew Susac also brought in three runs with three hits for San Francisco, which won its sixth straight game and swept Milwaukee at AT&T Park for the first time since Aug. 24-26, 2007. Madison Bumgarner (16-9) allowed just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts across six innings for his third straight win. Ryan Braun and Martin Maldonado each hit solo home runs and for the Brewers, who have lost five straight games. Starter Kyle Lohse (12-8) was tagged with the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Arizona 6, Colorado 2
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Hill went 3-for-4, finishing a homer shy of the cycle, with two RBI and two runs scored as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies, 6-2, in the rubber match of a three-game set. Nolan Reimold hit his first homer as a member of the D-backs, while Mark Trumbo and Jordan Pacheco each knocked in a run. Chase Anderson (8-6) got the win after tossing six innings of one-run ball with a career high-tying eight strikeouts. Jorge De La Rosa (13-10) took the loss, yielding four runs on seven hits over six-plus innings of work. Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run and Charlie Culberson added a sacrifice fly in the ninth to account for Colorado's offense.
Final Score: Los Angeles 7, San Diego 1
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hyun-Jin Ryu came back to pitch seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez had four hits for the first time this season and the Los Angeles Dodgers rolled to a 7-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. The Dodgers banged out 12 hits to avoid being swept by the Padres in San Diego for the first time in almost four years. The Padres had won each of their last three games with walk-off hits in extra innings. The Dodgers scored five runs in the last two innings Sunday to end that run and San Diego's four-game winning streak. Juan Uribe came off the 15-day disabled list and had two hits and two RBI for NL West- leading LA after missing 12 games with a right hamstring strain. Ryu (14-6) also returned from an injury -- a right hip strain -- and threw seven innings for the win in his first start since Aug. 13. He struck out seven, walked none and gave up four hits and a run. Eric Stults (6-15) took the loss after surrendering two runs on five hits in six innings.
Final Score: Atlanta 1, Miami 0
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Wood tossed eight scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series. Wood (10-10) matched a career high with 12 strikeouts while giving up just five hits and no walks. Evan Gattis' homer provided the game's lone run and Phil Gosselin had three hits for the Braves, who have won four of their last five. Donovan Solano had two of Miami's six hits and starter Nathan Eovaldi (6-10) lost his fourth start in a row after allowing nine hits and the lone run with six strikeouts over 6 2/3 frames.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Washington 3
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dustin Ackley smacked a three-run homer and drove in four as the Seattle Mariners topped the Washington Nationals, 5-3, to salvage a three-game set. Hisashi Iwakuma (13-6) allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts over six innings for Seattle, which snapped a three-game slide. Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the triumph. Fernando Rodney tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 39th save of the year. Bryce Harper cracked two solo shots, with Nate Schierholtz also going deep for the Nationals, who have dropped four of their last six games. Tanner Roark (12-9) surrendered four runs on 11 hits over 6 1/3 frames to garner the loss.
08/31 20:18:18 ET