National League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Miami 1
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Gattis' pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Wednesday. Gattis, hitting for center fielder Jordan Schafer, lined a 1-1 offering from reliever A.J. Ramos down the left field line to score Ramiro Pena and Dan Uggla with the go-ahead runs and help the Braves take two of three from the Marlins. It was Gattis' second game-winning hit in the series. Jason Heyward finished with two of the seven hits for the Braves, who won four of their last six overall. Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an eighth-inning bunt single, as the Marlins failed to follow-up a three-game sweep of the Mariners over the weekend with another series win. Atlanta starting pitcher Aaron Harang pitched into the seventh inning, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out a season-high 11 and walked just one as his ERA increased to 0.85 for the season.
Final Score: Arizona 7, Chicago 5
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Hill capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally with a two-run triple, to help Arizona claim a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the third edition of a four-game series. Martin Prado contributed a two-run single and Miguel Montero added an RBI hit during the deciding frame for the Diamondbacks, who halted a four-game slide that included the first two games in this series. Trevor Cahill (1-4) turned in two innings of scoreless relief for the win, while Addison Reed followed suit in the ninth to close out the contest and earn his fourth save. Justin Ruggiano's two-run shot in the sixth provided a seemingly-safe three- run cushion for the Cubs, who failed to thrill the home crowd on Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration. Pedro Strop (0-2) was on the hook for four runs, but one earned, while recording only two outs in defeat.
Final Score: San Francisco 12, Colorado 10 (11 innings)
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Five home runs weren't enough for the San Francisco Giants. The sixth one did the trick. Hector Sanchez's grand slam in the 11th inning gave the Giants the lead, and they held on for a 12-10 win Wednesday over the Colorado Rockies to finish a three-game series. It was Sanchez's first career grand slam and first multi-home run game. He also hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the Giants an 8-7 lead but the Rockies tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning. His go-ahead blast came at the end of a 10-pitch at-bat and after Chad Bettis (0-1) intentionally walked Joaquin Arias with first base open. Sanchez sent a 3-2 fastball well over the wall in right-center field. Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer off Sergio Romo in the bottom of the 11th, but the Giants closer escaped a one-out jam after walking Drew Stubbs by getting Brandon Barnes to hit into a double play. The Giants salvaged a win in the series after dropping the first two games and went 2-4 on a six-game road trip. The teams combined to hit nine home runs. Michael Morse also hit two for the Giants and Brandon Belt and Brandon Hicks added one each. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon homered for the Rockies, who lost for just the second time in their last seven games.
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alfredo Simon continued his solid start to the season with a fourth straight quality start, and the Cincinnati Reds downed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, in the third installment of a four-game series at PNC Park. Simon (3-1) held the Pirates to two runs despite allowing four hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Reds, who have won three of their last four. Pittsburgh brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but after Zack Cozart made an over- the-shoulder catch in short center for the second out, Jonathan Broxton got Andrew McCutchen on a groundout to secure his third save. McCutchen hit a solo home run for the third time in as many days, but the Pirates still fell to 3-10 over their last 13 games. Charlie Morton (0-3) remained winless on the young season after yielding four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and five walks over six frames.
Final Score: New York 3, St. Louis 2
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts over four innings, but he also issued five walks -- two of them with the bases loaded -- in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets. It was a wacky Wednesday night for Wacha (2-2), whose first nine outs of the game came via strikeout. The right-hander walked home two runs in the fourth, however, to put the Cardinals behind. Wacha exited after 93 pitches and set a career low for innings pitched in a start. Lucas Duda hit a solo homer for the Mets, who saw starter Jon Niese (1-2) give up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, San Diego 2
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jean Segura's three-run homer in the second inning powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in the rubber match of a three-game set. Khris Davis also homered while Ryan Braun supplied two hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who have won five of their last six. Kyle Lohse (4-1) won his fourth straight start, allowing only two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with five strikeouts across seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez struck out two in a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save of the season. Seth Smith and Nick Hundley each drove in a run for San Diego, which has dropped three of its last four. Starter Tyson Ross (2-3) was reached for five runs on nine hits over six innings in defeat.
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Philadelphia 2
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Greinke tossed seven-plus brilliant innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the third installment of a four-game set. Greinke (4-0) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out 11 to remain unbeaten through five outings. Yasiel Puig was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer and Juan Uribe added an RBI for the Dodgers, who had dropped the first two tilts of this series. Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in the win. Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save of the season. Ryan Howard drove in a run and Jayson Nix smacked a solo homer for the Phillies, who had a season-high three-game winning streak snapped. Phillies lefty Cole Hamels (0-1) made his season debut after missing time with biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm. The 2008 World Series MVP appeared sharp in his return, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings. Hamels struck out five and walked one in the setback.
Final Score: Washington 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 4
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam LaRoche's RBI single brought home Jayson Werth with the winning run, capping a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth which lifted Washington over the Angels by a 5-4 count in the finale of a three-game interleague set. In the ninth, the Halos picked up another insurance run as Raul Ibanez reached on a LaRoche error, advanced on a wild pitch and scored after a walk to Collin Cowgill thanks to Mike Trout's RBI single off Drew Storen (2-0). Jose Lobaton greeted Ernesto Frieri (0-2) with his first homer of the season to cut the Nats' deficit to 4-2. Denard Span hit a one-out single and Anthony Rendon drew a walk, then Werth plated both with a double to tie the game prior to LaRoche's hit to left field. LaRoche finished with three hits for the Nationals, who fended off a clean sweep. Gio Gonzalez worked five-plus innings, giving up two runs on four hits and knocked in the other run.
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