National League Game Capsules
(Friday, July 11)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Atlanta 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Ruggiano's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series. After scoring the tying run in the top of the ninth, the Braves sent Jordan Walden (0-1) to the mound in the bottom half. The right-hander recorded two quick outs before giving up a single to Arismendy Alcantara, who stole second and crossed the plate on Ruggiano's hit to left. Hector Rondon (2-3) got the win despite giving up one run on two hits in the ninth. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks over 7 2/3 innings. Ruggiano ended with two RBI for the Cubs, who have won two in a row since a six-game skid.
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Washington 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A.J. Burnett pitched into the eighth inning, Jimmy Rollins belted two homers and the Philadelphia Phillies stayed hot by beating the Washington Nationals, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Burnett (6-8) was charged for two runs on five hits and walked four with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Domonic Brown added a two-run double for the Phillies, who returned home after sweeping four games at NL Central-leading Milwaukee. They matched a season best with their fifth straight win. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) exited in the fourth inning with a right bicep cramp.
Final Score: New York 7, Miami 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Wheeler continued his stellar pitching against the Miami Marlins to help his New York Mets to a 7-1 win in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field. Wheeler (5-8), who entered the game with a 0.96 ERA in four career starts against Miami, allowed just one run on five hits with six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. In his last outing against the Marlins on June 19, Wheeler hurled his first career complete game, limiting his opposition to three hits in a 1-0 win. David Wright went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored for New York, which has won five of its last six. Lucas Duda also homered and Juan Lagares added a pair of hits with an RBI in the win. Miami starter Hector Alvarez (6-4) has also had success against his NL East rival, however, that wasn't the case in this matchup. Alvarez was charged with six runs on eight hits over five innings of work.
Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Pittsburgh 5
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena singled in Chris Heisey to cap a three-run eighth inning, lifting the injury-riddled Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Devin Mesoraco belted a two-out solo homer to left off Tony Watson in the eighth. Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey singled before Ramon Santiago tied the game with his third hit of the night, an RBI base hit to center. Pena was nearly retired, but his foul ball on the right side went just past the tarp and caromed off the side wall. The next pitch from Watson (5-1) was lined into right-center field. Reds starter Mat Latos departed after five innings due to lower back spasms. Latos surrendered three hits and four runs, three of which were earned. Aroldis Chapman set an all-time major league record with at least one strikeout in each of his last 40 appearances, surpassing the mark set by Bruce Sutter for the Chicago Cubs in 1977. Chapman struck out the side, breezing a 103 mph fastball by a swinging pinch-hitter Matt Hague to end the game. Chapman nailed down his 20th save and Cincinnati's sixth win in seven games. Curtis Partch (1-0) walked the bases full in the eighth, but escaped the jam by fanning pinch-hitter Ike Davis and picked up his first big league victory. Pedro Alvarez belted a three-run shot and Andrew McCutchen added a solo blast in the fourth inning for the Pirates, losers in four of their last five games.
Final Score: St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday hit a two-out, solo home run in the top of the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park. The Cardinals erased a six-run deficit and grabbed the lead on Holliday's third extra-base hit of the game. Holliday, who also had two doubles, drove the first pitch he saw from Francisco Rodriguez (3-3) to left field. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 28th save of the season. Pat Neshek (4-0) picked up the win after recording the final out in the seventh with men on the corners and tossing a scoreless eighth. St. Louis closed to within a game of the NL Central-leading Brewers, who suffered a season-worst sixth straight loss. Milwaukee has dropped 10 of its last 11 overall.
Final Score: Colorado 6, Minnesota 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings and the Rockies got two-run homers from Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki to beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, to open a three-game series. Pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes added a solo blast for Colorado, which has won three in a row. De La Rosa (10-6) scattered six hits and allowed a run to win his fourth consecutive start. Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau finished 0-for-4 in his first game against his former team. Morneau played in Minnesota for 10- plus seasons from 2003-13, winning AL MVP in 2006. Eduardo Nunez knocked in both runs for the Twins, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Kris Johnson (0-1) was charged with eight hits and five runs over four-plus innings.
Final Score: San Diego 6, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jesse Hahn pitched six strong innings and Carlos Quentin knocked in three runs in San Diego's 6-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alexi Amarista smacked a two-run homer for the Padres, who snapped a three-game slide. Will Venable had three hits and scored a run. Hahn (5-2) gave up three hits and a run with four walks and six strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander bounced back from Sunday's loss versus the Giants. Dan Haren (8-6) surrendered six hits and four runs across four-plus frames to drop his second consecutive start. Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, but the Dodgers lost for the third time in four tries and dropped into a virtual tie for first place with San Francisco for first place in the NL West. The Giants blanked Arizona, 5-0, Friday.
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Arizona 0
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Lincecum's terrific stretch continued on Friday, as he tossed seven scoreless innings and guided the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game set. Lincecum (9-5) yielded just three hits and walked two with six strikeouts to win his fourth straight start. The stretch started with his second career no-hitter on June 25 against the Padres. The two-time Cy Young award winner has surrendered just one run on 10 hits over his last four outings in 30 1/3 innings. Juan Gutierrez pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Jeremy Affeldt finished the ninth. Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in for the Giants, winners in two of three. Arizona starter Mike Bolsinger (1-6) was roughed up for all five runs on eight hits over five innings of work. Martin Prado extended his season-high hit streak to 10 games with a second-inning double.
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