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National League Game Capsules
(Wednesday, August 27)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Locke allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings and added a pair of base hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, at PNC Park. Locke (6-3) scattered six hits, struck out three and walked one on the mound, improving to 4-0 in his last five starts. Ike Davis added a mammoth two-run homer for the Pirates, who won the final two tests of this three-game set to draw closer to the NL Wild Card- leading Cardinals. Russell Martin added two hits and Andrew McCutchen drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which drew within 2 1/2 games of the Cardinals and also inched closer to the San Francisco Giants, the leader for the second wild card. St. Louis starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (15-9) was tagged with the loss, failing for a second straight start to become the first pitcher to 16 wins in the majors this season. The right-hander was charged with three runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking one, over six frames. Matt Holliday homered and Daniel Descalso had a pair of hits to lead the Cardinals, who have dropped four of six.

Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Washington 4

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Grady Sizemore and Marlon Byrd each hit two-run homers to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with an 8-4 win on Wednesday. The Phillies took the lead with a three-run rally in the sixth inning sparked by Byrd's leadoff single against Washington starter Doug Fister. Philadelphia's bullpen shut the door over the final three innings in relief of starter Kyle Kendrick. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman each tossed a perfect frame to set up Ken Giles, who stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to send Philadelphia to its fourth straight win. The Phillies honored the Taney Dragons before the game for their run to the Little League World Series.

Final Score: Atlanta 3, New York 2

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Julio Teheran pitched well into the seventh inning, Andrelton Simmons made at least one game-saving defensive play and the Atlanta Braves held on to beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak. Simmons prevented the tying run from scoring when he gunned down Travis d'Arnaud from shallow left field to end the eighth inning after chasing down a ground ball in the hole. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel put the first two runners on base in the ninth but got three straight outs to preserve the win and earn his 39th save. The Braves never trailed after Jason Heyward led off the game with a home run and bounced back from a 3-2 loss in the three-game series opener on Tuesday. Simmons also made two good defensive plays in the seventh inning backing up third baseman Phil Gosselin. Wilmer Flores homered for the Mets, who played without injured stars David Wright (neck spasms) and Daniel Murphy (calf) for the second game in a row.

Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 5

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Mat Latos pitched into the eighth inning and Skip Schumaker drove in two runs in Cincinnati's 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first career plate appearance, and his RBI single capped a three-run top of the eighth to get the visitors within a run, but pinch-hitter Chris Heisey homered off Zac Rosscup leading off the bottom of the inning. Latos (5-3) had a season-best 10 strikeouts over seven-plus frames and was charged with seven hits and four runs. He's 3-0 over his last six starts and hasn't lost since July 27 against Washington. The Reds have won three of four since a seven-game skid. Jacob Turner (4-8), who was acquired from Miami on Aug. 8 for a pair of minor league pitchers, suffered the loss in his first start in a Cubs uniform. Luis Valbuena also homered for the Cubs, who had a four-game winning streak broken.

Final Score: San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2 (10 innings)

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rene Rivera hit a solo homer in the ninth to tie the game, then hit an RBI single in the 10th to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Rivera led off the ninth with a home run off Francisco Rodriguez, making it 2-2. Milwaukee sent Zach Duke (4-1) to the mound in the bottom of the 10th. Seth Smith walked and Yasmani Grandal singled. Smith was thrown out at third when Cameron Maybin bunted into a fielder's choice. After pinch-hitter Rymer Liriano lined out, Rivera singled up the middle to plate the winning run.

Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Arizona 1

Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors this season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to sweep a two-game series. Scott Van Slyke belted a solo homer, but left the game in the fourth inning with a mild right ankle sprain. Matt Kemp stroked a two-run double for the NL West leaders, who have won five of their last six games. Kershaw (16-3) fanned 10 and allowed six hits and an unearned run. His ERA dropped to a major league-best 1.73. The lefty is 9-1 in 11 starts against NL West clubs, and that includes wins in his last eight starts. Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 38th save. Wade Miley (7-10) gave up seven hits and three runs to lose his third straight decision. Miley walked four and struck out six over six innings. The Diamondbacks suffered their third straight defeat and fell to 2-9 over their last 11 games.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Miami 1

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Gordon Beckham also homered among his two hits, drove in two and scored twice for the AL West leaders. Los Angeles holds a one-game lead over Oakland with a pivotal four-game series starting between the two clubs in Anaheim on Thursday. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton each knocked in a run for the Angels, who have won three of four. Hector Santiago (4-7) grabbed the win after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Henderson Alvarez (10-6) took the loss, yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Miami has dropped five of its last seven.

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 2

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Buster Posey belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to catapult the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Tim Hudson followed Madison Bumgarner's gem by throwing eight solid innings for the Giants, but Santiago Casilla (2-3) gave up Justin Morneau's tying RBI double in the ninth. In the bottom portion, Angel Pagan singled to left off Juan Nicasio (5-6). Hunter Pence struck out swinging on a high pitch for the second out, but Posey homered to left field on an 0-1 pitch to send the Giants to victory. It was Posey's fifth homer in his last seven games. It was also the 1,600th win in the career for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who passed Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda for sole possession of 19th place on the all-time list. Hudson fanned eight and gave up four hits, including a fifth-inning homer to Corey Dickerson. The splash into McCovey Cove happened to be Colorado's first hit of the night.

08/28 01:31:31 ET

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