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National League Game Capsules(Tuesday, August 19)
Final Score: Washington 8, Arizona 1
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg tossed eight strong innings and the Nationals backed him with six runs of support in the third, as Washington beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-1, in the second match of a four- game set. Strasburg (10-10) gave up a homer in the first, but followed with seven scoreless frames. The righty allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out four for his third victory in four starts. Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs with a double during the explosive frame for Washington, and Ian Desmond finished 3-for-4 with four RBI, a run scored and a stolen base as the Nationals picked up their eighth win in a row. Washington has won eight straight for the first time since Aug. 4-11, 2012. Chase Anderson (7-5) was charged with six runs on six hits and three walks and while failed to record an out during the disastrous third inning. He lost for the first time since July 2. David Peralta's home run in the opening frame was the only run for the D- backs, who have lost four in a row and seven of nine overall. Ender Inciarte went 0-for-4, ending his career-best and team-rookie-record 18- game hitting streak, which was the longest active streak in the majors.
Final Score: Atlanta 11, Pittsburgh 3
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The way the Braves have been hitting, the Pirates needed a lot more than the return of Andrew McCutchen to slow them down. Justin Upton homered and drove in five runs to highlight Atlanta's fifth straight win, an 11-3 drubbing that sent Pittsburgh to a seventh consecutive loss. Jason Heyward added two hits and three RBI and Evan Gattis hit a solo homer for the Braves, who have scored 33 runs during their winning streak. Aaron Harang (10-7) tossed 8 1/3 innings and limited Pittsburgh to three runs on nine hits to pick up his first victory since July 10. McCutchen went 0- for-4 in his return from missing two weeks with a fractured rib, and all the Pirates managed offensively was an RBI groundout from Neil Walker in the fourth and run-scoring singles from Brandon Cumpton and Ike Davis in the sixth and ninth, respectively. Otherwise, it was all Braves, who hammered Francisco Liriano (3-10) for nine runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits over the first four-plus innings.
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 4
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Jay took one for the team Tuesday and the Reds lost another one because of their bullpen. Cincinnati's J.J. Hoover plunked Jay with the bases loaded to push across the deciding run as the Cardinals earned a 5-4 win in walk-off fashion. Jay went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and the winning RBI while Jhonny Peralta added a solo homer for St. Louis, which has won six of its last seven games, including a 10-inning victory in the opener of this three-game series. Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer while Ryan Ludwick added two hits and two RBI for Cincinnati, which has dropped four in a row and seven of eight overall.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, San Diego 6
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carl Crawford smacked a two-run homer among his three hits, three RBI and three runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 8-6, in the opener of a three-game set. Justin Turner posted two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Kevin Correia (2-0) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out six for the Dodgers, who snapped their three-game slide. Jedd Gyorko cracked a three-run shot to highlight his two-hit night and Ian Kennedy (9-11) gave up six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and two walks over five frames for San Diego, which has dropped four of its last five on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
Final Score: Seattle 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hisashi Iwakuma tossed eight shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2, in the middle test of a three-game set. Iwakuma (12-6) struck out 11, scattered just four hits and threw 74 of his 96 pitches for strikes for Seattle, which is 2-2 on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Kyle Seager smacked a solo homer and Mike Zunino hit a two-run single among his two hits in the triumph. Fernando Rodney recorded the final out to notch his 36th save of the season. The Phillies had already plated two runs and put runners on first and second in the ninth, but Rodney struck out the tying run in Cody Asche to end the game. A.J. Burnett (6-14) fanned nine, but surrendered five runs on six hits and four walks over 7 2/3 innings for the Phillies, who have dropped eight of their last 11 games.
Final Score: Miami 4, Texas 3 (10 innings)
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning made the Miami Marlins 4-3 winners over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Mike Carp's error allowed Jeff Baker to reach base safely with one out in the 10th. After Christian Yelich lined out for the second out, Donovan Solano extended the inning with an infield single. Neftali Feliz then replaced Neal Cotts (2-7) on the mound to pitch to Stanton, but the move backfired, as the MVP candidate laced a single into right, plating Baker for the game- winning run without a throw. The walk-off single was Stanton's fifth career game-winning hit. Yelich had three hits for Miami, which got an RBI from four different players to surpass its 2013 win total with 37 games left in the season. Marcell Ozuna homered for the 17th time this season. Jarred Cosart turned in six innings of one-run ball, and Sam Dyson (2-0) struck out the side in the top of the 10th to pick up the win. Miles Mikolas also earned a no- decision in his start for Texas, exiting after five-plus innings. Mikolas gave up three runs on eight hits while fanning six.
Final Score: Milwaukee 6, Toronto 1
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Khris Davis drove in a pair of runs while Mike Fiers turned in another stellar effort, as Milwaukee took down Toronto, 6-1, in the opener of a two-game interleague set. Rickie Weeks, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez also knocked in a run apiece for the Brewers, the NL Central leaders who have won five consecutive games. On the heels of his 14-strikeout performance, Fiers (3-1) retired the final 18 batters he faced, eventually going seven innings and allowing a run on two hits with six strikeouts. Munenori Kawasaki drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays, who skidded to their sixth loss in their last seven. J.A. Happ (8-8) was charged in defeat for four runs on six hits over just 3 1/3 frames.
Final Score: Kansas City 7, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Omar Infante went 4-for-5 with three doubles, four RBI and a run scored as the Kansas City Royals grabbed a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies to open a two-game set. Christian Colon, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain all drove in a run for Kansas City, which has won six of its last seven games. James Shields (12-6) won his third straight decision after pitching six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits with a walk and six strikeouts. The Royals maintained their two-game lead over the Tigers for first place in the AL Central, as Detroit downed Tampa Bay in extra innings on Tuesday. Drew Stubbs hit a two-run home run and Nolan Arenado added a solo homer for the Rockies, who had won three of four coming in. Tyler Matzek (2-9) lost his fifth straight start after getting touched for three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Oakland 6, NY Mets 2
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Kazmir struck out six over six innings strong innings and the Oakland Athletics snapped a five-game losing skid with a 6-2 win over the New York Mets. Kazmir (14-5) set a new career-high in wins and helped the A's win the first game of this brief two-game interleague set. The southpaw allowed a run, four hits and three walks. Coco Crisp cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the fourth inning and Josh Reddick added a two-run homer for Oakland, which returned home following a road trip in which the club went just 1-6. The A's sit a half-game back of the Angels, who were winners in Boston on Tuesday night, for the best record in the American League West. Dillon Gee's (4-6) pitching woes continued, surrendering four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings to absorb the loss. Gee dropped to 0-5 over his last seven starts.
Final Score: Chicago 2, San Francisco 0 (5 innings)
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Rizzo smacked a two-run homer as the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, in a rain-shortened opener of a three-game set. The game was finally called due to an unplayable field following a 4-hour, 34-minute rain delay. Rizzo also added a double, posting two of the three hits for Chicago, which has won three games in a row. Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) allowed six hits and struck out three in his first career shutout. Angel Pagan and Joaquin Arias both went 2-for-3 for the Giants, who had won three of their last four games coming in. Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) spun his third career complete game, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks.
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