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National League Game Capsules(Sunday, September 14)
Final Score: Washington 3, New York 0
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilson Ramos' two-run home run led the Washington Nationals in a 3-0 win over the New York Mets in the finale of a four-game set on Sunday. Jordan Zimmermann (12-5) won his sixth straight decision as he gave up just six hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings for the Nationals, who have won six of eight. Washington now leads Atlanta by 10 1/2 games for first place in the NL East. Jon Niese (8-11) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings for the Mets, who lost three of four in this set.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 7, Chicago 3
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and was part of an around-the-horn triple play that sparked the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Josh Harrison began the triple play and hit a two-run double during a pivotal six-run fifth inning for the playoff-hopeful Pirates, who bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to take the rubber match of this three-game series. Edinson Volquez (12-7) stretched his unbeaten streak to 10 straight starts with seven effective but laborious innings. He walked five and gave up four hits and three runs, though only one was earned. Pittsburgh still holds the second wild card spot in the NL. Jacob Turner (5-10) was knocked around for seven runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings for the Cubs, who have lost eight of their last nine.
Final Score: Miami 5, Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Marlins scored four runs in the ninth inning to rally for a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the finale of a three-game set on Sunday. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-3) came on in the ninth with his club up by three. He allowed a double to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a walk to Enrique Hernandez and a single to Adeiny Hechavarria to begin the inning. Jordany Valdespin worked a 12-pitch at- bat that culminated into an RBI groundout, then Christian Yelich and Justin Bour each delivered run-scoring singles to tie the game. Papelbon got a timely strikeout of Casey McGehee before uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Yelich to cross home for the winning run. Anthony DeSclafani (2-2) earned the win for pitching the eighth and Steve Cishek struck out the side in the ninth following a walk and single to start the inning for his 35th save of the season. Miami snapped its four-game losing streak.
Final Score: Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Clark hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Miller Park. Jonathan Lucroy had three hits and two RBI for the Brewers, who remained 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the NL's second wild-card spot. Matt Garza (8-8) gave up a run on four hits, walked three and struck out six in six-plus innings. Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the sixth for the Reds, while Mike Leake (11-12) allowed three runs on eight hits and walked three over six innings.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Colorado 1
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with Sunday's 4-1 victory. The Cardinals still lead the NL Central by 3 1/2 games over the Pirates and have Monday off before starting a three-game series against the third-place Brewers, who are five games back. Matt Holliday doubled twice, knocked in a run and scored another in the victory, which was awarded to Marco Gonzales (3-2) for throwing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Jordan Lyles (6-3) surrendered three runs on nine hits over six frames in Colorado's sixth consecutive loss.
Final Score: Arizona 8, San Diego 6
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius both had two hits and knocked in a run as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Chase Field. Arizona scored five in the third to grab the lead and three in the eighth to create some breathing room. San Diego had closed to within a run when they loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Will Harris struck out Rymer Liriano and pinch-hitter Tommy Medica to preserve the D-backs' 5-4 lead. Gregorius hit an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning. The Padres scored two runs in the ninth and had the go-ahead run at the plate, but Addison Reed got Cameron Maybin on a grounder to second base for the final out.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, San Francisco 2
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw struck out nine over eight strong innings to pick up his major league-leading 19th win of the season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the San Francisco Giants, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Kershaw (19-3) won his fifth straight start after giving up two runs on seven hits for the Dodgers, who lead San Francisco by three games for first place in the NL West. Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles, which pounded out 24 hits in a 17-0 victory on Saturday after losing 9-0 on Friday. Matt Duffy and Buster Posey each drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost two in a row since a four-game winning streak. Yusmeiro Petit (5-4) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits while striking out eight over seven innings.
Final Score: Texas 10, Atlanta 3
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Sardinas doubled twice and knocked in four runs to help the Texas Rangers sweep the Atlanta Braves with a 10-3 rout on Sunday. Michael Choice drove in three runs, while Robinson Chirinos, Elvis Andrus and Leonys Martin each chipped in with an RBI in the win. Colby Lewis (10-13) earned the win, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings of work for Texas, which has won three straight following a three-game skid. Mike Minor (6-11) took the loss after yielding five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
09/14 20:46:51 ET