National League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 1)
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - In an otherwise forgettable season, Cole Hamels and three relief pitchers gave Philadelphia Phillies fans something to remember on Monday. Hamels struck out seven in six no-hit innings and the bullpen took it from there as Philadelphia pitched a combined no-hitter during its 7-0 rout of the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia's ace lefty labored through five walks and a high pitch count, forcing manager Ryne Sandberg to remove Hamels for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon preserved the no-hitter, each tossing a clean inning out of the bullpen. Hamels (8-6) became the first pitcher since Seattle's Kevin Millwood on June 8, 2012, to be pulled after six no- hit innings. Millwood, who threw a no-hitter with the Phillies in 2003, left that game with an injury. That was also the last time a major league team threw a combined no-hitter, as five relievers pitched no-hit ball behind Millwood. Ben Revere had a career-high five RBI for the Phillies, while Jimmy Rollins moved into first place in franchise history with his 658th multi-hit game. Rollins singled, doubled and tripled and drove in a run to pass Richie Ashburn.
Final Score: Miami 9, New York 6
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Six errors did in the New York Mets on Monday as the Miami Marlins took a back-and-forth series opener, 9-6, from their NL East rivals. The game was tied at 6-6 entering the bottom of the eighth, but more sloppy play from the Mets sealed the outcome, as three errors and a wild pitch sent New York to its fourth loss in six games. Casey McGehee and Marcell Ozuna each had two hits and two RBI while Giancarlo Stanton belted a solo homer for the Marlins, who were coming off a disappointing 3-9 road trip. A.J. Ramos (6-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek did the same in the ninth to anchor a solid relief effort after Miami starter Henderson Alvarez exited with a left oblique strain in the third inning.
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday came through in the clutch yet again on Monday, helping the St. Louis Cardinals take down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series that could help determine the National League Central playoff picture. The Cardinals trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, who didn't start the game after injuring his head on Sunday, hit a two-run homer to right to tie the game. Jon Jay then tripled, spelling the end of Gerrit Cole's outing. John Axford took his place on the mound and walked Oscar Taveras to bring up Holliday, who ripped a grounder through the hole on the left side to plate Jay. The base hit gave Holliday his third RBI of the contest. The slugger drove in five runs in Saturday's rout of the Cubs and four more on Sunday, including the game-winning two-run single in the eighth. He has 16 RBI in his last eight games.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Milwaukee 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Brewers' elongated stay atop the NL Central is over, as Welington Castillo's home run and three RBI led the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win over Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series. The Brewers had been alone or tied for first place every day since April 5, but Milwaukee's six-game losing streak coupled with the Cardinals' win over the Pirates on Monday has vaulted St. Louis into the division lead. Luis Valbuena added a solo homer for Chicago, while Jacob Turner (5-8) struck out seven over 6 1/3 solid innings to pick up the win, the Cubs' third in five games. Back-to-back home runs by Khris Davis and Gerardo Parra in the seventh provided the only offense for the Brewers, who had starter Jimmy Nelson (2-6) allow three runs on nine hits over six frames.
Final Score: San Diego 3, Arizona 1
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run single in his major-league debut and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Monday in the opener of a four-game series. Spangenberg, selected Monday from Double-A San Antonio as part of San Diego's September callups, made a diving stop with runners at first and second base in the first inning to potentially save a run. Alexi Amarista also drove in a run for the Padres, who were coming off a 7-1 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday after winning their previous three games with walk-off hits in extra innings. Tyson Ross (13-12) threw six innings and gave up one run in his 14th straight quality start, extending his Padres record. The right-hander struck out eight, walked two and surrendered six hits.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 2 (Game 1) Final Score: Colorado 10, San Francisco 9 (Game 2)
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Blackmon's single in the ninth lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 10-9 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. After LaTroy Hawkins blew his second save of the season in the away ninth, Michael McKenry singled up the middle off Sergio Romo (5-4) to lead off the home half, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Rutledge and advanced to third on Rafael Ynoa's infield single with two outs. Blackmon stepped in and served the first pitch he saw into right to win the game. Ben Paulsen homered in the win, while Blackmon, Rutledge and DJ LaMahieu each had two RBI. The two teams concluded a suspended game from May 22 prior to the regularly scheduled matchup, with Hunter Pence's double highlighting a two-run eighth as the Giants grabbed a 4-2 win. Pence, who homered in the setback, and Brandon Crawford each had three RBI. Gregor Blanco, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval had an RBI apiece for the Giants, who had their season-high seven- game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: Washington 6, Los Angeles 4
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Denard Span homered twice to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in the opener of a three-game set. Asdrubal Cabrera also homered in the win, while Jayson Werth homered and stole two bases. Gio Gonzalez (7-9) snapped a career-long nine-start winless drought after he allowed three runs on three hits over six-plus innings. The southpaw hadn't won since July 5. Roberto Hernandez (8-10), who gave up just one unearned run against the Nationals in his previous two starts this season while with Philadelphia, surrendered five runs on five hits -- four home runs -- over 4 1/3 innings. Matt Kemp homered among his two hits and drove in two for the Dodgers, who lead San Francisco by two games in the NL West.
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