National League Game Capsules
(Saturday, April 19th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Washington 3
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Cruz had two hits and two RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Washington Nationals, 4-3, on Saturday. Jon Jay also had two hits while starter Lance Lynn (4-0) and Matt Holliday drove in a run apiece for St. Louis, winners in six of eight. Lynn lasted 5 2/3 innings, yielding just a run on five hits. Closer Trevor Rosenthal took the hill with a 4-2 lead in the ninth and ran into trouble, walking pinch- hitter Zach Walters and allowing Denard Span to reach on a fielder's choice. The runners moved up one base on a balk. Kevin Frandsen, who took over for Bryce Harper in left field in the seventh inning, grounded out to third to plate Walters and make it 4-3, but Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth on three pitches to post his fifth save of the year. Span had a pair of hits in his return to the Washington lineup. The Nationals' leadoff hitter was removed from the 7-day concussion DL before the game. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1) was the unlucky loser after tossing seven strong innings. Zimmermann struck out six and allowed four runs -- one earned -- on seven hits.
Final Score: Chicago 8, Cincinnati 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Welington Castillo, Darwin Barney and Mike Olt all homered as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a scoring slump in an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Castillo had a two-run homer among his two hits, Barney also belted a two-run shot and Olt added a solo blast to help the Cubs halt a five-game losing streak. Chicago had mustered a mere one run total over its last three defeats. Emilio Bonifacio contributed three hits and scored twice, while Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the win, only the Cubs' second in their last 18 matchups with the Reds at Wrigley Field. The surge enabled Edwin Jackson (1-1) to pick up his first win of the season after he allowed two runs while scattering eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton both had three hits for Cincinnati, which took Friday's opener of this three-game set and had won three straight overall. Devin Mesoraco ended 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the setback. Tony Cingrani (1-2) was dealt the loss after permitting three runs in five innings.
Final Score: Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 7
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun's second homer of the night proved to be the difference in the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Jean Segura singled with one out in the ninth and Braun hammered the first pitch he saw from Jason Grilli (0-1) to center to give the Brewers a one-run lead. Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and earned the win, while Francisco Rodriguez closed the door in the ninth for his sixth save of the season. Rodriguez tied Goose Gossage for 20th place on the all-time saves list with 310. Braun had three hits with RBI and four runs scored, while Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the win, Milwaukee's second straight over the Pirates. The teams wrap up the four-game set on Sunday. Milwaukee starter Matt Garza allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Jose Tabata and Ike Davis each collected two hits for Pittsburgh, while Clint Barmes and Travis Snider knocked in two runs apiece in the setback. Davis was acquired from the Mets on Friday for a minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. Wandy Rodriguez toed the slab for Pittsburgh and was pulled after four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Final Score: Atlanta 7, New York 5
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a three run homer and two runs scored to help the Atlanta Braves to a 7-5 win over the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game set. Freddie Freeman finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Braves, winners in seven of their last eight games. Ervin Santana (2-0) allowed one run on six hits while fanning seven over seven innings. Over three starts this season (21 innings), the nine-year veteran has allowed just one run and struck out 24 batters. Jordan Walden left the bases loaded in the ninth to record his first save. David Wright and Chris Young each went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Travis d'Arnaud had two hits and an RBI for the Mets, who have dropped two straight after sweeping Arizona earlier this week. Bartolo Colon (1-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six to saddle the loss.
Final Score: Colorado 3, Philadelphia 1
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Lyles worked seven-plus innings to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in the second game of a three-game set. Lyles (3-0) gave up one unearned run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts, while Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer for the Rockies, who have won four of their last five. Kyle Kendrick (0-2) gave up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts over seven innings for the Phillies, who have dropped four of their last five. Jimmy Rollins drove in their only run.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Arizona 6
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Andre Ethier clubbed a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers used a five-run fifth inning to continue their dominance over the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-6 win on Saturday. Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp each went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Dodgers, who have beaten Arizona six out of the seven meetings this season. Gonzalez has now hit safely in 14 straight games. Dan Haren (3-0) earned the win for LA, throwing 7 1/3 innings and allowing five runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with five strikeouts. Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt each had two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who saw starter Mike Bolsinger (0-1) surrender seven runs -- six earned -- over four-plus innings of work.
Final Score: San Diego 3, San Francisco 1
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Stults tossed six solid innings and Chris Denorfia came up with a key late RBI, as San Diego slipped past San Francisco, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game series. Everth Cabrera hit a run-scoring triple and Yonder Alonso drove in the other run for the Padres, who have taken the first two in the set and have won seven of 10 overall. Stults (1-2) allowed a run on three hits to best Tim Hudson (2-1), who gave up eight hits and a pair of runs over seven full frames. Mike Morse's fifth- inning solo shot was the only meaningful offense for the Giants, who have lost three in a row.
04/19 23:49:27 ET