National League Game Capsules
(Thursday, July 10)
Final Score: Chicago 6, Cincinnati 4 (12 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Valbuena's two-run triple in the top of the 12th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Arismendy Alcantara, in his second big league game, went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for the Cubs, who salvaged the finale of this five-game set and ended and six- game slide. Starlin Castro added a pair of RBI for Chicago, which went 5-6 on its 11-game road trip. Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBI for the Reds, who blew a three-run lead and saw a five-game win streak come to a halt. No other Cincinnati player had multiple hits in a game that saw the Reds lose another starter and tempers flare before a dramatic end for the Cubs.
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Milwaukee 1
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no- hitter in the seventh inning and put the Phillies in front with a two-run single in the eighth, as Philadelphia rallied for a 9-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to complete a four-game sweep at Miller Park. The Phillies trailed 1-0 through seven innings but put up a seven-spot in the eighth to pull away. Cameron Rupp doubled with one out and was replaced by pinch-runner Ben Revere before Cesar Hernandez walked to put the go-ahead run on base. Tony Gwynn Jr. advanced the runners with a grounder to third, and Garza was replaced on the mound by Will Smith. Rollins greeted the lefty specialist with a liner into right that scored both runners without a throw. After Chase Utley walked, Ryan Howard went the opposite way with an RBI ground-rule double to left. Marlon Byrd was then walked intentionally to load the bases for Cody Asche, who plated two more runs with his double over Ryan Braun's head in right for a 5-1 lead. Domonic Brown's two-run single up the middle put the finishing touches on the inning. Howard added a two- run homer in the ninth to make it 9-1. The seven runs in the eighth were the most the Phillies scored in any inning this season.
Final Score: Atlanta 3, New York 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Harang tossed seven strong innings, Craig Kimbrel recorded a four-out save and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets, 3-1, to avoid a four-game sweep at Citi Field. Harang (9-6) won his fourth straight start after holding the Mets to a run on four hits and four walks. Andrelton Simmons had two hits and scored two runs for Atlanta, which snapped a four-game skid that followed its season-high, nine-game winning streak. Bartolo Colon (8-8) overcame a shaky start to pitch eight innings for the Mets. He allowed three runs on 10 hits and had a total of seven strikeouts with no walks.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez fired his second career complete game and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-1, in the finale of a four-game set. Volquez (8-6) struck out five, scattered six hits and walked two in his first complete game since July 19, 2012. Russell Martin smacked a solo homer among his three hits and two RBI, while Andrew McCutchen posted two hits, two RBI and a pair of runs scored for the Pirates, who salvaged the final game of the set after dropping the first three. Shelby Miller (7-8) surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks over five frames for St. Louis, which had won six of its last eight coming in.
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, San Diego 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak came to an end at 41 innings, but he still continued to dominate the opposition with his third complete game of the season. The left-hander allowed one run on three hits and had 11 strikeouts to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Kershaw (11-2) cruised through five innings before giving up a two-out home run to Chase Headley in the sixth, the first run he surrendered since the third inning against Arizona on June 13. His 41-inning streak is third-best in Dodgers history behind Orel Hershiser's MLB-record 59 straight shutout innings in 1988 and Don Drysdale's 58 in 1968.
Final Score: Oakland 6, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Kazmir justified his All-Star selection by firing seven scoreless innings, while Stephen Vogt knocked in three runs at the plate in the Oakland Athletics' 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Josh Donaldson added a two-run homer as part of a 2-for-3 day that helped the Athletics close out the home-and-home Bay Bridge Series with wins in three of the four matchups. Vogt, Brandon Moss and John Jaso also finished with a pair of hits. Kazmir (11-3) only allowed three hits and a walk while racking up nine strikeouts in an outstanding final appearance before Tuesday's Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis. Tim Hudson (7-6) wasn't nearly as sharp for San Francisco, with the onetime Oakland standout rocked for six runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings to drop a fourth consecutive decision.
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Washington 3
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce hit a solo home run in the first and scored during a three-run third inning for the Baltimore Orioles, who held on to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday night. Pearce's homer ended Gio Gonzalez's 22 1/3 scoreless inning streak. Gonzalez (6-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs -- three earned -- and six hits and striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Wei-Yin Chen (9-3) picked up the win, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Washington loaded the bases in the eighth, but Darren O'Day got out of the jam for the Orioles, whose relief staff threw 3 1/3 shutout innings.
07/11 01:39:28 ET