MLB Game Capsules

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Updated: July 30, 2013

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Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 2

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Francisco Liriano pitched seven strong innings and Pedro Alvarez clubbed a three-run homer in the opening frame, and the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-2, in the opener of a pivotal five-game series from PNC Park. The Pirates, who started an 11-game homestand, played the Cardinals for the first time since a three-game set April 26-28. Pittsburgh took two of three games and left St. Louis in first place in the National League Central. Pittsburgh, now 20 games over .500, is within a half-game of the Cardinals. Liriano (11-4) allowed a run on four hits and had eight strikeouts. The lefty won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions and moved to 6-1 at home this season. Clint Barmes stroked a two-run double to highlight a five-run seventh inning for the Pirates, who entered this series with losses in three of their previous four games. Jake Westbrook (7-5) was charged with four hits and four runs over five innings to fall to 1-8 in his career against the Pirates. Matt Carpenter and Shane Robinson each drove in a run for the Cardinals, losers of four in a row for the first time since Aug. 28-31 last year.

Final Score: Atlanta 9, Colorado 8 (10 innings)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Andrelton Simmons tripled home Dan Uggla in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a four-game set at Turner Field. The Braves coughed up a one-run lead in the ninth, but Simmons smacked an 0-2 pitch from Edgmer Escalona (1-4) to the gap in left center to plate Uggla, who had led off with a walk. Jordan Walden started the ninth for Atlanta, not closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel had recorded three saves in a weekend sweep of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Carlos Gonzalez, back in the Colorado lineup after missing the last three games with a sprained right middle finger, finished 5- for-5. His final hit, a one-out single, tied the game in the ninth. Earlier Monday, the Braves acquired reliever Scott Downs (1-0) from the Los Angeles Angels and it didn’t take long for the southpaw to be placed in a pressure situation. Both DJ LeMahieu, who also singled, and Gonzalez advanced a base on a deep flyout by Troy Tulowitzki. After Walden intentionally walked Michael Cuddyer, Downs was called on to face the left-handed-swinging Todd Helton, who hit a liner that was gloved by Downs. The Rockies stranded a runner at third against Downs in the 10th. Simmons, Uggla and Chris Johnson each had two RBI for the NL East-leading Braves.

Final Score: New York 6, Miami 5

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Ike Davis’ go-ahead RBI double highlighted a three-run seventh and helped the New York Mets down the Miami Marlins, 6-5, in the opener of a four-game set. Daniel Murphy tallied two hits, three RBI and a pair of runs scored for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing skid. David Aardsma (2-0) recorded the final two outs in the sixth to pick up the win and Bobby Parnell worked a scoreless ninth to notch his 21st save of the year. Ed Lucas had an RBI triple and scored twice for Miami, which had won five of its previous seven.

Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Chicago 0

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Carlos Gomez singled in the game’s first run in the ninth inning and Jeff Bianchi and Rickie Weeks added two-run doubles in Milwaukee’s 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the subject of trade rumors, came off the mound to a standing ovation after allowing only three hits and fanning seven over seven innings. Kyle Lohse limited the hosts to five hits over six frames. The opener of this four-game series was left up to the bullpen, namely Pedro Strop (1-1), who faltered in the ninth.

Final Score: San Diego 2, Cincinnati 1

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park. Following a leadoff walk to Yonder Alonso, Denorfia jumped on a first- pitch fastball from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman (3-4), sending it over the wall in straight-away center field for his first career walk-off blast. It was the first San Diego hit since the third inning and the team’s only extra-base hit. Everth Cabrera singled twice and reached base three times to begin an inning for San Diego, which has won three in a row and six of eight games overall. Padres starter Sean O’Sullivan battled some control issues to pitch six innings. He allowed a run on five hits and five walks. Luke Gregerson (5-5) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to get the win. Cincinnati’s Mike Leake was in line to win his fourth straight start after holding the Padres to four hits over seven frames. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Derrick Robinson each had two hits for the Reds, who suffered their fourth consecutive setback and second straight walk-off loss. Cincinnati fell 1-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Yasiel Puig’s homer in the 11th inning Sunday.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Boston 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – David Price worked into the eighth inning, and Tampa Bay benefited from a controversial call to nip Boston, 2-1, in the makeup of a rainout from last Thursday. Price (6-5) earned the fifth win in his last six starts by scattering two hits, including a Brandon Snyder solo homer. He also had eight strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Fernando Rodney picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth. Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI double and Wil Myers knocked in the other run for the Rays, who vaulted over their Monday foes into first place in the AL East by a half-game. Felix Doubront (7-5) allowed eight hits and two runs over five full frames for the Red Sox, who couldn’t push the tying run across in the bottom of the eighth.

Final Score: Texas 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 3

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Geovany Soto and A.J. Pierzynski each blasted solo shots in the bottom of the ninth to rally the Texas Rangers to a 4-3 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the opener of a three-game set. Pierzynski started the frame with a homer to right off Ernesto Frieri (0-3). Soto delivered a towering shot to left field on a two-out, full-count fastball to cap the comeback. Jason Frasor (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning to grab the win for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game skid. Josh Hamilton, who was in a 3-for-26 slump, went 2-for-4 with two RBI and J.B. Shuck connected on his first major league home run for the Angels, who have lost four straight.

Final Score: Cleveland 3, Chicago 2

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Jason Giambi’s pinch-hit leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth sent Cleveland past Chicago, 3-2, in the opener of a four- game set. Batting in place of Mark Reynolds, Giambi’s winner touched down beyond the wall in center. It gave the 42-year-old a major league record as the oldest player to hit a game-ending home run, replacing Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. Ramon Troncoso (1-3), who turned in a scoreless eighth inning, served up the deciding blast in defeat. Chris Perez (3-1) stranded a runner on second in the top of the ninth for the win. Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in a run each for the Indians, who stretched their win streak to five games.

Final Score: Oakland 9, Toronto 4

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Yoenis Cespedes finished 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and three RBI to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 9-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game set. Cespedes finished a double shy of the cycle and snapped a 25-game homerless drought. Josh Reddick drove in three runs while Jed Lowrie, Seth Smith and Stephen Vogt each added an RBI for the Athletics, winners of four straight. A.J. Griffin (10-7) surrendered four runs on four hits with two walks while fanning five over seven frames. It’s his fourth win in his last six starts. Esmil Rogers (3-5) was pounded for eight runs — six earned — on nine hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He is winless in his last seven outings, with his last win coming on June 18 against the Rockies. Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie all homered for the Blue Jays, who started their 10-game road trip by losing for the ninth time in 12 contests.