National League Game Capsules

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Updated: May 5, 2013

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Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Chicago 4

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Cincinnati Reds used a four-run eighth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, in the middle installment of a three- game series. Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo homer for the Reds, who have won the first two games of this set to record their first road series victory of the year. Zack Cozart, Jhttp://news.2bet2.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Jack Hannahan and Devin Mesoraco added an RBI apiece. Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani gave up four runs on three hits while striking out five over six innings for Cincinnati, which has won eighth straight at Wrigley Field. Logan Ondrusek (2-0) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win. Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers for the Cubs, who have dropped three in a row. Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits over while striking out five over six innings. Carlos Marmol (2-2) was charged with three runs while failing to record an out in the eighth.

Final Score: Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Tyler Moore’s tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning helped send the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle test of a three-game set at PNC Park. Wilson Ramos contributed a two-run single and both Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond also had sac flies for Washington, which had lost four of six coming in. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg surrendered a two-run homers to Starling Marte and Clint Barmes, but got through his final two innings of work unscathed. He matched a season-high with seven innings pitched and struck out eight while scattering five hits. Tyler Clippard (2-1) and Rafael Soriano each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, with Soriano notching his 10th save in the victory.

Final Score: St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Jon Jay hit the go-ahead single in the top of the ninth inning and had a three-run homer earlier for the St. Louis Cardinals, who downed the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, Saturday in the third installment of a four-game set at Miller Park. Jay drove in Shane Robinson with the eventual game-winning run, with Robinson leading off the ninth with a single and advancing to second on an error from Carlos Gomez, then adding to the cause by swiping third base to help Jay easily drive him in. Allen Craig had two hits — including a solo homer — and scored twice, while Daniel Descalso had a two-run shot for the Cardinals, who have won five straight. Seth Maness (1-0) picked up the win after forcing an inning-ending double play to end the eighth. Jean Segura hit a two-run homer, Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run single and Gomez added a solo blast for Milwaukee, which has lost four straight overall and nine of its last 12 versus St. Louis. Tom Gorzelanny had a blown save in the seventh after replacing starter Yovani Gallardo. Jim Henderson (2-1) absorbed the loss, allowing the winning run as well as Robinson’s and Jay’s singles in the final frame.

Final Score: Miami 2, Philadelphia 0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jose Fernandez dazzled Philadelphia hitters over seven scoreless innings to guide the Miami Marlins to a 2-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday. Fernandez (1-2) allowed just one hit and two baserunners during his stint and retired 17 straight batters before issuing a walk in the seventh inning. The 20-year-old rookie also struck out a career- high nine to earn his first career win in the majors. Marcell Ozuna and Chris Valaika both clubbed solo homers for the Marlins, who had dropped three straight entering the contest. Freddy Galvis provided the lone hit for the Phillies, who were shut out for the fifth time this season. Cole Hamels (1-4) allowed four hits, including both homers, while striking out six over eight innings.

Final Score: New York at Atlanta, postponed

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Saturday’s game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves has been postponed due to inclement weather. New York’s Jon Niese was slated to start against Atlanta’s Julio Teheran on Saturday. A makeup date has yet to be determined.

Final Score: Colorado 9, Tampa Bay 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam as the Colorado Rockies edged the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-3, in the middle test of a three-game set. Troy Tulowitzki was a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in three runs and Carlos Gonzalez smashed a solo shot for the Rockies, who even the series at 1-1. Starter Jon Garland (3-2) gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over five frames in the victory. Kelly Johnson had two RBI and James Loney drove in one run for the Rays. Yunel Escobar was taken out in the second inning, after taking a pitch by Garland to the left wrist. He was replaced by Ryan Roberts, who manned second base, and Ben Zobrist moved from second to short. Rays starter David Price (1-3) surrendered nine runs on 11 hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Price was fined $1,000 by Major League Baseball on Thursday after tweeting about umpire Tom Hallion, who he accused of directing a profanity towards him during Sunday’s 8-3 win against the White Sox.

Final Score: Arizona 8, San Diego 1

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – A.J. Pollock went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday. Paul Goldschmidt added a pair of RBI and Josh Wilson, Cliff Pennington and Patrick Corbin drove in one run apiece for the Diamondbacks, who had dropped four straight entering the contest. Corbin (4-0) gave up five hits, including a solo homer, while striking out seven over seven frames to earn the win. Corbin hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs over six starts this season. Chris Denorfia provided the Padres’ lone run with a solo homer in the seventh inning. Clayton Richard (0-4) was tagged for seven runs — five earned — on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. Richard hasn’t earned a win since Sept. 20, 2012.

Final Score: San Francisco 2, Los Angeles 1

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Buster Posey led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a homer against Ronald Belisario to give the San Francisco Giants a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Posey tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth inning, and he won it by taking a 3-2 pitch from Belisario (2-3) over the wall in left field for his first career walkoff homer. The Giants mustered just four hits in the opener of this three-game series, but received five-plus solid innings from Barry Zito. The lefty scattered six hits and gave up a run while walking four. Clayton Kershaw, who was activated from the bereavement list to make the start, gave up three hits and fanned five over seven innings. San Francisco used five relievers with Sergio Romo (2-2) throwing the top of the ninth to get the win. The Dodgers, who had 11 hits to just four for the Giants, went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.

Final Score: New York 4, Oakland 2

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Phil Hughes threw eight shutout innings for his first win of the season, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Hughes (1-2) limited Oakland to four hits and two walks while striking out nine in his best outing of the year. He had pitched well in each of his last three starts, all no-decisions, allowing a total of six runs over 20 innings after a rough first two starts that included eight earned runs in a total of seven innings. Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay slugged solo homers in support of Hughes, while Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner singled in runs for New York. The Yankees bounced back from a 2-0 loss in Friday’s series opener and improved to 7-2 on a 10-game homestand that concludes Sunday. Bartolo Colon (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The former Yankee did not walk a batter and struck out three. Seth Smith and Josh Reddick drove in ninth-inning runs for Oakland, which lost for just the second time in its last six games.

Final Score: Seattle 8, Toronto 1

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Michael Saunders had his second career two-home run performance at Rogers Centre, while Dustin Ackley smacked a grand slam as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, Saturday in the second of a three-game set. Saunders, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, also hit two homers in Toronto’s home park on April 28 of last season and now has five along with 11 RBI in his last 10 games there dating back to Sept. 22, 2010. He added a run- scoring double and finished with three RBI in the victory. Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1) tossed seven solid innings of one-run, five-hit ball for the Mariners, winners in six of their last seven games. Kelly Shoppach drove in one run with a double. R.A. Dickey (2-5) suffered his third straight defeat after being tagged for seven runs and all three of Seattle’s homers while striking out five over six innings. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12 overall. Munenori Kawasaki plated the Jays’ only run with a sacrifice fly.

Final Score: Cleveland 7, Minnesota 3

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Jason Kipnis finished a double shy of the cycle and Scott Kazmir struck out seven to guide the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the middle installment of a three-game set at Progressive Field. Kipnis finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and his sixth stolen base as the Tribe won their sixth straight and secured their fifth series win of the season. Nick Swisher returned from a three-game absence and also went yard, while Mark Reynolds had two hits with an RBI. Kazmir (1-1) hurled six strong innings in his first home start of the season. He allowed two runs – both earned – five hits and one walk. Aaron Hicks homered for Minnesota, the first of his major league career, as the Twins managed seven hits but no player had more than one. Kevin Correia (3-2) yielded four earned runs to absorb the loss.

Final Score: Baltimore 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 4 (10 innings)

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Freddy Garcia took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in his first start of 2013, and Steve Pearce’s RBI single in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium. Adam Jones led off the tenth with a single off Garrett Richards (1-3) and was replaced at first base by Nolan Reimold after a fielder’s choice. J.J. Hardy advanced Reimold to second on a groundout, which brought Pearce to the plate to deliver the decisive blow. Jim Johnson then retired the Angels in order in the bottom of the 10th for his 11th save in as many tries. Garcia, who was making his first start of 2013 after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, retired 17 of the first 18 batters he faced before giving up two runs on three hits in the seventh inning. He struck out two and walked one in 6 2/3 innings of work. Tommy Hunter (1-1) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win. Manny Machado, Hardy and Reimold all homered for the O’s, who have taken two of the first three games in this series heading into Sunday’s finale. Pearce finished 3-for-4, while Jones swiped two bags in the triumph.

Final Score: Detroit 17, Houston 2

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Miguel Cabrera crushed two homers and reached base every time he came to plate, as the Detroit Tigers recorded 21 hits in a 17-2 thrashing of the Houston Astros in the third test of a four-game set from Minute Maid Park. The reigning American League MVP and Triple Crown winner knocked in six runs for the fifth time in his career, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a walk in the Tigers’ third straight and eighth win in nine games. The Detroit hitters never let up against the Astros pitching staff, producing at least one run in every inning but the third and provided more than enough support for Max Scherzer (4-0), who was brilliant once again. He stayed ahead of batters over his eight innings of work and scattered just one run on three hits. He struck out eight to win his third straight start. Torii Hunter went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, Victor Martinez clubbed a two-run homer and drove in four, Jhonny Peralta knocked in a pair and Alex Avila, Prince Fielder and Omar Infante drove in a run apiece. It was an emphatic fifth loss in a row and ninth in 10 games for Houston, which mustered just five hits. Lucas Harrell (3-3) wasn’t even close to winning his fourth straight decision, getting tagged for eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Final Score: Kansas City 2, Chicago 0

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Jeremy Guthrie pitched a shutout and broke a Kansas City record in the process, as the Royals blanked the Chicago White Sox, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Guthrie (4-0) allowed just four hits and a walk to get his first career major league shutout. He has gone 17 straight starts without earning a loss going back to last season, breaking the franchise record set by Paul Splittorf in 1977-78. Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run triple in the first and it was all the offense the Royals needed to get the win, their third straight. White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod (0-2) gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk over 7 2/3 frames.

Final Score: Texas 5, Boston 1

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Craig Gentry went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI, as the Texas Rangers downed the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, on Saturday in the second installment of a three-game set. Ian Kinsler added a solo homer to help back a solid performance from Alexi Ogando (3-2), who tossed six-plus innings of one-run ball to pick up the win. He struck out four and allowed just six hits. Daniel Nava produced the only run for the Red Sox, who have been outscored by a 12-1 count in the first two games of the set. David Ortiz recorded a double to extend a hitting streak that dates back to last season to 24 games. John Lackey (1-2) was saddled with the loss, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks over five full frames.

Final Score: Colorado 9, Tampa Bay 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam as the Colorado Rockies edged the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-3, in the middle test of a three-game set. Troy Tulowitzki was a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in three runs and Carlos Gonzalez smashed a solo shot for the Rockies, who even the series at 1-1. Starter Jon Garland (3-2) gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over five frames in the victory. Kelly Johnson had two RBI and James Loney drove in one run for the Rays. Yunel Escobar was taken out in the second inning, after taking a pitch by Garland to the left wrist. He was replaced by Ryan Roberts, who manned second base, and Ben Zobrist moved from second to short. Rays starter David Price (1-3) surrendered nine runs on 11 hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings. Price was fined $1,000 by Major League Baseball on Thursday after tweeting about umpire Tom Hallion, who he accused of directing a profanity towards him during Sunday’s 8-3 win against the White Sox.