National League Game Capsules (Wednesday, August 31st)
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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Padres, 4-2, on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Barajas' homer in the second inning gave Los Angeles an early 3-1 lead that stood up. Ted Lilly (9-13) earned the win in 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Josh Lindblom, Scott Elbert and Mike MacDougal combined to throw 2 1/3 innings and Javy Guerra worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to record his 13th save. San Diego starter Wade LeBlanc hit an RBI single, but took the loss on the mound. LeBlanc (2-4) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 4, Chicago 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner tied a career high in strikeouts over eight scoreless innings as San Francisco avoided a sweep by handing the Chicago Cubs a 4-0 defeat in the finale of a three-game set. Bumgarner (9-12) fanned 11 -- matching the mark he set on June 26 against Cleveland -- scattering a pair of hits and as many walks en route to his third win in four decisions. Jeff Keppinger had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two for the Giants, who snapped a three-game slide. Pablo Sandoval added a solo shot and Chris Stewart posted two hits and knocked in a run for the victors. Rodrigo Lopez (4-6) dropped his third straight start after allowing nine hits and four runs over 5 1/3 frames for the Cubs, who continued their late-season skid by losing for the eighth time in 11 tries.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 0
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cliff Lee capped off an outstanding month of August by pitching into the ninth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Cincinnati Reds again, 3-0, at Great American Ball Park. Lee (15-7), who turned 33 on Tuesday, came within an out of recording his sixth shutout prior to the Reds loading the bases. Joey Votto doubled, Jay Bruce worked a walk -- the only one issued by Lee -- and Miguel Cairo was hit by a pitch. Ryan Madson retired pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso on a pop in foul territory to earn his 25th save. Lee won each of his five starts this month, limiting the opposition to a pair of runs in 39 2/3 innings for a 0.45 ERA. The left-hander's performance rivaled his effort in June, when he compiled a 5-0 record with a 0.21 ERA. Hunter Pence homered to begin the sixth for Philadelphia, which has taken the first three of this four-game series to move 40 games over .500 (86-46). Dontrelle Willis (0-4) gave up three runs on five hits, walked five and fanned six in 6 2/3 frames for the Reds, who managed only four hits in Tuesday's 9-0 setback.
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Washington 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Derek Lowe pitched into the seventh and added his first career home run as Atlanta downed Washington, 3-1, in the middle test of a three-game set. Lowe (9-12) scattered three hits and allowed a run, while fanning six and walking two. Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless ninth to set a new major- league rookie record with his 41st save. Chipper Jones launched a solo homer and Dan Uggla drove in the other run for the NL wild card-leading Braves, who snapped a two-game slide. Michael Morse's seventh- inning home run was the lone offense for the Nationals, who have dropped seven of eight. John Lannan (8-11) fanned six and walked one over seven full frames, but was tagged for seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- in the loss.
Final Score: New York 3, Florida 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Lucas Duda singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. lifting the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Marlins in the fourth game of a five-game series. David Wright and Jose Reyes both posted two hits and a run scored in New York's fifth win in six games. Manny Acosta (2-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Chris Capuano started the game and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks through five innings. Bobby Parnell put the game-tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but closed out the game to earn his third save of the year. Chris Volstad (5-12) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks to take his fourth straight loss. Jose Lopez knocked in both of Florida's runs as the Marlins finished the month of August with a 7-20 record.
Final Score: Houston 2, Pittsburgh 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - J.A. Happ tossed seven scoreless innings and the Houston Astros shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0, at Minute Maid Park. Happ (5-15) scattered three hits, walked one and struck out six. The Astros completed just their second sweep of the season -- they took three from the Cubs from May 30-June 1 -- and first at home since beating the St. Louis Cardinals three times from August 30-September 1, 2010.
Final Score: St. Louis 8, Milwaukee 3
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Jake Westbrook hit a grand slam for his first career homer and pitched five innings for the win, leading the Cardinals over the Brewers, 8-3, on Wednesday. Westbrook homered in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie and St. Louis cut Milwaukee's lead to 8 1/2 games atop the NL Central. The Cardinals have captured the first two games of this three-game set to hand the red-hot Brewers their first series loss since they dropped two of three at San Francisco from July 22-24. Westbrook (11-7) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits for only his second win in seven starts. St. Louis improved to 5-1 in its last six games, while Milwaukee fell to 27-7 in its last 34. The Brewers went 21-7 in August, falling one win short of setting a new franchise record for victories in a month. The 1978 team was 21-9 in June.
Final Score: Arizona 4, Colorado 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Miguel Montero set the tone with a three-run homer in the first inning, as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-2 victory at Chase Field. The NL West leaders have won nine games in a row and extended their home winning streak to a club-record 12 games. Arizona will begin a three-game series against its closest pursuer in the division -- the Giants -- in San Francisco on Friday. The defending World Series champs are six games behind the Diamondbacks. Rookie Josh Collmenter (9-8) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings for Arizona. Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run for the Rockies, who fell to 1-5 since a five-game winning streak. Esmil Rogers (6-4) surrendered four runs on seven hits in six frames to absorb the loss.
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