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National League Game Capsules (Thursday, September 1st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Howard and Michael Martinez homered to help the Phillies win another of Vance Worley's starts, as Philadelphia completed a four-game sweep of the Reds with a 6-4 victory. Philadelphia hadn't swept a four-game series in Cincinnati since 1916, and completed the feat Thursday thanks to Worley (10-1), who limited the Reds to four runs in six-plus innings. The Phillies have won his last 13 starts, the longest stretch for the team this season. The rookie right-hander hasn't lost since May 29. Worley allowed a three-run homer to Chris Heisey before being pulled, but by that point Philadelphia had built a 6-1 lead, thanks to the Howard and Martinez homers. Reds starter Mike Leake (11-9) also gave up four runs in six innings, but took the loss because he gave up the first three runs in the game, and Cincinnati's offense couldn't erase the deficit.
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Pittsburgh 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Dana Eveland pitched spectacularly on Thursday, going eight strong innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Eveland (1-0), who was making his first start since June 7, 2010 when he was a member of the Pirates, gave up one run on six hits, while fanning three and walking none. Kenley Jansen relieved Blake Hawksworth after he had given up two runs in the ninth to earn his third save of the season. Dee Gordon ripped a two-run double, while Aaron Miles added a two-run single for the Dodgers, winners of nine of their last 10 games, and four straight. Brad Lincoln (1-1) yielded three runs on six hits over six innings, while striking out three and walking three to absorb the loss for the Pirates, who have dropped five consecutive games. Alex Presley clubbed a two-run homer, Ryan Doumit had three hits and Chase d'Arnaud chipped in with two hits in defeat.
Final Score: St. Louis 8, Milwaukee 4
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, as the St. Louis Cardinals earned a 8-4 win to complete a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Brewers. Matt Holliday hit the 200th homer of his career and Rafael Furcal added a solo shot for the Cardinals, who have won four straight and six of seven. Brandon Dickson allowed three runs on six hits in his first major-league start, but lasted just 3 1/3 innings. Octavio Dotel (1-2) struck out five in 2 2/3 frames of scoreless relief to secure the win. Yovani Gallardo (15-9) was victimized for eight runs on nine hits, including a career-high four home runs, in 4 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. Jonathan Lucroy, Corey Hart and Prince Fielder each homered for the Brewers, who were swept at Miller Park for the first time this season. Despite the sweep, St. Louis still trails Milwaukee by 7 1/2 games.
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Washington 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Brian McCann and Chipper Jones both hit solo home runs to back six solid innings from Tim Hudson, as the Atlanta Braves earned a 5-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the rubber match of a three-game series. Hudson (14-8) allowed one run on five hits to record the win. He walked two and struck out five. Alex Gonzalez had a pair of RBI for the Braves, who have won nine of 12 and lead the NL Wild Card race by a comfortable 8 1/2 games. A night after setting the major league rookie saves record, Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to record his 42nd rescue of the season. Chien-Ming Wang (2-3) lasted 5 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits to suffer the loss. Jayson Werth hit a home run for the Nationals, who have dropped eight of their last nine games.
Final Score: New York 7, Florida 5
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - David Wright and Lucas Duda both drove in a pair of runs as the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins, 7-5, in the finale of five-game series at Citi Field. Miguel Batista (4-2) tossed six solid innings in his Mets debut, limiting Florida to two runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts to record his 100th career win. New York signed the 40-year-old right-hander to a minor league deal in July after he was released by the St. Louis Cardinals. Emilio Bonifacio had three RBI for the Marlins, who dropped four of five in the series. Clay Hensley (2-6) allowed four runs -- two earned - on two hits and two walks in two-plus innings to absorb the loss.