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National League Game Capsules (Friday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Garrett Jones, Josh Harrison and Jose Tabata each drove in a run to back 5 1/3 solid innings from Brian Burres, as the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Chicago Cubs, 3-1, in the opener of a three- game series. Burres (1-0), making his first appearance in the majors this season, gave up one run on five hits to pick up the win. The southpaw went 4-5 with the Pirates over 20 appearances (13 starts) in 2010. Pittsburgh, which snapped a five-game skid, lost outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the first inning. Ryan Dempster threw a fastball that hit the top of McCutchen's left hand. He was able to run the bases but did not take the field in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Presley moved from left field to center and Tabata came off the bench to play left. Tabata did not start because of an injured wrist. Carlos Pena homered for the Cubs, who have lost two in a row since a two-game winning streak. Dempster (10-11) gave up three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. He struck out nine and walked one in his third straight defeat.
Final Score: New York 7, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - For a team that doesn't usually have a lot of offensive firepower, the New York Mets showed some pop on Friday night, using three home runs to top the Washington Nationals 7-3 in the opener of a three-game series. David Wright, Nick Evans and Lucas Duda all clubbed homers and Angel Pagan added a two-run single for the Mets, who have won three consecutive games. R.A. Dickey (7-11) worked six-plus solid innings, giving up three runs on nine hits while fanning one without issuing a walk. Josh Stinson and Daniel Ray Herrera combined to finish off the Nats in the ninth. Rick Ankiel ripped a two-run homer and Michael Morse chipped in with an RBI single for the Nationals, losers of three straight and nine of their last 10 contests. Ross Detwiler (2-5) was hammered in defeat, giving up six runs on seven hits in just three innings of work. He struck out two and walked none.
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Florida 3
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - John Mayberry Jr. belted a two-run homer and added a sacrifice fly, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins, 5-3, to move 42 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice for the Phillies (88-46), who were coming off a four-game sweep in Cincinnati. Philadelphia starter Roy Oswalt (7-8) gave up three runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Jose Lopez hit a solo home run for Florida, which has dropped five of six. Recalled from Double-A Jacksonville on Friday, Brad Hand (1-5) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and three walks in five-plus frames.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Atlanta 6
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - James Loney highlighted a five-run seventh inning with a three-run double, as the surging Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from an early deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves, 8-6, in the opener of a three-game series at Turner Field. Juan Rivera recorded three RBI and Andre Ethier added a two-run single for Los Angeles, which has won 10 of its last 11 games. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley surrendered five runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and walked three in four-plus innings. Hong-Chih Kuo (1-2) tossed two innings of relief to pick up the win. Michael Bourn and Alex Gonzalez both had two hits and knocked in a run for the Braves, who led 5-0 after three frames. Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy gave up three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out seven in six innings.
Final Score: Milwaukee 8, Houston 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Lucas Harrell and the Astros did a good job holding the Brewers off the scoreboard for six innings Friday. Then Milwaukee's lineup came to life. The Brewers exploded for eight runs in the final three innings to beat the Astros, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game series. Milwaukee was coming off a disastrous series against St. Louis, in which it was swept in three games and outscored by an 18-8 margin. But the NL Central- leading Brewers rebounded with Friday's win, and extended their advantage over the second-place Cardinals to 8 1/2 games. Ryan Braun hit a go- ahead two-run single in the seventh, Casey McGehee slugged a two-run homer in the eighth and Prince Fielder added a two-run shot in the ninth. Harrell was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his first start with the Astros, who claimed him off waivers from the White Sox in July. The right- hander pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks, to put Houston in position to win. But the Astros' bullpen failed -- Aneury Rodriguez (1-6) was responsible for three runs in the seventh, David Carpenter allowed McGehee's homer and Jordan Lyles gave up three runs in the ninth as Houston had its four-game win streak broken.
Final Score: Cincinnati 11, St. Louis 8
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Juan Francisco cracked a three-run homer and finished with five RBI to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a slugfest of an opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Yonder Alonso smacked a two-run homer and Todd Frazier added a solo shot for the Reds, who came into the series having suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies. Jose Arredondo (4-4) tossed one inning of relief to earn the win, giving up one run and one hit, while Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) gave up two runs on two hits in the seventh inning to take the loss. Rafael Furcal, Matt Holliday and David Freese all hit solo homers, while Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols added two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who had their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: Colorado 3, San Diego 0
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Millwood tossed seven scoreless innings and Troy Tulowitzki knocked in a pair of runs to push the Rockies over the Padres, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Millwood (2-1) scattered seven hits and struck out eight, while Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt each hurled an inning of relief to finish off the shutout, with Betancourt picking up his fifth save. Jonathan Herrera went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for Colorado, which had just been swept in a three-game series at Arizona. Aaron Harang (12-5) was the hard-luck loser after allowing three-runs -- two earned -- on five hits over seven innings. San Diego did not record an extra-base hit in its season-high ninth straight loss.
Final Score: San Francisco 6, Arizona 2
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross hit two-run homers, backing eight strong innings from Matt Cain and helping the Giants earn a 6-2 victory over the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Arizona entered Friday's contest on a nine-game winning streak and with a six- game lead in the division. But San Francisco cooled off the Diamondbacks to pull within five games, doing so thanks in large part to Beltran. He went 4-for-4 with a triple, the homer and three runs batted in. It was his first four-hit game of the season, and his best game since the Giants acquired him from the Mets in July. Beltran had totaled just one homer and 20 hits in his first 20 games with San Francisco, and spent time on the disabled list. Cain (11-9) limited Arizona to two runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders (9-12) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.