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National League Game Capsules (Saturday, September 3rd
(Saturday, September 3rd)
Final Score: Arizona 7, San Francisco 2
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy pitched seven solid innings to pick up his 18th victory, outduel Tim Lincecum and lead the Diamondbacks in a 7-2 win over the Giants. Kennedy (18-4), who leads the National League in victories, gave up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. The Diamondbacks' offense supported him by scoring five runs in five- plus innings against Lincecum (12-12), San Francisco's ace. Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in two for Arizona, which restored its lead over the Giants in the NL West to six games. San Francisco had won the opener of this pivotal three-game series on Friday.
Final Score: Milwaukee 8, Houston 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - George Kottaras hit for the seventh cycle in Brewers history, as Milwaukee took an 8-2 win over Houston in the second of a three-game set. After flying out in the second, Kottaras hit a solo home run in the fourth, a triple in the sixth, an RBI single in the seventh and a ground-rule double in the ninth. He became the first Brewer to hit for the cycle since Jody Gerut turned the trick on May 8, 2010 at Arizona. Prince Fielder drove in two and Craig Counsell hit a two-run homer for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who have won both games of this series after being swept in a three-game set against St. Louis. Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer for the Astros, who had won four straight coming into the series.
Final Score: St. Louis 6, Cincinnati 4
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jaime Garcia pitched six solid innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the middle tilt of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Garcia (11-7) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and scattered seven hits while fanning six and walking only one batter. After the Cardinals bullpen faltered slightly, Jason Motte recorded the final five outs to earn his second save. Gerald Laird hit an RBI single, Jon Jay doubled and tripled, and Albert Pujols added an RBI single among his two hits for the Cardinals, who got back on the winning track after dropping Friday's opener. Homer Bailey (7-7) lasted only three innings in defeat, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Jay Bruce cracked a two-run homer and Edgar Renteria chipped in three hits and an RBI for the Reds, losers in five of their last six games.
Final Score: Florida 8, Philadelphia 4
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Gaby Sanchez crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer off David Herndon in the eighth, sending the Marlins past the Phillies, 8-4. Mike Cameron followed Sanchez's shot with his second homer of the night, capping a three-RBI effort for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Greg Dobbs and Mike Stanton also went deep for the victors. Cole Hamels left with a 4-3 lead after seven solid innings and knocked in a pair of runs for NL East-leading Philadelphia, which had won five straight. Hamels, in his second start since returning from a short stint on the disabled list, gave up three runs on four hits and three walks in his outing.
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Atlanta 1 (10 innings)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Juan Rivera's sacrifice fly scored Dee Gordon in the 10th inning, boosting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Braves. A.J. Ellis homered in the second inning off Mike Minor, while Atlanta's lone run came in the bottom half of the same frame on Dan Uggla's blast to left-center field off Nathan Eovaldi. The Dodgers, who have won a season-best six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games, pushed a run across against Anthony Varvaro (0-1). Mike MacDougal (2-1) escaped a jam with two runners on base in the ninth and Javy Guerra retired the side in order in the 10th for his 15th save.
Final Score: Colorado 5, San Diego 4
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Troy Tulowitzki finished 2-for-4 with a fifth-inning single that drove in the decisive run in the Colorado Rockies' 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Dexter Fowler had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored twice while Todd Helton added two hits for the Rockies, who have won the first two of the three-game series. Alex White (1-1) worked five innings, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out six and walking three to earn the win. Rafael Betancourt worked a perfect ninth to notch his sixth save of the year. Will Venable crushed a solo home run and Jesus Guzman ripped a two-run double for the Padres, losers of nine consecutive games.
Final Score: Washington 8, New York 7
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ryan Zimmerman knocked in the tying and winning runs with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Washington Nationals to an 8-7 win over the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game series. With the Nationals trailing 7-6, Jesus Flores singled off Bobby Parnell (3-5) to begin the ninth-inning rally. Johnny Gomes walked, Ian Desmond bunted, and the Mets intentionally walked Roger Bernadina to load the bases for Zimmerman, who sent a hit into shallow right field, giving the Nats the walkoff victory. Bernadina, Desmond and starting pitcher Tom Milone all cracked home runs for the Nationals, who bounced back after dropping the series opener on Friday. Jason Bay and Nick Evans cracked two-run homers for the Mets.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 7, Chicago 5
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Derrek Lee hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth to lift the Pirates to a 7-5 victory over the Cubs in the middle contest of a three-game set. Lee was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and had three hits and knocked in five runs as Pittsburgh won its second straight game on the heels of a five-game losing streak. Chris Resop (5-4) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and Joel Hanrahan threw a perfect bottom of the ninth to earn his 34th save of the year. Carlos Marmol (2-5) blew his ninth save of the year by allowing Lee's slam to take the loss. Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-3 with four RBI for Chicago, losers of three straight. Ross Ohlendorf started the game for Pittsburgh and allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks through four innings, and Casey Coleman lasted six innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out six in the start for Chicago.