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National League Game Capsules (Sunday, September 4th)
Final Score: Florida 5, Philadelphia 4 (14 innings)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Cameron worked a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Phillies in the finale of a three-game series. Clay Hensley (3-6) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief as Florida took the final two games of the series. David Herndon (1-3) worked himself out of bases loaded jams in the 12th and 13th innings, but could not get out of a third, giving Philadelphia its first back-to-back losses on the road since dropping four in a row from May 31-June 4 in Washington and Pittsburgh.
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Los Angeles 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Martin Prado's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth helped Atlanta avoid being swept in a three-game set for the first time all season, in a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles. The Braves and NL East-leading Phillies are the only two clubs in the majors which have yet to suffer a series sweep of three or more games in 2011. Craig Kimbrel (4-2) earned the win with a scoreless top of the ninth. Randall Delgado started the game in place of an injured Jair Jurrjens and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks through five innings. Blake Hawksworth (2-5) allowed the game- deciding run to take the loss. Clayton Kershaw lasted seven innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on eight hits and no walks while fanning 10 in the start for LA. Matt Kemp's three-run homer accounted for all of the Dodgers' runs as Los Angeles had its season-high six-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: New York 6, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Willie Harris' two-run single in the sixth led the New York Mets to a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals in the finale of a three-game set. Lucas Duda hit a solo home run while Ruben Tejada added a two-run single for the Mets, who have won four of their last five. Mike Pelfrey started the game for New York but was pulled after 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on five hits with five walks while Ryota Igarashi (3-1) got the win for getting the final out of the fifth. Danny Espinosa went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Wilson Ramos added two hits and an RBI for the Nationals, who have dropped four of their last five. Livan Hernandez (8-13) was tagged with the loss in his final start of the season and possibly his career. He gave up six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings and failed in a chance to move to .500 in his career as he fell to 174-176 over his 15 full seasons in the majors.
Final Score: Milwaukee 4, Houston 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum gave up just one hit over seven innings while Francisco Rodriguez and Takashi Saito each pitched a one-hit inning to help Milwaukee take a 4-0 win over Houston to sweep a three-game set. Marcum (12-5) walked one and struck out eight while Ryan Braun hit a solo home run and drove in three for the Brewers, who were swept by St. Louis prior to this series. Wandy Rodriguez (10-10) pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts for the Astros, who had won four straight coming into the series. Brian Bogusevic's double was the lone extra- base hit for Houston.
Final Score: Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 2 (10 innings)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Juan Francisco finished with four hits, including the game-winning base hit in the top of the 10th inning to send the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of a three-game series. Francisco also added a double and Edgar Renteria smacked a two-run homer for the Reds, who took two of three in this series. Bill Bray (5-2) picked up the win after getting the final out in the ninth. Francisco Cordero shut down the Cards in the bottom of the 10th to earn his 30th save of the year. Jon Jay crushed a solo homer and Daniel Descalso chipped in with an RBI triple for the Cardinals, who dropped this series after winning four straight. Fernando Salas (5-6) was saddled with the loss after giving up the winning hit.
Final Score: Chicago 6, Pittsburgh 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marlon Byrd drove in a pair of runs as the Chicago Cubs doubled up Pittsburgh, 6-3, in the last of three between the clubs at Wrigley Field. Starlin Castro and Bryan LaHair each posted two hits and an RBI, while Carlos Pena walked four times and scored twice for the Cubs, who snapped a three-game slide and avoided a sweep. Randy Wells (7-4) worked six innings for the win, scattering seven hits and one run. Neil Walker hit a two-run home run for the Pirates, who have lost six of their last eight. Charlie Morton (9-9) lasted just 4 1/3 innings in defeat, charged for seven hits and four runs -- three earned -- with five walks.
Final Score: San Diego 7, Colorado 2
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Mat Latos tossed seven strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Petco Park. Latos (7-13) gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight and issuing only one walk. Joe Thatcher finished off the Rockies in the clean-up role in the top of the ninth to seal the win for San Diego Will Venable hit a three-run triple, Jeremy Hermida collected two hits and three RBI and Jesus Guzman picked up three hits for the Padres, who snapped a nine-game skid. Aaron Cook (3-9) worked six innings in defeat, yielding three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out two. Mark Ellis and Seth Smith each drove in a run for the Rockies, who took two of three in the series.
Final Score: Arizona 4, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Willie Bloomquist's two-run triple was part of a big eighth inning as Arizona solidified its lead in the NL West with a 4-1 win over San Francisco in the finale of a three-game set. Coming into the weekend series, the Diamondbacks were riding a nine-game winning streak and held a six-game lead over the Giants in the division. Friday's loss broke the streak and set up a chance for San Francisco to make some headway in the division, but the Diamondbacks took Saturday's contest and the win on Sunday moved the team seven games up. Ryan Roberts hit a solo home run with one out in the eighth and Aaron Hill later singled home Bloomquist in the frame to give the Diamondbacks the win. Daniel Hudson (15-9) won his third straight start as he pitched seven solid innings for Arizona, giving up just one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. David Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 eighth while J.J. Putz did the same in the ninth for his 36th save of the season. Cody Ross' home run in the first inning accounted for the only run for the Giants, who have lost four of six. Ryan Vogelsong (10-6) was cruising through his start until the eighth inning and wound up with the loss after giving up two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 frames. It was his fourth loss in as many starts despite giving up no more than three runs in each of those starts.