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National League Game Capsules (Monday, September 5th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Los Angeles 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michael Morse hit a pair of home runs as the Nationals powered past the Dodgers, 7-2, to begin a four-game series. Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth also went deep for the Nationals, winners in two of their last three games. John Lannan (9-11) allowed one run on five hits and two walks though 5 1/3 innings to earn his first win since August 2. Hiroki Kuroda (11-15) tossed six innings, yielding five runs on eight hits while striking out nine. His career-high four-game winning streak was broken. Matt Kemp and Justin Sellers each had run-scoring doubles as Los Angeles dropped its second straight contest after a six-game win streak.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Houston 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - James McDonald pitched into the eighth inning and Derrek Lee homered as the Pirates took a 3-1 victory over the Astros in the opener of a three-game series. McDonald (9-7) allowed one run on three hits and three walks while fanning si through 7 1/3 innings in Pittsburgh's third win in four games. Joel Hanrahan put the game-tying runs in scoring position in the ninth, but closed out the game to earn his 35th save of the year. Henry Sosa (2-3) went six full frames, surrendering two runs on six hits and three walks to take the loss. Jose Altuve had a run- scoring triple for the Astros, who dropped their fourth straight game.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Cincinnati 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Aramis Ramirez drove in a pair of runs and Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning as Chicago slipped by Cincinnati, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series from Wrigley Field. Alfonso Soriano knocked in a run and Starlin Castro scored twice for the Cubs, who have won two in a row after losing three straight. Garza (8-10) allowed six hits and one earned run while fanning eight and walking three in 7 2/3 innings, posting his third win in four starts. Carlos Marmol turned in an uneventful ninth to earn his 32nd save. Yonder Alonso picked up two hits and an RBI for the Reds, who have lost six of their last eight. Dontrelle Willis (0-5) worked seven full frames in defeat, charged for six hits and four runs, while walking five and fanning eight.
Final Score: Arizona 10, Colorado 7
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Geoff Blum hit a solo home run and finished 3- for-5 with three RBI as the Arizona Diamondbacks took a 10-7 win over the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game set. Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs while Justin Upton hit a solo homer and scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and 12 of their last 13. With the win, Arizona maintained its seven-game lead over San Francisco for first place in the NL West as the Giants beat the Padres on Monday. Wade Miley (3-1) won his third straight start as he was touched for just two runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over seven innings. Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run home run in the ninth to make the game close, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockies from losing for a fifth time in their past seven games. Esmil Rogers (6-5) dropped his fourth decision in his past five starts as he gave up six runs on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 7, San Diego 2
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval backed Madison Bumgarner's stellar outing with two solo homers, as the Giants downed the Padres, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game series. Bumgarner (10-12) registered a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed just two runs on seven hits over 8 1/3 innings. Cody Ross went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI for the Giants, who had lost five of their previous seven, including two straight to the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Tim Stauffer (8-12) allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings to suffer the loss. Nick Hundley hit a home run, Jesus Guzman had an RBI single and Chris Denorfia had a pair of doubles for the Padres, losers of 10 of their last 11 games.
Final Score: Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Randy Wolf pitched eight outstanding innings and the Milwaukee Brewers widened their lead in the NL Central to double- digits with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Ryan Braun and Nyjer Morgan homered for the Brewers, who moved 10 1/2 games ahead of the second- place Cardinals, who swept a three-game set at Milwaukee last week. Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI infield hit in the second inning of the opener of this three-game set. Last Wednesday, Wolf was on the losing end of an 8-3 final against Jake Westbrook, but on Labor Day the lefty got the better half of the pitching rematch. Wolf (12-9) gave up four hits, a run, walked two and had five strikeouts to win for the sixth time in his last seven decisions. He also had a pair of hits. John Axford retired the side in order in the final inning for his 41st save. Westbrook (11-8), who hadn't lost in his previous three starts, gave up nine hits, but had nine strikeouts over six innings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Atlanta 0
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Cliff Lee recorded his major league- leading sixth whitewash of the season and continued his amazing shutout streak, as the Philadelphia Phillies pounded the Atlanta Braves, 9-0, to extend their lead in the NL East. Lee (16-7), who won his seventh straight start, has pitched 29 2/3 straight shutout innings. His ERA is 0.37 during the winning streak. He also became the fourth lefty in Phillies history with 200 strikeouts in a single season when he struck out Freddie Freeman in the second inning. Hunter Pence knocked in three runs and Shane Victorino added a two-run single for the Phillies, who moved 8 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves. Carlos Ruiz recorded a two-run base hit for Philadelphia, which has won six of its last eight contests. Ryan Howard belted a solo homer in the opener of this three-game set.
Final Score: Florida 9, New York 3
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Emilio Bonifacio and Gaby Sanchez both finished with three hits and two RBI, backing seven strong innings from Javier Vazquez and helping the Marlins to a 9-3 victory over the Mets. Vazquez (9-11) gave up only one run on six hits to win his second start in a row. He also didn't walk a batter and struck out seven, pushing his career total to 2,507 and passing Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson (2,502) for 29th place all-time. The right- handed Vazquez benefited from a steady flow of offensive support. Jose Lopez, who homered, and Logan Morrison also finished with three hits in the Marlins' third consecutive win.