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National League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Even a long rain delay couldn't slow down the Phillies from winning another Vance Worley start. The rookie right-hander fanned six over six strong innings and Raul Ibanez went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Philadelphia's 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at a soggy Citizens Bank Park. Worley (11-1), who gave up seven hits and a pair of runs, won his ninth straight decision since his lone loss of the season May 29 on the road against the Mets. What's more impressive, though, is the team's 14-game winning streak in Worley starts. It's the longest such run for the Phillies since they won in 15 straight starts by Steve Carlton in 1972. Carlton's streak is the longest of its kind for the Phillies in a single season. Chase Utley homered for the Phillies, who have opened this key three-game series with back-to-back wins to move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves in the NL East.
Final Score: Houston 4, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Brett Myers sparkled in 7 2/3 innings for his first win in nearly three months, leading the Houston Astros to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle tilt of a three-game series at PNC Park. Myers (4-13) gave up one run on four hits while striking out six without issuing a walk. It was his first win since June 17, when he threw a complete game in a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mark Melancon worked a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save of the season. Humberto Quintero finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, while Jimmy Paredes added three hits and an RBI for the Astros, who snapped a four-game skid. Ryan Doumit cracked a solo home run to account for the lone run and Garrett Jones chipped in with a double for Pittsburgh, which has lost seven of its last 10.
Final Score: Los Angeles 7, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg made his first major league start in over a year, tossing five shutout innings, but the Nationals fell to the Dodgers, 7-3, in the second test of a four-game series. Strasburg allowed just two hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out four. His fastball topped out at 99 mph and his changeup averaged in the low 90s. He was on a limited pitch count on a rainy night and threw 40 of his 56 pitches for strikes. Strasburg had not pitched in the majors since August 21, 2010, because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, an injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery. Rod Barajas' two-run double in the eighth inning off of Henry Rodriguez (3-3) put the Dodgers ahead for good as they handed the Nationals their 11th loss in 14 games. Andre Ethier added two hits and four RBI as Los Angeles improved to 12-3 over its last 15.
Final Score: New York 7, Florida 4 (12 innings)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Nick Evans drove in three runs, including the tie-breaking single in the 12th inning, boosting the Mets to a 7-4 win over the Marlins at a rainy Sun Life Stadium. Angel Pagan doubled twice among his three hits, drove in a run and also scored twice for New York, which won for the ninth time in its last 12 games. Justin Turner added three hits and an RBI for the Mets, who won despite leaving 15 men on base. Mike Cameron belted the tying two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Bobby Parnell, but the Mets fended off a Marlins chance with two men in scoring position in the 11th when Ryota Igarashi (4-1) fanned Donnie Murphy.
Final Score: Cincinnati 4, Chicago 2 (13 innings)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Joey Votto hit the go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 13th inning and Miguel Cairo added a run-scoring single in the deciding frame, as Cincinnati outlasted Chicago, 4-2, in the middle test of a three-game series from Wrigley Field. Aroldis Chapman (4-1) tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win, and Francisco Cordero turned in a perfect 13th to earn his 31st save. Cordero posted his 321st career save, tying him with Jose Mesa for the all-time record by Dominican-born relievers. Dave Sappelt posted three hits and scored twice for the Reds, who dropped the opener on Monday by a 4-3 count.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jon Jay and Matt Holliday each homered, and Kyle Lohse hurled six shutout innings to help the Cardinals' fading chances with a 4-2 victory over the NL Central-leading Brewers. Lohse (13-8), pitching on eight days' rest, scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six for second-place St. Louis, which had lost three of four coming in and still trails Milwaukee by a daunting 9 1/2 games. Yovani Gallardo (15-10) continued his career-long struggles against the Cardinals, yielding three runs on four hits and three walks in a six-inning start to fall to 1-7 in 11 lifetime starts against them.
Final Score: Colorado 8, Arizona 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Troy Tulowitzki hit the go-ahead three-run home run in a seven-run eighth inning to push Colorado past Arizona, 8-3, in the second portion of a three-game series from Coors Field. Jordan Pacheco added two hits and two RBI in his first major league game, while Seth Smith went 3- for-4 with two triples and two runs scored for the Rockies, who lost two in a row including Monday's series opener. Matt Belisle (10-4) picked up the win by notching the final out of the eighth. Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero each knocked in a run for the NL West-leading D-Backs, who saw their three-game win streak snapped and lost for just the second time in their last 14 games. David Hernandez (3-3) was charged in defeat for five runs on five hits and recording only two outs.
Final Score: San Francisco 6, San Diego 4
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Brett Pill belted a two-run homer in his first major league at-bat and Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4 with three RBI in San Francisco's 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Giants, who have won the first two contests of this three-game set, are six games behind the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Arizona lost to Colorado Tuesday night. Left-hander Eric Surkamp (1-0), who was recalled from the minors to make his second major league start, allowed five hits and three runs over five innings to record his first win. Santiago Casilla struggled in the ninth inning, allowing a pinch- hit RBI double to Anthony Rizzo. He then hit Cameron Maybin and Jason Bartlett before Giants manager Bruce Bochy summoned Ramon Ramirez from the bullpen. He fanned Jesus Guzman to end the game and notched his fourth save. Nick Hundley homered for the Padres, losers in 11 of their last 12 games. Wade LeBlanc (2-5) allowed eight hits and four runs over five innings to take the loss.