National League Game Capsules (Wednesday, September 7th)
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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Lucas Duda's first-inning RBI double backed seven scoreless frames from R.A. Dickey, as the Mets grabbed a 1-0 win over the Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game series. Dickey (8-11) scattered four hits and three walks while fanning three to earn his third consecutive victory. The Mets have won 10 of their last 13 games. Brad Hand (1-6) was the hard-luck loser, allowing one run on three hits and four walks over six innings.
Final Score: San Diego 3, San Francisco 1
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable homered and threw out the potential tying run at home plate in the seventh inning, as the Padres upended the contending Giants, 3-1, to salvage a three-game series. Aaron Harang (13-5) outdueled Matt Cain, allowing just one run on four hits and three walks in seven innings for San Diego, which was mired in a 1-11 funk before hurting its division rival's playoff chances. Cain (11-10), making his 200th career start, wound up on the losing end after surrendering two runs on four hits over seven frames. The setback dropped the reigning World Series champions seven games behind NL West-leading Arizona with 19 left to play.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ross Gload came through with the game- winning, pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, putting an exclamation point on Philadelphia's three-game whitewash of the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 win and cementing their dominance atop the NL East. The Phillies, who became the first team to sweep the NL wild card-leading Braves in a series of at least three games all season, widened their cushion to 10 1/2 games in the division. Placido Polanco singled in the tying run off Jonny Venters in the eighth inning.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Jaramillo singled home the winning run in the eighth to help the Pittsburgh Pirates take a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros in the rubber match of a three-game set. Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run and solo home run for the Pirates, who have won four of six. Tony Watson (2-2) got the win for recording the final out of the eighth while Brian Burres gave up four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings of starting action. It was the 600th win in the managerial career of Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle. Carlos Lee hit a two-run home run while Matt Downs and Clint Barmes each added solo shots for the Astros, who have dropped five of six. Wilton Lopez (2-6) took the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 6, Cincinnati 3
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Carlos Pena's three-run blast in the eighth inning helped the Chicago Cubs take a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber match of a three-game set. Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double while D.J. LeMahieu added an RBI single for the Cubs, who have won three of four. Kerry Wood (2-5) got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth while Ryan Dempster went six-plus innings in the start and was touched for three runs and 10 hits. Yonder Alonso went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Joey Votto had a double, triple, RBI and run scored for the Reds, who have dropped seven of their last 10. Logan Ondrusek (4-5) was handed the loss and Johnny Cueto gave up three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts over seven innings.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Carpenter tossed a four-hitter for his first shutout of the year in St. Louis' 2-0 win over Milwaukee, but the game turned ugly in the ninth inning. Carpenter (9-9), who walked a pair of batters, had five strikeouts. Rafael Furcal homered and Yadier Molina added a sacrifice fly for the Cardinals, who took two of three in the series, but have faint playoff hopes as they are 8 1/2 games behind first- place Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Cardinals don't play the Brewers again this season and have a tough test ahead by playing Atlanta and Philadelphia, two teams likely headed to the playoffs, in seven of their next 10 games. Zack Greinke (14-6) was charged with eight hits over seven innings in defeat.
Final Score: Arizona 5, Colorado 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Joe Saunders pitched six quality innings and knocked in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, as the NL West-leading Diamondbacks beat the Rockies, 5-3, in the rubber match of a three-game set. Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer and Justin Upton added a solo shot for Arizona, which extended its division lead to seven games over second-place San Francisco. Saunders (10-12) was nearly pulled after putting the first two hitters on in the sixth, but manager Kirk Gibson stuck with the veteran holding a 4-3 lead. The left-hander set down the next three hitters to get out of the jam, ending his three-run, seven-hit outing. Kevin Millwood (2-2) was one of three Rockies to hit solo home runs, but the starter yielded four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss, the club's third in four games.
Los Angeles at Washington, postponed
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The second meeting of a three-game series between the Dodgers and Nationals has been postponed due to rain. Wednesday's game at Nationals Park has been moved to Thursday, when the two teams will square off in a traditional doubleheader starting at 1:05 p.m. (et). Dana Eveland was expected to start for the Dodgers on Wednesday opposite Chien- Ming Wang.