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National League Game Capsules (Thursday, September 8th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 7, Washington 4 (Game One) Postponed: Los Angeles at Washington (Game Two)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Tony Gwynn Jr. cracked a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning to send the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-4 win over Washington in the opener of a doubleheader at Nationals Park. Dee Gordon finished 4-for-5 with an RBI and Juan Rivera added a pair of two-run doubles for the Dodgers. Mike MacDougal (3-1) worked a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Javy Guerra shut down the Nats in the ninth to notch his 16th save of the season. Jayson Werth ripped a two-run homer, while Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse added RBI doubles for the Nationals. The second game of Thursday's twin-bill was postponed due to rain. The game will only be played if necessary at the end of the season.
Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 5 (Game One) Final Score: Atlanta 5, New York 1 (Game Two)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and Chipper Jones added a solo home run, as the Braves edged the New York Mets, 6-5, in the opener of a doubleheader while Chipper Jones and David Ross both drove in two runs to help the Braves sweep the twinbill with a 5-1 win in the second game. Atlanta leads the NL wild card by 7 1/2 games over St. Louis. The Braves visit the Cardinals for a three-game set beginning Friday. Mike Minor (5-2) got the win in the opener while Julio Teheran (1-1) notched the first win of his career in the second contest.
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - In a battle of the top two teams in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies came away with the win as a six-run sixth inning along with a complete game from Cole Hamels lifted them to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. This four-game series is potential playoff preview as both teams have comfortable leads in their divisions. Thursday's contest saw the Phillies add to the best record in baseball as Hunter Pence's two-run triple was the highlight of the sixth inning and backed Hamels' third complete game of the season. Hamels (14-7) gave up just four hits and two runs with a pair of walks and strikeouts as the Phillies won their fourth game in a row. It was his first win since August 6 as he had a stint on the DL with left shoulder inflammation and was winless in his previous three starts. He is now one win away from matching his career high set in 2007. The victory reduced Philadelphia's magic number to 11 for clinching their fifth straight NL East crown. Yuniesky Betancourt and Corey Hart each hit a solo home run for the Brewers, who have dropped three straight and saw their lead over St. Louis in the NL Central drop to eight games. Chris Narveson (10-7) was tagged for six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Arizona 4, San Diego 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy pitched into the eighth inning for his National League-leading 19th win as the Arizona Diamondbacks took a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a four-game series. Kennedy (19-4) gave up just one run on seven hits with a season-high 11 strikeouts to win for the 11th time in his past 12 starts. He lowered his earned run average to 2.90. Since giving up seven runs on July 3 to Oakland, he hasn't allowed more than three in a start and has lost just once, on August 18 at Philadelphia. Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt both hit solo home runs for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of six and moved to 7 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco for top spot in the NL West. Will Venable drove in the lone run for the Padres, who have lost 12 of their last 14. Cory Luebke (5-9) dropped his third straight start as he was touched for two runs on three hits with four walks and nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.