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National League Game Capsules (Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, New York 4
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Aramis Ramirez singled home two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets in the second of three games from Citi Field. New York's fourth error of the contest ignited Chicago's comeback against Bobby Parnell (3-6). David Wright booted Geovany Soto's leadoff grounder to third and Bryan LaHair doubled pinch-runner Lou Montanez to third. Carlos Marmol worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth for his 34th save to close out Chicago's fourth win in six games. Randy Wells, who entered the contest 5-0 in his previous seven starts, was charged with two runs on seven hits in seven-plus innings. He walked one and struck out three. Wood (3-5) was credited with the win despite blowing a save for the six time this season. New York starter Chris Capuano went the first seven innings and surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Final Score: Colorado 12, Cincinnati 7
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer and drove in three as Colorado downed Cincinnati, 12-7, in the second of a three-game weekend set from Coors Field. Jordan Pacheco hit a solo shot and also knocked in three runs for the Rockies, who won for just the fourth time in 10 games. Dexter Fowler added a two-run blast, Troy Tulowitzki posted two RBI and scored twice to ensure that Alex White (2-1) earned the win despite allowing eight hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over five innings. Chris Heisey recorded three hits went deep twice, while Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Juan Francisco also homered for the Reds, who have dropped three of five. Matt Maloney (0-2) was charged in the loss for one earned run on three hits in two relief frames. Starter Bronson Arroyo recorded only three outs, giving up seven hits and six runs total.
Final Score: Florida 3, Pittsburgh 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Anibal Sanchez threw a one-hit shutout and tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts, leading the Florida Marlins to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Sanchez (8-7) gave up a one-out double to Neil Walker in the second inning and also walked three, but rarely found trouble for only his second win in 16 starts since mid-June. He retired the final 16 batters he faced after walking Ryan Ludwick with one out in the fourth. Ludwick was retired on a double play, meaning Sanchez faced the minimum in each of his last six innings. John Buck hit a two-run double and Donnie Murphy had a sacrifice fly during a three-run third inning for the Marlins, who have won both games of this three- game series so far and five of their last seven. Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke (0-1) took the loss in his major league debut after giving up three runs on five hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out one. The Pirates have lost nine of their last 13.
Final Score: Houston 9, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Carlos Corporan drove in three runs as the Houston Astros downed the Washington Nationals, 9-3, in the second of a three- game series. Jason Bourgeois went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Chris Johnson and Angel Sanchez each scored twice for the Astros, who had lost six of seven coming into Saturday's action. Wandy Rodriguez (11-10) gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings to get the win. Chris Marrero drove in a pair of runs for the Nationals, who have lost three of four. John Lannan (9-12) was tagged four six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Milwaukee 2 (10 innings)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - LaTroy Hawkins' throwing error in the top of the 10th inning allowed Philadelphia to score the go-ahead run, as the Phillies took down the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2, in the third test of a four- game series. Hawkins (1-1) started on the mound for the Brewers in the 10th and Raul Ibanez led off with a double to right. Carlos Ruiz followed with a nice bunt that Hawkins picked up and threw wildly to first, allowing Ibanez to score. Hawkins retired the next three batters to keep it a 3-2 game. Ryan Madson worked around a leadoff walk in the home 10th to give the Phillies their sixth straight victory. With the Braves losing to the Cardinals on Saturday, Philadelphia's magic number to win the NL East for a fifth straight year shrunk to seven. Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence hit solo homers for the Phillies, who got another solid outing from Cliff Lee. The left-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two. Yuniesky Betancourt and Casey McGehee each drove in a run for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row. Milwaukee's lead over St. Louis in the NL Central is down to six. Ex-Phillie Randy Wolf allowed two runs on nine hits over a seven-inning start for the Brewers.
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Atlanta 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Lance Berkman and David Freese both had an RBI double, backing six solid innings from Jaime Garcia, as the Cardinals downed the Braves, 4-3, in the middle contest of a three-game series. Garcia (12-7) allowed three runs on eight hits to earn the win. He struck out four and did not issue a walk. Jason Motte stranded Jason Heyward at third base to record his fourth save of the season. Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina both had an RBI single for the Cardinals, who won Friday's series-opener, 4-3, on Nick Punto's 10th-inning sac fly. They have won four straight to climb within 5 1/2 games of Atlanta in the NL Wild Card race. Derek Lowe (9-14) surrendered four runs on nine hits over six innings to suffer the loss. He walked two and fanned six. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who have lost seven of their last 10 games.
Final Score: Arizona 6, San Diego 5 (10 innings)
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Lyle Overbay drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks earned a 6-5 comeback win over the San Diego Padres. Overbay and Chris Young hit back-to-back homers an inning earlier to send the game into extras. David Hernandez (4-3) stranded two runners in the top of the 10th to earn the win for the Diamondbacks, who lead the NL West by nine games. The second-place Giants play the Dodgers on Saturday. Joe Thatcher issued the decisive walk in the home 10th after Brad Brach (0-1) allowed the Diamondbacks to load the bases. James Darnell hit his first major league home run for the Padres, who have lost 14 of their last 16 games.
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, San Francisco 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Dana Eveland sparkled in just his second start of the season, tossing seven-plus scoreless innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 win over the NL West-rival San Francisco Giants in the middle test of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Eveland (2-0) threw 63 of his 94 pitches for strikes, and gave up only three hits while fanning three and walking two. He gave up only one run over eight frames in his first outing of the season on September 1 against the Pirates. Kenley Jansen finished a scoreless eighth and Javy Guerra shut down the Giants in the ninth to notch his 18th save of the season. Juan Rivera had three hits, while potential MVP candidate Matt Kemp and James Loney both smacked triples for the Dodgers, winners of four straight. Brett Pill clubbed a double for the Giants, who have lost three straight and eight of 12. Ryan Vogelsong (10-7) was saddled with the loss, surrendering three runs on nine hits over eight full frames while fanning six and walking one.