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National League Game Capsules (Sunday, September 11th)
Final Score: Florida 4, Pittsburgh 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Javier Vazquez tossed six scoreless innings and Donnie Murphy knocked in two runs as the Marlins took a 4-1 victory over the Pirates to finish off a season sweep of Pittsburgh. Florida won all six of the meetings between the teams this year and 12 of the last 13 games overall. Vazquez (10-11) scattered three hits and two walks while fanning seven. Leo Nunez faced the minimum in the ninth to earn his 34th save of the year. James McDonald (9-8) allowed four runs on five hits and four walks through 4 2/3 innings to take the loss for the Pirates. Jason Jaramillo brought in the lone run for Pittsburgh, losers in five of its last seven games.
Final Score: Washington 8, Houston 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive home runs to start the third inning and that was plenty for Washington to take an 8-2 win over Houston. Stephen Strasburg made his second start of the season and went three innings, charged with one run on three hits with four strikeouts for the Nationals, who had lost three of four coming in. Tom Gorzelanny (3-6) earned the win for pitching three scoreless innings. Carlos Lee drove in a run for the Astros, who have dropped seven of nine and are just three losses away from 100 on the season. Henry Sosa (2-4) was tagged for five runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, Philadelphia 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - To salvage a four-game series with the Phillies, the Brewers did something Sunday that no team had in more than three months. They beat Vance Worley. Nyjer Morgan hit an RBI double and scored on Ryan Braun's go-ahead single in a two-run seventh inning, lifting Milwaukee to a 3-2 win over Philadelphia, which had won the first three games of the series. The Phillies had a 14-game winning streak snapped in starts made by Worley (11-2), the 23-year-old righty who had produced nothing but victories since May 29. The streak fell one short of the team-record 15 consecutive wins in starts by Steve Carlton during the 1972 season. Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino both hit solo homers for the Phillies, who had a six-game overall winning streak snapped. The NL East leaders could have clinched a playoff berth with a win and a St. Louis Cardinals loss on Sunday. Yovani Gallardo (16-10) won first time in three starts after allowing just three hits, including the homers to Howard and Victorino, and one walk while tying a career-high with 12 strikeouts.
Final Score: St. Louis 6, Atlanta 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Yadier Molina's three-run double highlighted a five-run third inning, as the Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Braves with a 6-3 victory. Jake Westbrook (12-8) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. He walked one and struck out four. Jon Jay went 2- for-3 with two runs scored and Albert Pujols added an RBI for the Cardinals, who moved within 4 1/2 games of Atlanta in the NL wild card race. They remain six games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers, who beat the Phillies, 3-2, on Sunday. Tim Hudson (14-10) gave up six runs on eight hits over six innings to suffer the loss. Chipper Jones hit a home run for the Braves, who have lost three straight and eight of their last 11 games.
Final Score: Colorado 4, Cincinnati 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Drew Pomeranz sparkled in his first major league start, tossing five scoreless innings to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field. Pomeranz (1-0) gave up only two hits while fanning two and walking two for the Rockies, who won the final two games of the set. Jason Hammel gave up one run in four innings of relief to close out the victory and earn his first save of the year. Ty Wigginton clubbed a solo home run, while Jordan Pacheco and Kevin Kouzmanoff collected RBI. Eric Young Jr. added two hits for Colorado. Chris Valaika had two hits while Joey Votto homered for the Reds, who went 4-5 on their road trip. Edinson Volquez (5-5) was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on four hits over five frames. He walked four and struck out three.
Final Score: San Francisco 8, Los Angeles 1
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner threw five solid innings to lead the San Francisco Giants to an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Bumgarner (11-12) gave up only one run on three hits while fanning eight and walking three. Jeff Keppinger smacked a two-run double and Pablo Sandoval had three doubles, while Aubrey Huff and Mark DeRosa collected two RBI apiece for the Giants, who snapped a three-game skid. Tony Gwynn Jr. picked up two hits and the lone RBI, while Aaron Miles and Rod Barajas chipped in with hits for the Dodgers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Hiroki Kuroda (11-16) was saddled with the loss after yielding three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Final Score: San Diego 7, Arizona 6
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Nick Hundley went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, as the Padres edged the Diamondbacks, 7-6, to avoid getting swept by the NL West leaders in the finale of a four-game series. Jesus Guzman added two hits and two RBI for San Diego, which scored eight total runs in the first three games of the set. Wade LeBlanc (3-5) gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings to get the win. Chris Young and Collin Cowgill had two-run hits during the sixth inning for Arizona, whose division lead over San Francisco was trimmed to 8 1/2 games. The Giants beat the Dodgers on Sunday, and the Diamondbacks' magic number is still eight. Josh Collmenter (9-9) took the loss after allowing six runs in four-plus innings.
Final Score: Chicago 10, New York 6 (11 innings)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Carlos Pena knocked in the go-ahead run and the Chicago Cubs scored five more times in the 11th inning to upend the New York Mets, 10-6. Pena and Darwin Barney each had three hits and two RBI, Tyler Colvin drove in three and Bryan LaHair scored four runs for the Cubs, who have won five of their last seven. The Mets stranded 15 runners in the loss, including three apiece in the ninth and 10th innings to fall for the fourth time in five games.