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National League Game Capsules (Monday, September 12th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pedro Ciriaco hit a two-run double in a three-run eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates survived a shaky ninth to take a 6-5 win over St. Louis in the opener of a three-game set at PNC Park. Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored while Ryan Doumit had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who had dropped four of five coming into the game. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and drove in three for the Cardinals, who had a five-game winning streak stopped.
Final Score: Florida 5, Atlanta 4 (12 innings)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Mike Stanton hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the 12th inning Monday, lifting the Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Braves in the opener of a three-game series. Florida escaped several extra-inning threats by Atlanta to come away with its fourth straight win. John Buck walked on five pitches to lead off the 12th and pinch runner Brett Hayes went to second base on Bryan Petersen's sacrifice bunt. Anthony Varvaro (0-2) intentionally walked Donnie Murphy and was replaced on the mound by Cristhian Martinez, who surrendered Stanton's go-ahead single to left. The Braves, who had tied the game on Alex Gonzalez's RBI single in the eighth inning, lost their fourth straight game but remained 4 1/2 games up for the wild card lead after St. Louis also lost Monday.
Final Score: Washington 3, New York 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Steve Lombardozzi singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, sending the Nationals past the Mets, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game series. Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for Washington, which has won three of its last four. R.A. Dickey (8-12) yielded three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in the loss, New York's third straight. Todd Coffey (5-1) struck out the reigning NL Player of the Week, Jason Bay, to strand two runners in the sixth, earning the win behind Ross Detwiler.
Final Score: Chicago 12, Cincinnati 8
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Alfonso Soriano drove in three runs, while Starlin Castro also knocked home three and scored four times, as Chicago downed Cincinnati, 12-8, in the opener of a four-game set. Castro continued his breakout campaign with his ninth home run of the season, one of three hit by the Cubs and one of seven on the night. Aramis Ramirez finished 3-for-5 and hit his 25th home run of the campaign for the Cubs, who have won three straight. Dontrelle Willis (0-6) remained winless on the season after giving up eight runs on nine hits with three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Brandon Phillips hit two home runs in the loss.
Final Score: Houston 5, Philadelphia 1
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Brett Myers posted back-to-back wins for the first time this year and Carlos Lee belted a two-run homer, as the Astros upended the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, in Roy Oswalt's return to Houston. Oswalt (7-9), the second-winningest pitcher in Astros history, was touched for 11 hits and five runs in an unsuccessful return to his stomping grounds. Myers (5-13) countered with eight innings of one-run ball, allowing just six hits in the opener of a three-game series. The NL East-leading Phillies had a shot to clinch a playoff spot as a result of the Cardinals losing on Monday.
Final Score: Arizona 7, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Gerardo Parra went 2-for-3 and knocked in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-2, to open a three-game series. Paul Goldschmidt and Ryan Roberts each had two hits and an RBI for the D-Backs, who have won five of six to stay 8 1/2 games ahead of the Giants atop the NL West standings. Joe Saunders (11-12) was effective through seven frames, allowing just four hits and two runs to earn the win. Ted Lilly (9-14) was handed a career-worst 14th loss after surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Final Score: San Francisco 8, San Diego 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval clubbed a three-run home run, one of three home runs San Francisco used to down San Diego, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run and Cody Ross also hit a home run for the Giants, who have won two in a row after a three-game skid. Eric Surkamp (2-0), making his third career start, gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with one walk over 5 2/3 frames. Nick Hundley and Chris Denorfia each finished with three hits for the Padres, who have dropped four of five. Aaron Harang (13-6) dropped his second decision on the road this season, giving up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks over five frames.