National League Game Capsules (Monday, August 29th)
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Final Score: New York 5, Florida 1 (Game Two)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Dillon Gee turned in another strong pitching performance for the Mets, giving up a run over six innings to help them to a 5-1 victory and doubleheader sweep against the Marlins. New York won Monday's first game, 2-1, after R.A. Dickey pitched seven scoreless frames. Gee (12-5) followed that effort by allowing six hits, walking two and striking out six. He gave up his only run when Greg Dobbs blasted a homer in the sixth. But the Marlins' inability to score any more runs sent them to their ninth loss in their last 11 games.
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 2
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Shane Victorino seems to enjoy playing at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies center fielder launched a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning as Philadelphia edged Cincinnati, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game series. Victorino pushed his hitting streak at the Reds' venue to eight games. Wilson Valdez added an RBI double for the Phillies, who played for the first time since Friday in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The NL East leaders avoided a third straight loss and increased their advantage in the division over idle Atlanta to 6 1/2 games. It had been a longer stretch between outings for Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. Activated from the disabled list before the game, Hamels limited Cincinnati to one run on two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over six innings in his first start since August 12 because of left shoulder inflammation. Victorino's blast made a winner out of Antonio Bastardo (6-0), who struck out the side in the seventh after issuing a leadoff walk. Homer Bailey (7-6) gave up three runs on six hits in eight frames for Cincinnati, which was seeking a season best-tying fifth straight win. Bailey recorded a season-high nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Final Score: Houston 7, Pittsburgh 4
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Wandy Rodriguez had a career-high 13 strikeouts and Carlos Lee blasted the tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, boosting Houston to a 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rodriguez (10-9) scattered four hits, allowed three runs and walked four batters to get into the double-digit win column for a third consecutive season. Jose Altuve tallied three hits and an RBI, as Houston won its second straight following a 1-6 stretch. Ross Ohlendorf pitched the first five frames for the Pirates in the opener of this three-game series, but Jason Grilli (1-1) couldn't hold the advantage. Jose Veras was also touched for a pair of runs in the decisive seventh inning. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, who have dropped seven of their last 10 contests.
Final Score: Arizona 5, Colorado 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Daniel Hudson helped his own cause by capping a four-run sixth inning with an RBI single, and the NL-West leading Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-1, to extend their winning streak to seven games. Hudson (14-9) scattered three hits, walked three and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings. Arizona has won 10 in a row at home and moved five games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants.
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, San Diego 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw went the distance for his 17th win of the season as the Dodgers turned back the San Diego Padres, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series. James Loney smacked a two-run homer and Andre Ethier had three hits and an RBI for Los Angeles, which beat the Padres for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. Kershaw (17-5) scattered six hits and had five strikeouts to tie Arizona's Ian Kennedy for the National League lead in victories. It was the left-hander's fourth straight win. He's 9-1 over his last 10 starts and moved to 10-1 in 14 games this season at Dodger Stadium.
Final Score: Chicago 7, San Francisco 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - A day removed from his 29th birthday, Randy Wells celebrated by tossing his first career complete game -- a two-hit shutout. His Cubs teammates provided gifts in the form of four home runs, as Chicago pounded the San Francisco Giants, 7-0, in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Wells (6-4), who struck out seven and walked one batter, has won five of his last six decisions. Geovany Soto, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena each went deep in the seventh inning for Chicago, which avoided a fifth straight loss and recorded just its second victory in nine games. The Giants, meanwhile, have lost seven of 11 to fall five games behind surging Arizona for first place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks extended their winning streak to seven games Monday. San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (12-11) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and walked four in six-plus innings. Lincecum gave up a career-high three home runs.
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