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National League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 13th)
Final Score: St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 4
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Nick Punto's go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth vaulted the Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Pirates in the middle contest of a three-game series. After signing a two-year contract extension prior to the game, St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter allowed four runs on 10 hits over seven innings. He added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who remain 4 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL wild card race. Joel Hanrahan (0-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing Punto's double and an Albert Pujols sac fly in the ninth. Andrew McCutchen belted a game- tying home run in the seventh and Derrek Lee added a solo shot for the Pirates, losers in 11 of their last 16.
Final Score: Atlanta 7, Florida 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Brian McCann and Dan Uggla blasted three-run home runs to lead the Braves past the Marlins, 7-1, in the middle portion of a three-game series. Peter Moylan (2-1) recorded the final out in the sixth inning to receive the win. Mike Minor made the start for Atlanta and allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out five through 5 2/3 innings. The Braves remain 4 1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL wild card. The Cardinals took a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Brad Hand (1-7) lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out five in the loss. Emilio Bonifacio knocked in the Marlins' lone run as the club had its four-game win streak snapped.
Final Score: Washington 3, New York 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Zimmerman singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, sending the Nationals past the Mets, 3-2, in the second meeting of a four-game series. Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse each drove in a run for Washington, which has won four of its last five, including Monday's series opener by the same score. Craig Stammen (1-1) scored the game-deciding run and earned the win in relief of starter Chien-Ming Wang, who gave up two runs on nine hits in five innings. Dillon Gee lasted 5 2/3 frames and was charged with two runs on six hits for New York, which has dropped four straight.
Final Score: Cincinnati 2, Chicago 1
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Mike Leake threw eight innings of one-run ball, Brandon Phillips hit a lead-off homer, and Edgar Renteria went 3-for-4 with a RBI as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night. In his final start of the 2011 season due to an innings limit, Leake (12-9) allowed six hits while walking two and striking out two. Ryan Dempster (10-12) picked up his fourth loss in his last seven decisions despite throwing a season-high 128 pitches in seven innings. He allowed two runs on six hits and six walks.
Final Score: Houston 5, Philadelphia 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - J.A. Happ was effective through six innings against his former team and Clint Barmes belted a three-run homer, leading the Astros over the Phillies, 5-2, in the second meeting of a three-game series. The Astros, owners of the worst record in the majors, beat the league's best for the second straight night and can earn an improbable sweep on Wednesday. Happ (6-15) allowed just one run on four hits and four walks. Hunter Pence homered in his second game as a visitor at Minute Maid Park, but Cole Hamels (14-8) lasted just five innings after getting touched for five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits in defeat, Philadelphia's third straight. The NL East-leading Phillies still have a magic number of one to clinch a playoff spot and five to sew up the division.
Final Score: Milwaukee 2, Colorado 1 (11 innings)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun hit the winning home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Brewers past the Rockies, 2-1, in the opener of a two-game set. Braun led off the inning after Kameron Loe (4-7) held the Rockies off the board in the top half. He worked the count full against Matt Lindstrom (2-2) before sending the 10th pitch of the at-bat over the fence in left-center. Prince Fielder added a homer for the Brewers, who defeated the Phillies on Sunday to halt a five-game skid. They remain 6 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central. Wilin Rosario had an RBI double for the Rockies.
Final Score: Arizona 5, Los Angeles 4 (10 innings)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy failed to record win No. 20, but the Arizona Diamondbacks still pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers after Chris Young worked a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning. Gerardo Parra hit a game-tying homer in the seventh and led off the 10th with a base hit. Javy Guerra (2-1), in his second inning of relief, retired the next two hitters before throwing 13 straight balls. The Dodgers' closer intentionally walked Miguel Montero, who homered and drove in three runs, and gave a four-pitch free pass to Paul Goldschmidt before tossing four more out of the strike zone to Young, breaking a 4-4 tie. J.J. Putz closed out Arizona's sixth win in seven games for his 40th save of the season, trimming the club's magic number to win the NL West to six.
Final Score: San Francisco 3, San Diego 2 (12 innings)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Mark DeRosa ripped the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to send the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres in the middle test of a three game series at AT&T Park. Cody Ross began the rally with a single up the middle off Brad Brach (0-2) and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ross then moved to third on a fielder's choice by Pablo Sandoval, which brought DeRosa to the plate. He ripped a line drive to second, which hit just off the top of the glove of Orlando Hudson and rolled into short right field, allowing Ross to score. Sandoval finished 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored for the Giants, who have won three straight but remain 8 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Diamondbacks and 6 1/2 behind the wild-card leading Braves.