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National League Game Capsules (Wednesday, September 14th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Florida 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run home run to cap a four-run seventh inning, helping Atlanta take a 4-1 decision over Florida in the finale of a three-game series. Martin Prado added a pair of hits and knocked in the other run for the Braves, who took two of three in the set. Atlanta starter Randall Delgado allowed four hits and one run over five innings, but was pulled after throwing 101 pitches. Eric O'Flaherty (2-4) earned the win by hurling a scoreless top of the seventh. Craig Kimbrel posted his 44th save of the year with a perfect ninth. Greg Dobbs homered for the Marlins, who dropped the final two games in the series after winning four straight overall.
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Yadier Molina hit a two-run double in the fourth inning to propel the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight games, but did not cut into Atlanta's lead in the wild card standings. The Braves defeated Florida 4-1 on Wednesday and still own a 4 1/2-game advantage. Pittsburgh has lost five of its last six. The Pirates suffered their 82nd loss of the year and will finish with a losing record for the 19th straight season. Edwin Jackson (5-2) went 6 2/3 innings in the victory, allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Houston 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Roy Halladay tossed a six-hit shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies clinched a playoff berth Wednesday by edging the Houston Astros 1-0 in the finale of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. Halladay (18-5) struck out seven and walked one, helping Philadelphia earn a spot in the postseason for the fifth consecutive year. He is the first Phillies hurler to win at least 18 games in back-to-back seasons since Steve Carlton in 1979-1980. It was Halladay's first shutout this season and 20th of his career. Shane Victorino led off the game with a double and Placido Polanco brought him home with a single for the game's only run. It was enough for the Phillies, who bounced back from dropping the first two games of the series and snapped a three-game losing streak. Their magic number to clinch the NL East for a fifth straight year is four. The Astros went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and have dropped eight of 12.
Final Score: San Francisco 3, San Diego 1
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran hit two solo homers to reach 300 for his career, including the go-ahead blast in the sixth inning Wednesday as the Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Padres with a 3-1 win. Tim Lincecum (13-12) settled down to earn his first win in three weeks after giving up an unearned run in the first inning. He yielded four hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings. Mark DeRosa added an RBI single for the Giants, who earned their first sweep of San Diego in a series of at least three games since August 22-24, 2008. It was their first sweep this season since June 24-26 versus Cleveland. Jesus Guzman hit an RBI double in the first inning after Aubrey Huff's error at first base. The Padres have lost six of seven and fell to just 3-17 in their last 20 games.
Final Score: Washington 2, New York 0
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Michael Morse and Jayson Werth both knocked in a run to back five scoreless innings by Brad Peacock as the Nationals took a 2-0 victory over the Mets in the third test of a four-game set. Peacock (1-0) allowed two hits and three walks in his first career start. He pitched 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen September 6 in his only other major league appearance. Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 and was the only player in the game to record multiple hits in Washington's fifth win in its last six games, including four straight. Mike Pelfrey (7-12) allowed two unearned runs on six hits and two walks while fanning six through seven innings.
Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 2
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ramon Hernandez belted a three-run homer and the Reds beat the Cubs, 7-2, despite losing starter Johnny Cueto early in the game to a back injury. Hernandez homered in the second inning for all the runs Cincinnati needed, and also doubled and scored a run later. Juan Francisco added a two-run single for the Reds, who have won two in a row since dropping the opener of this four-game series on Monday. Cueto pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings before he was pulled because of a strained right lat muscle. He gave up three hits and a walk while lowering his earned run average to a major league-best 2.31. Sam LeCure (1-1) replaced him on the mound and threw 2 1/3 innings to earn the win despite giving up two runs on three hits. Chicago starter Casey Coleman (2-8) remained winless for almost four months after allowing six runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Final Score: Colorado 6, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Carlos Gonzalez crushed a two-run homer and drove in three, leading the Rockies to a 6-2 victory against the Brewers, forcing a split of their two-game set at Miller Park. Mark Ellis had four hits and one RBI, and Kevin Millwood (3-2) held up the pitching end by limiting the Brewers to two runs in six innings. Colorado snapped a six-game losing streak in Milwaukee and dealt the Brewers a rare home loss. Milwaukee holds the majors' best home record at 52-23. Shaun Marcum (12-7) allowed all six runs -- five earned -- in five innings to suffer the loss for the NL Central-leading Brewers. Because of St. Louis' win over Pittsburgh earlier Wednesday, Milwaukee's division lead is down to 5 1/2 games. Its magic number still stands at eight.
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Arizona 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Even after being ejected, Clayton Kershaw still managed to pick up his 19th victory. Kershaw was thrown out of the game in the sixth inning after hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch, but the Los Angeles Dodgers held on for a 3-2 victory over the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. Jerry Sands and Matt Kemp each singled in runs in the opening inning against Daniel Hudson, as the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep. The Diamondbacks, who lost for just the fourth time in their last 22 contests, still have a magic number of six to win their first division title since 2007. They are 7 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco.