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National League Game Capsules (Thursday, September 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Florida 1 Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Florida 1 (10 innings)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ryan Howard's RBI double in the bottom of the 10th scored Michael Martinez with the winning run, as Philadelphia reduced its magic number to clinch the NL East to two, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Florida in the second edition of a doubleheader. Martinez worked a leadoff walk against Burke Badenhop (2-2), then Howard laced a double which bounced off the high wall in left-center, easily allowing the deciding run to cross the plate. John Mayberry's sixth-inning solo homer was the only other offense for the Phillies, who won the opener by a 3-1 count and opened up a 12-game lead on idle Atlanta. Cliff Lee was on track to record his seventh shutout of the season until a two-out homer by Jose Lopez in the top of the ninth. Nonetheless, the lefty wound up scattering five hits with 12 strikeouts over nine frames. Alex Sanabia worked six innings, allowing just six hits and one run while fanning five for the Marlins, who have lost four straight.
Final Score: Washington 10, New York 1
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond registered the first five-hit game of his career and drove in three runs, as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 10-1, to extend their winning streak to five games. Washington's Tom Milone (1-0) earned his first career win, limiting New York to a run on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. The Nationals swept a four-game series in Flushing, New York, for the first time since the Montreal Expos won all four meetings at Shea Stadium from September 18-21, 2003. Chris Schwinden (0-2), making just his second career start, gave up two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in five frames for the Mets, who have lost six straight games and finished their homestand with a 1-8 mark. The New York bullpen surrendered eight runs on 10 hits.
Final Score: Cincinnati 8, Chicago 6 (11 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to vault the Reds over the Cubs, 8-6, in the finale of a four-game series. Joey Votto doubled to begin the inning and Bruce followed with a blast to right to make a loser of James Russell (1-6). The Cubs trailed 6-4 in the top of the ninth, but pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano knocked in Tony Campana with his 400th career double and Darwin Barney tied the game with an RBI single. Nick Masset (3-5) tossed a scoreless top of the 11th to earn the win for the Reds, who captured the final three games of the series. Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd both hit a first-inning, two-run homer off of Reds starter Homer Bailey, who allowed four runs over six innings while recording a season high-tying nine strikeouts.
Final Score: San Francisco 8, Colorado 5
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle and finished 4-for-4, helping the San Francisco Giants down the Colorado Rockies 8-5 in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field. Sandoval became the first Giants player to hit for the cycle since Fred Lewis accomplished the feat on May 13, 2007, also at Coors Field. The Giants are six games behind Atlanta for the lead in the wild card standings and seven back of Arizona in the NL West. Ryan Vogelsong (11-7) gave up two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings while fanning eight and walking four. He also chipped in offensively with a pair of hits and two runs scored. Chris Iannetta and Jordan Pacheco smacked solo homers and Eric Young Jr. added an RBI double for the Rockies, who were unable to carry momentum over from a 6-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday. Jhoulys Chacin (11-12) was tagged with the loss after going 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs -- four earned -- on nine hits while walking four and striking out one.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ross Ohlendorf pitched seven strong innings and even added a three-run homer, as the Pirates took down the Dodgers, 6-2, in the opener of a four-game series. Ohlendorf (1-2) scattered four hits and two runs and took Dana Eveland deep in the seventh inning for his first career round-tripper. Brandon Wood, Ryan Ludwick and Ryan Doumit each chipped in two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh, which had lost five of six coming in. Eveland (2-1) was charged with four runs on eight hits over five frames in the loss, Los Angeles' fourth in five games.