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National League Game Capsules (Tuesday, September 20th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Philadelphia 3 (10 innings) (Game One)
Final Score: Washington 3, Philadelphia 0 (Game Two)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ross Detwiler went 7 1/3 scoreless innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of a day-night doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. Detwiler (3-5) gave up only three hits while striking out three and walking one batter. Detwiler also contributed offensively with an RBI single. Drew Storen worked a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 40th save of the season, and second of the day. Danny Espinosa had three hits, including a solo home run and a pair of runs scored, while Ian Desmond picked up a double among his two hits for the Nationals, winners of three straight. Cliff Lee (16-8) was tagged with the loss after, giving up three runs -- two earned -- on 11 hits over seven frames while striking out nine without walking a batter. Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco accounted for the Phillies three hits. Philadelphia, which has clinched the National League East and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, has struggled lately, losing the first game of the twin bill, 4-3, and losing four straight games for the first time since a four-game skid from May 31 to June 4.
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Florida 0
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Gonzalez and Freddie Freeman each homered and Martin Prado went 3-for-5 with an RBI, powering the NL wild card-leading Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 victory over the Florida Marlins. The Braves watched their wild-card lead dwindle to 2 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals during a recent 3-7 skid, but a rookie hurler and their vaunted bullpen got them back on track. Randall Delgado (1-1) turned in five scoreless frames while giving up five hits and two walks en route to his first major league win. Anibal Sanchez (8-9) lasted just five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a pair of walks for Florida, which had won three of four coming in, including a 6-5 walkoff win in Monday's opener of this three-game series.
Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Houston 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run home run and Jay Bruce added a two-run single as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Houston Astros, 6-4, in the second test of a three-game set. Homer Bailey (9-7) tossed seven solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He fanned five and added a career-high three hits for the Reds, who snapped a four-game losing skid. Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (6-11) left the game in the third with discomfort in his right shoulder. Norris went 2 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.
Final Score: Milwaukee 5, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum pitched eight spectacular innings Tuesday, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in the middle test of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Marcum (13-7) gave up only one run on five hits while striking out seven without walking a batter. Francisco Rodriguez came on in the ninth to finish off the Cubs. Rickie Weeks knocked in a pair, Corey Hart came up with a run-scoring double, and Nyjer Morgan added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Brewers, who bounced back after dropping the opener of the series. Milwaukee's magic number to clinch the National League Central division crown stands at three. Starlin Castro accounted for Chicago's only run with a homer and Darwin Barney collected two doubles for the Cubs, who had won three of their last four entering Tuesday. Randy Wells (7-5) gave up five runs on six hits over five innings while fanning three and walking two. It was Wells' first loss since July 28, when he was also beaten by the Brewers.
Final Score: St. Louis 11, New York 6
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Ryan Theriot and Adron Chambers came up big in pinch-hit situations in the seventh, as the playoff-seeking Cardinals scored six two-out runs in the frame to upend the Mets, 11-6. Theriot doubled in a pair and Chambers hit a bases-loaded triple for St. Louis, which has won six of seven to stay in the NL wild card hunt. The front- running Braves also won on Tuesday, keeping St. Louis 2 1/2 games behind. Albert Pujols went 4- for-5 with two runs scored and another driven in, while Lance Berkman added two hits and two RBI to offset Edwin Jackson's rough start. Angel Pagan had three hits and an RBI to lead New York, which did St. Louis a favor over the weekend by taking two of three in Atlanta.
Final Score: San Diego 2, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Mat Latos came within one out of his second career shutout as the San Diego Padres fended off the Colorado Rockies, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game series at Coors Field. Dexter Fowler hit a blooper to shallow center that resulted in a one-out double in the home ninth. Two batters later, Jordan Pacheco grounded a run- scoring single up the middle to chase Latos (8-14) from the game. Heath Bell gave up a single to Kevin Kouzmanoff before striking out Wilin Rosario to notch his 40th save of the season.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 3
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Charlie Morton worked six scoreless innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle contest of a three-game series at Chase Field. Morton (10-10) gave up only three hits while striking out five and walking three. Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect ninth to nail down his 39th save of the year. Pedro Alvarez and Derrek Lee smashed home runs, while Neil Walker and Alex Presley collected two doubles apiece for the Pirates, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Chris Young and Gerardo Parra each had two hits and Aaron Hill had a double for the Diamondbacks, who had their two-game winning streak halted. Daniel Hudson (16-11) was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits over five innings. He fanned four and walked three. Despite the loss, the Diamondbacks magic number to clinch the NL West now stands at three thanks to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who downed San Francisco on Tuesday.
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, San Francisco 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - If the Giants miss out on the postseason, they have Clayton Kershaw to blame, as they fell to the Dodgers' ace, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Kershaw (20-5) beat the reigning World Series champs for the fifth time in six starts this season, tossing 7 1/3 solid frames to pad his potential NL Cy Young Award campaign. The left-hander was touched for just one run on Chris Stewart's seventh-inning homer, one of six hits he yielded in his seventh straight positive decision. The last Dodgers pitcher to win 20 games was Ramon Martinez in 1990. Jerry Sands homered off Tim Lincecum (13-13) and James Loney added an RBI single to hurt San Francisco's playoff chances. The loss dropped the Giants 4 1/2 back of the wild-card front-running Braves and 5 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.