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National League Game Capsules (Tuesday, August 30th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Cincinnati 0
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Roy Halladay on ample rest spelled disaster for the Reds, as the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner hurled seven scoreless innings in Philadelphia's 9-0 blowout win. Halladay (16-5), making his first start since August 21, struck out nine while giving up just two hits and two walks in another stellar outing. Notoriously ineffective at the plate, Halladay also drove in his first runs of the season with a three-run double in the sixth. The Phillies belted four home runs to back their ace, two coming from Ryan Howard. Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez also went deep in the club's second straight win to start this four-game set. Bronson Arroyo (8-11) continued his struggles against Philadelphia, as he was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander entered with a 7.13 earned run average against the Phils.
Final Score: Washington 9, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman each drove in three runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle as Washington crushed Atlanta, 9-2, in the opener of a three-game series from Turner Field. Morse ended 3-for-5 with a homer and scored twice, while Zimmerman clubbed a three- run shot and scored three times for the Nationals, who snapped a six- game skid. Laynce Nix also contributed a two-run homer and Danny Espinosa posted a solo shot. Livan Hernandez (8-12) allowed five hits and two runs with three walks over seven innings to earn the win. Jason Heyward drove in both runs for the Braves, who have lost three of four and slipped 7 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East after the Phillies won in Cincinnati. Jair Jurrjens (13-6) was charged in the setback with six runs and eight hits over six full frames -- his third loss in four starts for the NL wild card leaders.
Final Score: Florida 6, New York 0
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Javier Vazquez whiffed Lucas Duda to pick up his 2,500th career strikeout and end the sixth inning. Then he helped the Marlins put together the winning rally. The pitcher's bunt single was part of a five-run seventh inning Florida used to beat the Mets, 6-0, at Citi Field. Vazquez (8-11) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk to pick up his first victory since July 27. Logan Morrison hit a two-run single for Florida, which was swept by the Mets in Monday's doubleheader. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (7-11) held the Marlins off the scoreboard for six innings, but couldn't get an out in the seventh and was charged with four runs. New York managed only six hits as its four-game win streak came to an end.
Final Score: Houston 8, Pittsburgh 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - J.D. Martinez had three hits and drove in three runs to continue his incredible August, and the Astros scored six times in the sixth inning to top Pittsburgh, 8-2, at Minute Maid Park. Jose Altuve added two RBI in support of Henry Sosa (2-2), who threw six strong innings. Sosa gave up just two hits and fanned seven batters to win back-to-back starts. Carlos Lee and Jimmy Paredes each tallied a pair of hits and an RBI for Houston, which has won three in a row. Charlie Morton (9-8) gave up six hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings. He also had eight strikeouts against four walks and has just one victory in his last eight outings.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 1
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Edwin Jackson threw seven strong innings and singled in a run, helping the Cardinals build a slim lead they maintained for a 2-1 victory over the Brewers. Milwaukee put the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Fernando Salas got out of the situation to secure St. Louis' second consecutive win. The contest was the opener of a three-game series between the NL Central's top two teams, but the result didn't change much. The Brewers still lead the division by 9 1/2 games. Jackson (4-2) allowed a run on six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out three during his start. Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum (11-5) was about as good, giving up two unearned runs on four hits and three walks. But the Brewers, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the Cubs, went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position to take the loss.
Final Score: Arizona 9, Colorado 4
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Justin Upton and Miguel Montero each homered and drove in three runs, powering the Arizona Diamondbacks to their season- high eighth straight win, a 9-4 decision over the Colorado Rockies. Gerardo Parra had four hits, scored three runs and drove in two, while Aaron Hill went 3-for-4 with an RBI for NL West-leading Arizona, which has won 11 in a row at home to tie a franchise record. Wade Miley (2-1), in his third career start, scattered nine hits and two runs over six innings to earn the victory. The second-place Giants lost to the Cubs on Tuesday, giving the D-Backs a six-game lead in the division. Aaron Cook (3-8) was tagged for six runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Rockies, losers in four of their last five, including the first two in this three-game series.
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, San Diego 5
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tim Stauffer was all over the place with his pitches in the second inning and that put the Padres in a giant hole against the Dodgers. Andre Ethier belted a grand slam to cap the eight-run frame, one in which Stauffer walked a team-record six batters, on the way to an 8-5 Los Angeles victory Tuesday night. Stauffer (8-11) walked three batters with the bases loaded. Hiroki Kuroda (11-14) was the beneficiary of the big inning, as he allowed seven hits and four runs to win his fourth straight start, a career-high winning streak. The Dodgers, who won for the seventh time in eight games, are 7-1 over their last eight vs. San Diego. Kyle Blanks and Orlando Hudson hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning for San Diego, which suffered its sixth straight defeat.
Final Score: Chicago 5, San Francisco 2
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Garza pitched effectively into the seventh, and Alfonso Soriano homered and knocked in two runs as the Chicago Cubs upended the struggling San Francisco Giants, 5-2. Matt Garza (7-10) was charged with two runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Cubs, who have taken the first two meetings in this three-game set on the heels of a four- game skid. Ryan Vogelsong (10-5) lasted just five frames after surrendering three runs on seven hits to take the loss, the fourth in his last five outings. The Giants recorded nine hits, though only one went for extra bases. They have lost 21 of their last 30, falling from their perch atop the NL West standings to six games back of the front-running Diamondbacks.