|Friday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 05 April 2008 11:35|
The 25-year-old left-hander held the Giants hitless through five innings before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth and leaving the game with a 3-2 lead. The Giants scored another two runs off the Brewers' bullpen in the final three innings, but late-inning homers from Ryan Braun and Gabe Kapler helped Milwaukee hold the lead.
New Milwaukee closer Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
Giants starter Kevin Correia (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
Reds 4, Phillies 3
CINCINNATI (AP) - Paul Bako hit a run-scoring infield single with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Reds to a win.
Chad Durbin (0-1) walked Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion to start the inning. Ryan Freel pinch-ran for Dunn, and both runners moved up on pinch-hitter Norris Hopper's sacrifice. The Phillies then brought in their infield and outfield, and Bako hit a twisting bouncer that shortstop Jimmy Rollins backhanded, but couldn't get out of his glove in time to throw out Freel at home.
Ryan Howard hit his first homer of the season for the Phillies.
Francisco Cordero (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for his first win since the Brewers beat St. Louis 1-0 on Sept. 20, 2006, at Milwaukee.
Cardinals 5, Nationals 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright completed a dominating first time around for the Cardinals' injury-depleted rotation, working eight strong innings in a victory over Washington.
Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs and Wainwright (1-0) also drove in a run. The Cardinals' 4-1 start is their best since 2000, when they also won four of their first five.
Nick Johnson was 3-for-4 with his first home run and two RBIs for Washington, which has lost three in a row after sweeping the Phillies to open the year.
Matt Chico (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings, all but one of them coming in a two-run second and two-run third.
Cubs 9, Astros 7
CHICAGO (AP) - Kosuke Fukudome hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and Derrek Lee was 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Cubs.
Carlos Lee went 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles, and Astros ace Roy Oswalt lost his second game of the season.
Cubs reliever Kevin Hart (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win and Kerry Wood worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.
In his second start of the season, Oswalt (0-2) allowed six runs - five earned - on 10 hits.