|Wednesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 25 April 2007 19:31|
PHOENIX (AP) -Jake Peavy was nearly unhittable Wednesday night. And for three innings, he was untouchable.|
San Diego's ace fell one strike short of Tom Seaver's major league record of 10 consecutive strikeouts and fanned 16 batters in seven innings before Stephen Drew hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.
Peavy struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings and had thrown 117 pitches when he was relieved by Scott Linebrink to open the eighth with San Diego leading 2-0.
With San Diego ahead 2-0, pinch-hitter Miguel Montero homered off Linebrink in the eighth. Trevor Hoffman (1-1) relieved to start the ninth, walked Chad Tracy with one out, then allowed Drew's homer on a 3-1 pitch.
Tony Pena (2-1) earned the victory with a scoreless ninth inning.
Arizona starter Brandon Webb gave up two runs and six hits in eight innings.
Pirates 4, Astros 3, 16 innings
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Adam LaRoche grounded a winning single into left field and Pittsburgh rallied after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to hand Houston its fifth consecutive loss.
LaRoche had been 0-for-18 at PNC Park before his grounder barely got past shortstop Adam Everett to score Jack Wilson.
John Wasdin (1-1), the eighth Pirates pitcher, won it with two scoreless relief innings. Brian Moehler (0-1) took the loss as Houston outhit the Pirates 16-10 but stranded 18 runners.
Closer Salomon Torres blew a save for the third time in his last five attempts as Houston tied it on two infield singles, second baseman Jose Castillo's throwing error and RBI singles by Brad Ausmus and Craig Biggio.
Rockies 11, Mets 5
NEW YORK (AP) - Willy Taveras got five of Colorado's season-high 20 hits and the Rockies snapped out of an offensive drought.
Todd Helton had four hits and three RBIs, and John Mabry added a three-run homer. The Rockies, who managed just one run in each of the first two games of the series, opened a 9-0 lead by the fifth.
Josh Fogg (1-1) retired his first nine batters and contributed a pair of singles. Mike Pelfrey (0-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings as his ERA rose to 7.90.
Cubs 9, Brewers 3
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrek Lee and Cliff Floyd each got four hits and Chicago stopped a three-game losing streak, improving to 4-9 at Wrigley Field.
After a 71-minute rain delay on a 44-degree afternoon, Brewers ace Ben Sheets pitched three scoreless innings before leaving with a strained right groin.
Chicago took a 5-0 lead in fourth off Elmer Dessens (1-1), and all the runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop J.J. Hardy, who couldn't come up with Jacque Jones' grounder.
Ted Lilly (2-2) allowed two runs - one earned - six hits in seven innings.
Marlins 4, Braves 3
MIAMI (AP) - Miguel Olivo scored on a passed ball to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning against Atlanta's Tim Hudson and Bob Wickman.
Hudson had a career-high 12 strikeouts and took a six-hit shutout into the ninth, but gave up three singles to load the bases starting the inning. Wickman (1-1) came on and allowed a double by Olivo and a single by Alfred Amezaga to tie the game.
Catcher Brian McCann let Wickman's low 1-1 pitch to Dan Uggla get past him, and Olivo scored without a play.
The unearned run was the first run off Wickman this season, and the blown save was his first in seven chances.
Henry Owens (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Florida.
Phillies 9, Nationals 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jon Lieber limited the Nationals to two runs in six innings, Chase Utley was 5-for-5 with three RBIs, and Philadelphia won its fifth straight.
Jimmy Rollins hit his NL-leading eighth homer and Ryan Howard added a two-run shot for the Phillies.
Lieber (1-0) gave up five hits, striking out five in his second start since moving into the rotation after ace Brett Myers was sent to the bullpen to bolster a struggling relief corps.
John Patterson (0-4), the Nationals' struggling No. 1 starter, gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Cardinals 5, Reds 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a two-run, tie-breaking double to spark a four-run eighth inning and St. Louis won for the second time in nine home games.
Cardinals starter Braden Looper and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Reds wasted another strong start by Bronson Arroyo, who gave up one run and five hits in seven innings.
Randy Flores (1-0) got the win, allowing a run in 1 1-3 innings. Jason Isringhausen came on to get the last out for his fifth save in six chances.
Looper didn't allow a hit, permitting only two walks, until Alex Gonzalez singled with one out in the fifth. He had retired 11 of 12 batters before Josh Hamilton hit his first pitch of the sixth over the center field wall for his sixth homer.
Kirk Saarloos (0-2) allowed two hits and two walks to start the eighth.
Giants 6, Dodgers 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Barry Bonds hit his 741st career homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, Pedro Feliz had the go-ahead homer in the sixth and San Francisco beat Los Angeles for its first seven-game winning streak in nearly three years.
Bonds has homered in three of his last four games, moving him within 14 of Hank Aaron's career record. He sent a 1-1 pitch from Randy Wolf into right-center field in the first inning. Bonds went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Noah Lowry (2-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking five. Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
Wolf (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one. Twice he retired eight of nine batters - striking out Bonds twice - but the homers cost him a chance at a fourth consecutive victory.
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