|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2007 16:35|
Cliff Floyd had three hits and an RBI in his first start at Shea Stadium since spending the previous four seasons with the Mets, and Chicago handed John Maine (5-1) his first loss of the year.
Daryle Ward hit a two-run double in the first, Michael Barrett doubled twice and drove in two runs, and left fielder Alfonso Soriano threw out a runner at the plate in the second to keep the score 3-0.
Ramirez's seventh career slam, off Scott Schoeneweis, broke it open in a six-run sixth. Barrett added a run-scoring double and Jacque Jones had an RBI single in Chicago's largest victory of the season. The Cubs finished with 15 hits.
Zambrano (4-3) allowed six hits, walked three and struck out three. He has won three of his past four starts.
Shawn Green hit his fifth home run for the Mets, who had won five of six and nine of 12. Carlos Delgado left in the seventh, one inning after he was hit on the left hand by Zambrano's pitch. X-rays were negative and he is day to day with a bruised pinky.
Phillies 4, Brewers 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Ruiz hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth to lift the Phillies.
Brett Myers allowed Johnny Estrada's tying solo homer in the ninth for his first blown save, but Ruiz connected off Derrick Turnbow (1-2) for his first career game-winning homer.
Estrada led off the ninth with his fifth homer. Myers (1-2) had converted his first four save opportunities since replacing injured closer Tom Gordon, and hadn't allowed a run since his first relief appearance. Myers, who was the opening-day starter, has a 1.08 ERA in 16 2-3 innings as a reliever.
Turnbow, the losing pitcher Monday night, retired the first two batters in the ninth. But Ruiz drove a 2-1 pitch into the left-center field seats for his third homer.
The Phillies have won five of six.
Braves 6, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Edgar Renteria hit two home runs, Tim Hudson allowed three hits over seven innings, and the Braves ended the Nationals' four-game winning streak.
Renteria went 3-for-5, homering in the first and seventh innings as the Braves snapped a two-game losing streak. Atlanta has won six of its last eight.
Hudson (5-1), inducing ground ball after ground ball, had a perfect game through 4 2-3 innings and lowered his ERA to 1.77. Hudson walked one and struck out four before leaving for a pinch hitter in the eighth.
The Braves punished Nationals starter Jerome Williams (0-5), who failed again to get his first win since 2005. Renteria's home runs were his fifth and sixth of the season and the Braves had more consecutive hits in the third inning (4) than they did in the entire game against Washington on Monday (3).
Marlins 9, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dan Uggla drove in four runs while hitting two of Florida's four homers, helping Sergio Mitre win for the first time in more than a year.
Hanley Ramirez also homered while reaching base five times for Florida, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Jeremy Hermida hit a solo shot as the Marlins won for only the fifth time in their last 18 games in Pittsburgh.
Mitre (1-2), coming off eight shutout innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers, wasn't quite as sharp, giving up three runs - two earned - and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings. But he ended a six-game losing streak that spanned 19 appearances since April 4, 2006.
Florida had a four-run sixth against Paul Maholm (2-5) highlighted by Uggla's go-ahead, two-run homer.