|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 05 June 2007 19:29|
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -Chase Utley hit a leadoff homer in the 11th inning, the last of his three RBIs, and Philadelphia beat New York 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Utley's shot off Pedro Feliciano (1-1) was the first home run the left-hander has allowed this season. The normally reliable reliever was charged with another run, too, increasing his ERA from 0.90 to 1.80 in 24 appearances.
Ryan Howard had three hits and Utley added a two-run single for the Phillies, who were coming off a 2-5 homestand. Philadelphia began the day leading the NL in runs (289) but ranked last in ERA (4.79).
Paul Lo Duca had a two-run single for New York, the NL East leaders.
Geoff Geary (1-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win and Antonio Alfonseca got three outs for his second save.
After Utley's homer, the Phillies loaded the bases with no outs and added an insurance run on Abraham Nunez's RBI single off Joe Smith.
Braves 3, Marlins 1, first game
Marlins 5, Braves 1, second game
ATLANTA (AP) - Just back from the minors, Rick Vanden Hurk took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Florida beat Atlanta for a split of the doubleheader.
The Braves won the opener with Buddy Carlyle winning his first game since 1999 by allowing one hit over seven innings. Despite his impressive performance, the journeyman was optioned back to Triple-A Richmond right after the game.
Vanden Hurk (1-1) was activated between games to make his first start with the Marlins since April 24, when the Braves roughed him up for six runs in one-plus innings. He had been pitching at Double-A Carolina.
Yunel Escobar broke up the no-hit bid with a double leading off the seventh, and Vanden Hurk was lifted after he walked the next hitter.
Matt Lindstrom worked out of the jam, retiring Andruw Jones on a popup with runners at second and third and striking out Jeff Francoeur to end the inning.
John Smoltz (7-3), who left his last start with a sore shoulder, allowed three hits and two runs in six innings.
Carlyle (1-1) gave up Aaron Boone's third-inning homer. The Braves got back-to-back homers from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pinch-hitter Chris Woodward off Renyel Pinto (0-3) in the seventh to take the 3-1 lead.
Pirates 7, Nationals 6
WASHINGTON (AP) - Xavier Nady hit a double and a sacrifice fly, both with the bases loaded, and Shawn Chacon got his first win as a starter this season for Pittsburgh.
Nady had a three-run double in a five-run third inning, then got his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Nady is 4-for-6 with nine RBIs with the bases loaded this season.
Chacon (2-0) allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings in his third start since coming out of the bullpen to replace struggling starter Tony Armas in the rotation. Chacon went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Jack Wilson and Ronny Paulino homered for the Pirates, who opened a six-game road trip by battering Nationals starter Mike Bacsik (1-2).
Brewers 7, Cubs 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Tony Graffanino hit solo home runs and Claudio Vargas won for the first time in a month and Milwaukee handed Chicago its first loss in three games since manager Lou Piniella was suspended.
Piniella was suspended by the league for four games for arguing with umpire Mark Wegner on Saturday.
Vargas (4-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits. It was his first victory since May 4, a span of six starts. Francisco Cordero recorded the final four outs for his major-league leading 22nd save in as many chances, lowering his ERA to 0.37.
Chicago starter Ted Lilly (4-4) gave up all three home runs. He pitched five innings, allowing six runs and eight hits.
Graffanino hit his second home run and Hart hit his third in the second to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
Cardinals 4, Reds 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit for St. Louis.
The Cardinals won for the fifth time in six games without catcher Gary Bennett, who left in the second inning with the described as a contusion to the back of the skull after he was hit by a pitch.
Juan Encarnacion homered and David Eckstein had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals. Jason Isringhausen (3-0) walked two and struck out two in the ninth against the Reds, who stranded 15 runners and left seven on over the last three innings.
Aaron Miles drew a leadoff walk in the ninth off Jared Burton (0-1), advanced on a sacrifice and went to third on a wild pitch. Taguchi then hit the game-winner two days after homering in the 10th inning at Houston.
Astros 4, Rockies 1
DENVER (AP) - Lance Berkman drove in two runs and Wandy Rodriguez pitched five strong innings to lead Houston.
The Astros had one other hit when Berkman hit a two-run double in the sixth. He was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a called third strike.
Luke Scott had three hits for the Astros, including a two-run homer in the ninth.
The benches briefly cleared in the ninth inning, when Manny Corpas pitched behind Carlos Lee. Phil Garner joined Berkman in the clubhouse when he was ejected for arguing with umpire Ed Rapuano that something should have been done to Corpas.
Rodriguez (3-5) gave up one run and five hits for his first win since May 19. Dan Wheeler pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Jason Hirsh (2-6) gave up two runs and five hits in six-plus innings to remain winless in his last eight starts.
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3, 10 innings
PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Young homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Arizona to its 10th win in 11 games.
Young, who was 0-for-4 with a strikeout before his final at-bat, connected for his seventh homer of the year and first since May 11 against Kevin Correia (1-3).
The D-backs rallied against a San Francisco lineup missing Barry Bonds after Tony Pena allowed Ray Durham's tying double in the bottom of the eighth.
Arizona starter Randy Johnson allowed seven hits and struck out eight in six innings. Miguel Montero hit a tiebreaking homer for the Diamondbacks and Conor Jackson drove in two runs.
Bonds was held out of the lineup because of shin splints that have been bothering the slugger. Bonds' knees are aching, too.
Dan Ortmeier of the Giants tied the game with a two-run homer in the fourth.
Padres 1, Dodgers 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marcus Giles singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for San Diego and Trevor Hoffman moved within one save of becoming the first major leaguer with 500.
The Padres won for the eighth time in 10 games. It was just their third win in seven games this season against their biggest rival.
Pinch-hitter Russell Branyan was hit in the foot by a pitch from Rudy Seanez (2-1) with one out in the eighth, stole second and scored on Giles' hit to center.
Scott Linebrink (2-1) allowed a single in the eighth. Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
The Padres won despite getting just two hits. The Dodgers had five.