|Monday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 02 July 2007 19:26|
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -Alfonso Soriano had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base in his return to Washington as the Chicago Cubs beat the Nationals 7-2 on Monday.
Ted Lilly (7-4) allowed three hits over seven innings to put Chicago (41-40) above .500 for the first time since it was 16-15 on May 9.
Soriano had 46 home runs and stole 41 bases for Washington last season, then signed a $136 million, eight-year contract as a free agent with the Cubs in November.
Aramis Ramirez had a two-run double in the first for the Cubs, Soriano drove in a run with a single in the second, and the Cubs added two runs in the third and two in the fourth.
Washington starter Jason Simontacchi (5-6) lasted only three innings for the second time in three starts. He allowed five runs and seven hits for the Nationals, who have lost six of seven.
Brewers 10, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Backup catcher Damian Miller homered twice during a four-hit night, including a grand slam in a seven-run seventh inning, and his seven RBIs matched a Milwaukee club record.
Miller, who went 4-for-5, has three homers and 11 RBIs in his last two games after previously having no homers and six RBIs all season.
Miller's two-run shot off rookie John Van Benschoten put the Brewers up 3-1 in the fourth. All of their scoring in the seventh came against Masumi Kuwata (0-1), who gave up five hits and seven runs.
Nate McLouth doubled twice and scored both times against Brewers starter Jeff Suppan, who left after throwing 106 pitches in five innings. Carlos Villaneuva (6-0) pitched four shutout innings for the victory.
Astros 7, Phillies 5
HOUSTON (AP) - Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and Houston scored twice in the seventh inning on bases-loaded walks.
Carlos Lee had an RBI single and a solo homer and Craig Biggio had three hits, including two doubles, as the Astros won for the seventh time in their last eight home games.
Pat Burrell and Shane Victorino homered for the Phillies, who have lost five of seven.
Houston starter Woody Williams (4-10) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. He struggled early, then retired 18 of the last 21 hitters he faced to outduel fellow 40-something starter Jamie Moyer (7-6).
Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run double in the ninth off Dan Wheeler, but Trever Miller got two outs for his first save.
Biggio led off the fifth with his second double and Pence then hit his ninth homer off Jamie Moyer (7-6).
Eric Bruntlett was walked with the bases loaded by Brian Sanchez to make it 5-3 and Jose Mesa came on and walked pinch-hitter Mark Loretta.
Cardinals 11, Diamondbacks 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh and Scott Rolen had four RBIs for St. Louis.
Braden Looper, in his first outing following a stint on the disabled list caused by a shoulder strain, allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. Russ Springer (4-1) pitched a perfect seventh to get the win.
St. Louis tied it 3-3 in the sixth, took a 6-3 lead in the seventh and broke open the game with five runs in the eighth.
Brandon Webb (8-6) gave up five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings for the Diamondbacks, who have lost three straight and five of seven.
Pujols, who is 7-for-13 in his last four games, broke the 3-3 tie and Chris Duncan, who has 19 RBIs in his last 15 games, added a run-scoring single.
Rockies 6, Mets 2
DENVER (AP) - Matt Holliday homered and Colorado's Jason Hirsh threw six shutout innings before spraining his right ankle.
Coming off a 1-9 trip, their worst ever for that many games away from home, the Rockies celebrated their return to Coors Field by winning for the 10th time in their last 12 home games.
They scored six times in the third off Tom Glavine (7-6), who was denied his 298th career win, and Hirsh (4-7) capitalized on the early lead to beat the Mets, who had won eight of 10.
Hirsh, who came into the game 1-for-42 for his career, had two singles, including a two-run chopper down the right-field line in the third. He added an infield hit in the sixth, but he sprained his right ankle on a pickoff attempt at third base when he jammed his foot into the bag and was lifted for a pinch runner. The team said he's day to day.
Hirsh allowed three hits, walked one and struck out two. Glavine tied his season high with five walks and allowed nine hits in six innings.
Holliday, who received the most votes in the players' All-Star balloting, followed singles by Willy Taveras and Jamey Carroll with his 14th homer to give Colorado a 3-0 lead.
Padres 3, Marlins 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Brian Giles scored twice on fielder's choices for San Diego, which had only three hits in winning for the fifth time in six games. The Padres improved to 4-2 when they have three hits or fewer.
David Wells (4-5) didn't allow a run for the first time this year while holding Florida to five hits and striking out a season-high six in 6 2-3 innings. He won for the first time in five starts.
Sergio Mitre (2-4) allowed three runs and three hits in six innings, striking out three and walking two. He hasn't won in seven starts, a streak that includes two losses and five no-decisions.
Giles has reached base nine times in 15 plate appearances over three games since returning Friday night from a five-week stay on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right knee.
Dodgers 8, Braves 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Kemp had three RBIs, including a tiebreaking two-run homer, and Russell Martin had a career-high four hits to lead Los Angeles.
Derek Lowe and John Smoltz (9-5) were in a duel through five innings, with the score 1-1.
Lowe, who threw 104 pitches, left after the Braves opened the sixth with singles by Chipper and Andruw Jones. Joe Beimel (2-1) came on, retired the side and pitched two hitless innings.
Kemp put the Dodgers ahead 3-1 in the sixth, and they added five runs in the seventh.
Lowe gave up one run and eight hits in five-plus innings. Smoltz allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings and struck out six.
The Dodgers tied it 1-1 in the fifth on doubles by Rafael Furcal and Martin, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games.