|Wednesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2007 11:40|
Ryan Zimmerman also homered for the Nationals, who had lost seven of eight and hadn't scored more than three runs in 10 straight games. It was only the second time in 19 games they scored at least five runs.
Chico (4-5) struck out four and did not walk a batter in another strong performance. He had been 0-1 in his previous eight starts despite giving up only 13 runs in seven no-decisions.
Saul Rivera worked the eighth and Ray King completed the five-hitter, Washington's third shutout this season. The Cubs were blanked for the fourth time.
Rich Hill (5-6) allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings. He has lost five of his last six decisions and is winless in five outings since beating Atlanta 2-1 on June 7.
Phillies 8, Astros 3
HOUSTON (AP) - Ryan Howard had a two-run homer and an RBI single to help Cole Hamels earn his elusive 10th win for Philadelphia.
Wes Helms, Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell homered and Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple for the Phillies, who won for the third time in nine games.
Hamels (10-4) gave up eight hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings and became the first Phillies starter since Eric Milton in 2004 to win 10 games before the All-Star break. The left-hander had his longest outing since going eight innings against the Chicago White Sox on June 12, his last victory.
Houston starter Chris Sampson (6-6) took a loss for the first time in five starts, giving up four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Giants 9, Reds 5
CINCINNATI (AP) - Fred Lewis hit another grand slam and slumping starter Matt Cain turned it into a long-awaited win, while Barry Bonds watched from the dugout with a day off.
Lewis, a 26-year-old rookie filling in for the Giants' slugger, had three hits, including a fourth-inning grand slam off Matt Belisle (5-6).
Lewis didn't hit a homer during a September call-up last year. Two of his three this year are grand slams, making him the first rookie in San Francisco history to hit two in a season.
No one appreciated it more than Cain (3-9), who got his first win since May 13. The bullpen had blown three leads for him, and the offense had scored only three runs in his last 32 innings on the mound.