|Friday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 13 July 2007 19:33|
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -Andruw Jones and Brian McCann hit back-to-back homers to start a six-run sixth inning, and Atlanta beat Pittsburgh 9-1 on Friday night.
Tim Hudson (9-5) gave up five hits and walked one batter in seven shutout innings. He had four strikeouts and is 3-0 in his last four starts.
The Braves, who have won 10 of 14, pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.
The Braves had seven hits in the sixth, knocking Pirates starter Ian Snell out of the game. Snell (7-6) gave up three homers, two by McCann, who drove in four runs for the second straight game.
Hudson hit a bases-loaded single and Edgar Renteria added a two-run single as the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth. Chipper Jones and Matt Diaz also drove in runs in the inning.
Snell gave up eight hits and seven runs, four earned, in five innings. His ERA climbed from 2.93, fifth in the NL, to 3.11.
Reds 8, Mets 4
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Phillips hit a first-inning grand slam and drove in six runs to lead Cincinnati.
Phillips' second slam in 11 days put John Maine in a four-run hole before he retired a batter. Phillips added an RBI double in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the sixth, matching his career high for RBIs.
That made it an easy night for Aaron Harang (10-2), who struck out eight in six innings to win his fifth straight decision.
Lastings Milledge homered late for the NL East leaders, who dropped to 3-7 in July.
Ryan Freel opened the game with a double, Norris Hopper reached on a bunt single and Ken Griffey Jr. walked to load the bases. Phillips drove the next pitch over the left-field fence for his 18th home run of the season and third career slam. He also hit a grand slam July 3 against San Francisco.
Maine (10-5) gave up a season-high seven runs - four earned - and six hits.
Cubs 6, Astros 0
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Zambrano allowed three hits over 6 2-3 innings and had two singles and an RBI as Chicago won for the 13th time in 17 games.
Zambrano (11-7) left with the bases loaded in the seventh. Carlos Marmol relieved and got Eric Munson on a fly ball to center.
The Astros, who committed four errors, made two on the same play in the fourth when the Cubs scored three runs off Jason Jennings (1-5).
With a run in and a runner on second, third baseman Mike Lamb fumbled a grounder and then threw low to first for an error. First baseman Lance Berkman airmailed a throw over the third base dugout for another error. Zambrano then had an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
Jennings went 5 1-3 innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs.
Nationals 14, Marlins 10
MIAMI (AP) - Dmitri Young hit a three-run double to cap Washington's six-run fourth inning.
Young drove in four runs for the Nationals, who set a season-high for runs and chased Florida starter Dontrelle Willis after 3 2-3 innings. Ronnie Belliard added three hits and Nook Logan scored four runs for Washington, which has won three straight and four of its last six.
Josh Willingham and Alfredo Amezaga each had three-run homers, and Mike Jacobs hit his sixth of the year for the Marlins.
Saul Rivera (3-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings in relief and allowed a run and three hits to pick up the win.
Willis (7-8) allowed eight hits and eight runs - three earned - in 3 2-3 innings. He's winless in his last eight starts and is 0-5 in eight starts at home since April 23.
Phillies 13, Cardinals 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kyle Kendrick had another effective outing and drove in two runs and Philadelphia stayed on 9,999 losses.
Chase Utley had a homer, four hits and three RBIs, and Greg Dobbs also had four hits for the Phillies, who had a season-high 23, four shy of the team record.
Albert Pujols of the Cardinals hit his 17th homer, his first since June 14.
Kendrick (4-0) has pitched at least six innings in all six of his starts and hasn't allowed more than four earned runs.
The Phillies are about to become the first professional sports team to reach an unwanted record: 10,000 losses.
Philadelphia rocked starter Kip Wells (3-12) for five runs in the first inning and scored nine runs by the fifth.
Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff double in the first, Utley had an RBI single and Ryan Howard doubled as part of a seven-hit, five-run inning. Kendrick singled up the middle for his first career RBI.
Kendrick pitched seven innings, his longest outing, allowing one run and four hits.
Rockies 10, Brewers 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba hit two-run homers in a decisive fifth inning for Colorado.
Matt Holliday also homered and Todd Helton had a two-run double for Colorado, which won for the sixth time in seven games by scoring twice in the third, three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth.
Ryan Braun had two homers and drove in four runs for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven and has seen its lead in the NL Central shrink to 3 1/2 games over Chicago.
Jeff Francis (9-5) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings to win his fourth straight decision. He hit a two-run double in the fourth.
Carlos Villanueva (6-1) pitched three innings in relief and gave up five runs and three hits - all home runs.
Diamondbacks 8, Padres 3
PHOENIX (AP) - Rookie Jeff Salazar had three hits and made a spectacular catch to rob Brian Giles of a home run and Arizona improved to 10-1 all-time against Greg Maddux.
And that doesn't include two victories over him in the 2001 NL championship series, when he pitched for Atlanta. Maddux, 10th on the all-time list with 340 victories, has a winning record against every other NL team.
Doug Davis (6-10) allowed two runs in six innings as Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak.
Eric Byrnes had three hits and an RBI and Chad Tracy had two doubles for Arizona.
Kevin Kouzmanoff had a double, triple and homer, and Jose Cruz Jr. homered for the Padres, who have lost four of five.
Maddux (7-7) gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings.
Dodgers 9, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chad Billingsley pitched six scoreless innings and Andre Ethier hit a three-run double in a six-run ninth as Los Angeles won their ninth straight in San Francisco.
Barry Bonds stayed stuck at 751 home runs, four shy of Hank Aaron's home run record. He walked twice and grounded into two double plays.
Billingsley (6-0) allowed four hits, struck out two and walked three.
San Francisco scored an unearned run in the eighth to avoid being shut out in consecutive games.
Los Angeles has its longest winning streak in any road ballpark since a 13-game run in the Giants' former stadium, Candlestick Park, in 1976-77.
The Dodgers led by two going into the ninth, before stringing together seven straight hits, capped by Ethier's bases-clearing double.
Matt Cain (3-10) gave up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in five innings.