|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:41|
Arroyo (4-10) matched his season low by giving up three hits and matched his season high with nine strikeouts. He did not allow a run in a start for the first time since Sept. 25 against the Chicago Cubs.
Keppinger, who had only 10 at-bats and two starts since being called up on July 7, had a two-run double in the fifth.
Ken Griffey Jr. and Brandon Phillips had two-run singles in a four-run seventh to make it 6-2 and the Braves scored four runs off Mike Stanton in the eighth, including a two-run homer by Andruw Jones.
Chipper Jones had a two-out RBI single in the ninth, but David Weathers got Andruw Jones to fly out to the warning track in left to end the game for his 18th save.
Braves rookie Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1), making his second start, gave up eight hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Rockies 6, Pirates 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Josh Fogg scattered five hits over seven innings as Colorado handed Pittsburgh its fifth straight loss.
Jamey Carroll reached base four times and Garrett Atkins had three hits for the Rockies (47-46), who moved a game over .500 by taking the first two games of their series with Pittsburgh and clinched their first winning series at PNC Park.
Every Colorado starter had at least one hit, six players scored a run and five had an RBI.
Nate McLouth homered and Xavier Nady had two hits for Pittsburgh, which had won its previous five series at home.
The Rockies took a 4-1 lead in the second off Pittsburgh starter Shane Youman (2-1). Jeff Baker had an RBI, Carroll doubled in a run, Willy Taveras had a run-scoring groundout Ryan Spilborghs had an RBI single.
Colorado added another run in the third when Atkins scored on a passed ball.
Fogg (5-6) retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.
Marlins 4, Cardinals 0
MIAMI (AP) - Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs and Rick Vanden Hurk pitched five sharp innings for Florida.
Vanden Hurk (3-2), a native of the Netherlands who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday morning to start the game, allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one.
Five Marlins relievers scattered two hits over the final four innings to preserve the shutout.
Brad Thompson (6-4) pitched six innings, giving up three runs and seven hits for St. Louis, which hadn't been shut out since losing 2-0 to the New York Mets on June 27.
Ramirez's RBI double in the third made it 1-0 and extended his hitting streak to nine games. His two-run homer in the fifth made it 3-0.
Astros 4, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer, rookie Hunter Pence added a tiebreaking solo shot, and Roy Oswalt made his first relief appearance in more than a year for Houston.
Brad Lidge, newly reinstalled as Houston's closer, pitched the ninth for his first save since Sept. 28, 2006, and the Astros ended a seven-game road losing slide.
All but one of the game's runs came on homers, with Washington's Ronnie Belliard connecting off Chris Sampson (7-6) in the first and Ryan Zimmerman going deep in the fourth.
Sampson went 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits, for his first victory since June 8. Oswalt, an All-Star with an 8-6 record and 3.91 ERA in 21 starts this season, came on in the seventh and got pinch-hitter Robert Fick to fly out to end the inning. Oswalt was on what would be his normal side-session day.
Lee's 18th homer, and second in two nights, came off Tim Redding (1-2) in the third and it broke a 2-2 tie. Pence led off the fifth with his 12th homer.