|Thursday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 19 July 2007 19:56|
Bonds returned to the starting lineup for the first time in four games after resting his sore legs.
On Friday, the chase moves to Milwaukee, the city where Aaron both started and ended his career. It's also the home of commissioner Bud Selig, who hasn't said whether he'll be in attendance as Bonds attempts to make history.
Bonds' solo shot in the second pulled the Giants within 4-1 and it was San Francisco's first hit off Ted Lilly (10-4), who surrendered his third career homer to Bonds and later a two-run single but still won his sixth straight decision to match a career high.
Bonds homered in the seventh, a three-run shot that made it 9-8. Will Ohman became the 443rd pitcher to give up a home run to Bonds, who has 19 this season. It was Bonds' 71st multihomer game, second all-time behind Babe Ruth's 72, and gave him six RBIs - his most since driving in six runs Sept. 22 at Milwaukee.
The Cubs earned their 18th victory in the last 23 games and sixth in seven since the All-Star break.
Brewers 10, Diamondbacks 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rookie Yovani Gallardo pitched six shutout innings and Tony Graffanino homered for Milwaukee, which scored four runs in the sixth to break it open.
Gallardo (2-1) gave up three hits, walked two and struck out four. He started in place of Brewers ace Ben Sheets, who was put on the disabled list Monday with a sprained right middle finger.
Gallardo has given up six runs in 25 1-3 innings in his four starts since being called up June 14. He has made three relief appearances, giving up three earned runs in 9 1-3 innings.
Livan Hernandez (5-6) pitched 5 1-3 innings for Arizona, and was charged with six runs and eight hits. The Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last nine road games.
Reds 7, Marlins 5
MIAMI (AP) - Ryan Freel hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Cincinnati won its fourth straight game.
The Reds blew an early 3-0 lead and trailed 5-3 before scoring four runs in the eighth against Armando Benitez (2-5). Freel capped the comeback with his third home run, giving him 15 RBIs this season.
Cincinnati scored three in the first after right fielder Jeremy Hermida appeared to lose a routine two-out fly in the sun, but Matt Belisle was unable to protect the lead. Winless since May 29, he allowed nine hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Norris Hopper had an RBI single in the eighth before Freel homered.
The crowd of 10,344 was the smallest at home this season for Florida, last in the NL in attendance.
Miguel Olivo and Josh Willingham homered for the Marlins.
Todd Coffey (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and David Weathers got three outs for his 19th save.
Braves 10, Cardinals 1
ATLANTA (AP) - Andruw Jones homered and drove in three runs to back seven strong innings by Tim Hudson, and Atlanta Braves ended a three-game losing streak.
Matt Diaz, whose solo homer in the second made it 3-0, finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
St. Louis, which scored on David Eckstein's sacrifice fly in the sixth, has lost four of seven since the All-Star break.
Hudson (10-5) struck out three and gave up one run and five hits.
Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Julio Franco, playing his first game with the Braves since 2005, drove in two runs with a single that made it 10-0.
Jones, whose 19th homer made it 2-0, added an RBI single in the fourth for a 7-0 lead.
Mike Maroth (0-3) gave up 10 runs and 11 hits in five innings.
Nationals 5, Rockies 4, 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) - D'Angelo Jimenez's first hit in 20 at-bats as a pinch hitter this season was a game-ending RBI single with one out in the 10th inning for Washington.
Austin Kearns led off the bottom of the 10th with a single off LaTroy Hawkins (1-5), advanced to second on a sacrifice and took third on passed ball. Jimenez, the last position player the Nationals had on the bench, then improved to 2-for-26 overall in 2007.
Jon Rauch (4-2) pitched a perfect 10th for the Nationals.
The Nationals tied it in the eighth with help from an error by right fielder Brad Hawpe on rookie Jesus Flores' pinch-hit single to right that allowed two runs to score and made it 4-4.
Colorado got two-run homers from Garrett Atkins and Troy Tulowitzki.
Padres 1, Phillies 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Chris Young gave up two hits in seven innings, and Brian Giles' RBI double provided all the offense San Diego needed.
Young (9-3) did not allow a runner to reach third base as he struck out six and issued three walks, all to Ryan Howard. Young lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.85 as he won his fifth straight decision.
Heath Bell worked the eighth before Trevor Hoffman finished the four-hitter for his 27th save. The Padres have 14 shutouts, tops in the majors.
The Padres had three hits and won for the fifth time this season with three or fewer hits. Young has started all five games that the Padres have won 1-0.
Cole Hamels (11-5) allowed one run and two hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Geoff Blum singled with one out in the third, was sacrificed to second by Young and scored on Giles' double down the left-field line.
Mets 13, Dodgers 9
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carlos Delgado and Ramon Castro hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning and Carlos Beltran added a solo shot in the eighth for New York, which led 6-0 after the top of the first.
The teams combined for 35 hits.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer and Jeff Kent homered for the Dodgers.
Aaron Sele (3-0) allowed one run in three innings in relief of Tom Glavine, who was going for his 299th career win.
Rudy Seanez served up Delgado's 16th homer and Castro's sixth, extending the Mets' lead to 12-7.
Beltran led off the eighth with his 17th homer off Mark Hendrickson, the Dodgers' fifth pitcher of the game, that made it 13-8.
The Mets batted around against Derek Lowe (8-9) in the first, scoring six runs on six hits. David Wright hit a two-run double and Shawn Green had a two-run single in the inning.