|Saturday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 21 July 2007 13:35|
By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) -Tim Lincecum pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, Pedro Feliz homered and drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants won again without a hit from Barry Bonds, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0 on Saturday.
Bonds remained at 753 homers, two from tying Hank Aaron's record. It seemed the San Francisco star would resume his pursuit of 755 back in the Bay Area where he is so beloved in the Giants' waterfront ballpark.
Bonds, who was expected to take the day off Sunday, will face another one of Aaron's former clubs - the Atlanta Braves - starting Monday night. And he should be fresh: The left fielder didn't even have to touch the ball on defense. He will likely want to play all seven games of the homestand, including his birthday on Tuesday.
Lincecum (5-2) struck out eight and won his third straight decision, helping San Francisco win a series for the first time in the second half.
Bonds went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and two walks - one intentional.
Dave Bush (8-8) struck out seven and avoided becoming the 444th pitcher to allow a homer to Bonds, but lost for only the second time in seven starts.
Dodgers 8, Mets 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brad Penny became the first starting pitcher to open a season 12-1 for the Dodgers since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958, and Matt Kemp's three-run homer keyed a comeback from a four-run deficit.
Penny, whose only loss was a 9-1 drubbing by the Angels down the freeway in Anaheim on May 18, allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in 6 1-3 innings while winning his seventh straight decision.
Jorge Sosa (7-5) gave up six runs and eight hits over four innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list - both losses.
David Wright and Carlos Beltran each hit a two-run homer for the NL East-leading Mets, who lost for the first time this season when leading by more than three runs.
The Dodgers pulled ahead 6-4 with five runs in the fourth. Kemp followed an RBI single by Andre Ethier with his sixth home run, a drive to left-center on the first pitch. Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre hit two-out doubles, accounting for the sixth run.
Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Stephen Drew homered to snap an eighth-inning tie and Orlando Hudson had three hits for Arizona.
The Cubs lost for only the sixth time in 25 games. Arizona got its fifth victory in 18 tries.
With one out in the eighth, Drew hit a solo shot off reliever Bob Howry (5-5) through a steady wind that was blowing in. Drew's sixth homer of the season put the Diamondbacks ahead 3-2. He is 9-for-17 in his career at Wrigley Field with three home runs.
Arizona's bullpen tossed five hitless innings. Juan Cruz (4-1) went three innings to earn the win, Tony Pena worked a hitless eighth and Jose Valverde got three outs for his 29th save in 32 chances.
Nationals 3, Rockies 0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Felipe Lopez homered and Mike Bacsik pitched into the seventh inning to lead Washington.
Pinch-hitter Tony Batista singled to drive in two runs in the seventh, and Chad Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save.
Bacsik (2-6) was 1-6 in his last nine starts but tamed the Rockies by holding them to only one hit after the first inning. Relievers Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala and Cordero retired the final seven batters to preserve the three-hitter.
Rodrigo Lopez (5-3) has been brilliant at Coors Field this season (5-0, 3.55 ERA) but has struggled on the road, where he is 0-3.