|Saturday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 21 July 2007 19:24|
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.
Marlins 11, Reds 1
MIAMI (AP) - Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run home run and Jason Wood and Matt Treanor hit consecutive homers to help Byung-Hyun Kim earn his first home victory with the Marlins.
Kim (5-5), acquired by Florida in May, won for the first time in seven starts at Dolphin Stadium. He pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six. He didn't allow a base runner until he walked Ken Griffey Jr. with two outs in the fourth and he didn't allow a hit through four innings.
Bobby Livingston (2-1) pitched six-plus innings, allowing three runs on eight hits in his fifth Major League start. He struck out five.
The Marlins blew the game open with an eight-run eighth inning.
Pirates 7, Astros 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jason Bay and Adam LaRoche each drove in two runs and the Pirates won for the first time since the All-Star break, stopping a seven-game losing streak.
The Pirates were outscored 43-20 during a slide that included three-game sweeps by Atlanta and Colorado. The skid was their longest since they lost eight in a row immediately before winning their final two last season.
With Paul Maholm (6-12) avoiding a major league-leading 13th loss by pitching effectively over 6 2-3 innings, the Pirates exited last place in the NL Central after falling there for the first time this season by losing to Houston 2-1 on Friday night.
Freddy Sanchez hit a solo homer, his fifth, and scored three times for the Pirates, who hadn't won in 13 days since beating the Cubs 6-2 in their final game before the break on July 8.
Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (6-9) was ineffective for the second start in a row, giving up six runs, four earned, in five innings.
Braves 14, Cardinals 6
ATLANTA (AP) - Willie Harris joined Felix Millan as the only players in Atlanta history with six hits in a game, going 6-for-6 with two triples and six RBIs.
Harris is the franchise's seventh player to reach the mark.
Chipper Jones hit his 16th homer and had four RBIs for Atlanta, which set a single-game franchise record with a crowd of 53,953 at Turner Field.
Buddy Carlyle (5-2) allowed seven hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts in six innings. The right-hander gave up Chris Duncan's 19th homer in the fourth, which cut the lead to 7-3, but the Braves scored seven runs in their half of the inning.
Harris's two-run triple chased Braden Looper (7-8), who allowed 10 hits, seven runs and one walk in 3 2-3 innings before Troy Cate gave up four hits, four runs and three walks in one-third of an inning in relief.
Phillies 12, Padres 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ryan Howard hit two towering home runs off David Wells, drove in five runs and scored three times to lead the Phillies.
Howard, the reigning NL MVP, reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks. His power display gave Jamie Moyer the win in a matchup of 44-year-old lefty pitchers.
Moyer and Wells had a combined age of 88 years, 307 days, the second-oldest pitching matchup in big league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The oldest matchup featured the Angels' Don Sutton against the Indians' Phil Niekro on June 8, 1987, when their combined age was 90 years, 135 days.
Moyer (8-8) had been 0-3 with a 10.06 ERA in his last three starts. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Wells (5-6) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.