|Monday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 23 July 2007 19:06|
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -John Smoltz silenced the sellout crowd eager to see another home run by Barry Bonds, keeping him at 753 in Atlanta's 4-2 victory over San Francisco on Monday night.
Bonds returned from a seven-game trip two homers shy of tying Hank Aaron's career record but was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.
Commissioner Bud Selig was a no-show for Bonds' welcome home party.
Brian McCann hit a three-run double in the first to stake Smoltz (10-5) to a quick lead. Smoltz has surrendered eight home runs to Bonds but none since giving up two on Aug. 9, 1998.
San Francisco's Mark Sweeney received a curtain call when he doubled leading off the seventh to tie with Manny Mota for second place with 150 pinch hits, trailing only Lenny Harris (212).
Smoltz allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits in seven innings. Bob Wickman finished for his 17th save.
Dodgers 10, Astros 2
HOUSTON (AP) - Chad Billingsley threw a five-hitter for his first complete game, and Jeff Kent had four hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles.
Billingsley took a shutout into the ninth inning and had two outs when Luke Scott hit a two-run homer.
Luis Gonzalez and James Loney both had three RBIs for the Dodgers, who came in having lost three of four.
Billingsley (7-0) walked three and struck out six. He is 3-0 in seven starts since joining the rotation June 21.
Chris Sampson (7-7) went five innings and allowed four runs and eight hits. The Astros bullpen, which had allowed one run in 21 2-3 innings over the last eight games, got hit hard. Dave Borkowski gave up three runs and five hits in two innings, and Brian Moehler gave up four hits in the ninth, including a three-run homer by Loney.
Reds 2, Brewers 1, 12 innings
CINCINNATI (AP) - Aaron Harang pitched 10 innings after returning from his grandfather's funeral, and pinch-hitter Javier Valentin's single in the 12th gave Cincinnati the victory.
Valentin's single with the bases loaded was off Grant Balfour (0-2), who walked Jeff Conine and Pedro Lopez to open the inning, then threw to third base too late on David Ross' bunt to get an out.
Reds closer David Weathers pitched out of a bases loaded, no-out threat in the 11th, inducing Johnny Estrada to ground into a home-to-first double play. Rookie Jared Burton (1-1) got the final two outs in the 12th for his first major league win.
Harang gave up Ryan Braun's solo homer in the fourth, then retired 17 batters before Braun singled with two outs in the ninth. He gave up seven hits.
Rockies 7, Padres 5
DENVER (AP) - Brad Hawpe's 18th homer, a two-run shot off Cla Meredith, capped a five-run eighth-inning rally for Colorado.
Greg Maddux was in line for his 341st career win until Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer, his 17th, off Scott Linebrink (3-3) with one out in the eighth, erasing a 5-2 deficit. Linebrink allowed four runs in 2-3 of an inning.
Milton Bradley and Kevin Kouzmanoff homered in support of Maddux, who left with a 5-2 lead after six innings in which he yielded two runs and five hits.
Maddux also added a single and stole the 10th base of his 22-year major league career.
Taylor Buchholz (5-3) pitched two shutout innings for the win. Manuel Corpas pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 3
PHOENIX (AP) - Florida's Dontrelle Willis allowed four runs, including Orlando Hudson's two-run homer, and lost his career-high seventh straight decision.
Willis (7-10), who opened the season with three straight wins and five victories in six starts, is 0-7 in 10 starts since winning at Wrigley Field on May 29. He gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out four in 6 2-3 innings.
Doug Davis (7-1) scattered five hits and struck out eight over 6 2-3 innings. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his third save in as many days, and 31st overall, tying him with Milwaukee's Francisco Cordero for the major league lead.
Hudson's home run tied the game at 2 in the third.
Mike Jacobs' homer gave Florida a 3-2 lead in the top of sixth, but the Diamondbacks came right back in their half of the inning as Hudson tied it with an RBI single and Chris Snyder's two-out single gave them a 4-3 lead.