|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 24 July 2007 17:44|
Gallardo (3-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded threat in the first inning, then shut down a free-swinging lineup that leads the majors in homers. The rookie right-hander limited the Reds to one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings by mixing his 92 mph fastball and sharp curve.
Milwaukee needs more of the same from the 21-year-old Gallardo, who moved back into the rotation this month after Ben Sheets went on the disabled list with an injured finger on his pitching hand. Gallardo is 3-0 in five starts overall this season.
He also had a run-scoring single off Matt Belisle (5-7), who failed to make it out of the fourth inning. The single came in handy for a team that was batting only .222 since the All-Star break, worst in the NL.
Scott Hatteberg broke the shutout with a run-scoring double in the seventh, and the Reds made it close against the Brewers' bullpen. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Derrick Turnbow, his 27th overall. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances.
Phillies 4, Nationals 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aaron Rowand's solo homer in the eighth inning sent the Phillies to their fourth straight win.
Rowand's 14th homer, a two-out drive off Luis Ayala (0-2) into the left-field seats, extended a hot streak that saw him hit .355 on Philadelphia's seven-game road trip.
Ryan Madson (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win, and Antonio Alfonseca worked the ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances.
The Phillies were 8 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets on May 31. They've cut three games off that deficit and opened a six-game homestand against second-division teams.
Washington starter Jason Bergmann left in the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring. He walked Chase Utley with one out in the third. Then a trainer and pitching coach Randy St. Claire came out for a visit and soon signaled for the left-handed Billy Traber.
Mets 8, Pirates 4
NEW YORK (AP) - John Maine hit a two-run homer, the first of his career, and struck out seven to win for the first time since the All-Star break.
Maine (11-5) allowed only an RBI double to Xavier Nady, a solo homer to Jason Bay in the fourth, and three other hits in seven innings.
Lastings Milledge was 3-for-3, hit a two-run shot in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Mets, who have won eight of 12 since the break and began a seven-game homestand against the Pirates and Nationals, two teams among the worst in baseball.
David Wright, Ruben Gotay and Shawn Green also drove in runs. Aaron Heilman pitched a perfect eighth inning before Guillermo Mota allowed a two-run shot to Bay in the ninth, his first multihomer game of the year.
Ian Snell (7-8) lasted only four innings, giving up six runs and 10 hits.
Astros 7, Dodgers 4
HOUSTON (AP) - Craig Biggio, who earlier in the night announced he plans to retire at the end of this season, capped a six-run sixth inning with a tiebreaking grand slam.
Biggio, a 20-year veteran who reached 3,000 hits on June 28, connected off Rudy Seanez (6-2) for his fourth slam, his second this season.
Biggio, who also hit a slam at Milwaukee on April 20, was given a standing ovation before he came to the plate leading off the bottom of the first inning. The applause went on for nearly two minutes before Biggio backed out of the batter's box and acknowledged the fans.
He also singled in the fifth and went 2-for-5. With 3,016 hits, he moved within four of Rafael Palmeiro for 23rd place.
Jason Jennings (2-6), who had lost his previous five starts, allowed three runs and three hits in six innings to win for the first time since June 19 at the Los Angeles Angels.
Cubs 4, Cardinals 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Zambrano won his NL-leading 13th game and Aramis Ramirez's third single of the game snapped a seventh-inning tie for Chicago.
Third baseman Scott Rolen's two-out fielding error on Ryan Theriot's routine grounder opened the door in the pivotal inning for the Cubs, who are an NL-best 20-7 since June 3.
Zambrano (13-7) threw 117 pitches in 6 1-3 innings and the Cardinals ended his scoreless streak at 20 1-3 innings over three games on Skip Schumaker's two-run triple in the fifth. They couldn't keep Zambrano from passing Brad Penny for the NL victory lead.
Zambrano, who struck out five and walked three, is 8-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 10 starts since June 2 and has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of them.
Kip Wells (4-13) made his second straight strong outing, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, but regained the major league lead in losses.