|Sunday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 29 July 2007 12:20|
Derrek Lee homered for the third time in four days for Chicago, which finished off a 4-2 road trip. Alfonso Soriano also had two hits and scored a run.
Brandon Phillips' first-inning single up the middle and Javier Valentin's seventh-inning bloop single to center were the only hits allowed by Zambrano in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked three, and has won seven of his last eight.
Zambrano (14-7) tied a career high with three hits and stayed in after Ryan Freel lined a pitch off his right ankle in the sixth. The ball caromed to third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who threw Freel out. Zambrano left the game after striking out pinch-hitter Norris Hopper leading off the eighth inning.
Matt Belisle (5-8) hasn't won in 10 starts over two months since beating the Astros at Houston on May 29. He gave up four runs and nine hits, struck out four and walked one.
Mets 5, Nationals 4, 4 1/2 innings
NEW YORK (AP) - John Maine shut down Washington, David Wright drove in two runs and the Mets salvaged a four-game split in a game shortened by rain.
Ryan Castro made sure the Mets didn't miss All-Star catcher Paul Lo Duca, who strained a hamstring on Saturday night. The backup catcher had a home run, a double and two RBIs.
Less than 10 minutes after the game became official, plate umpire Mike Winters called out the grounds crew to cover the infield. The game was called after a wait of about 90 minutes.
Maine retired his final 14 batters after a first-inning single by Ronnie Belliard. He got two foul popouts to start the fifth and struck out Nook Logan swinging to end it.
Maine (12-5) struck out five without a walk and won for the sixth time in his last eight starts. He's walked only three in those six wins, with 37 strikeouts.
Billy Traber (2-2) was ineffective in his second start of the year, allowing five runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Phillies 5, Pirates 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jimmy Rollins had three hits and Kyle Kendrick tossed seven strong innings as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep.
Philadelphia, winners in eight of their last nine, improved to a season-high six games over .500 (55-49) and swept the Pirates for the first time since 2001.
Nate McLouth homered for Pittsburgh, which fell to 2-13 since the All-Star break.
Kendrick (5-1) allowed one run on six hits, walking one and striking out four. It was his first victory since July 13.
Ryan Madson got two outs in the eighth inning before leaving with a right shoulder strain. Antonio Alfonseca inherited an 0-2 count and needed one pitch to strike out Jason Bay.
Ian Snell (7-9), who was 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA against the Phillies in his previous two starts, allowed three runs on six hits over six innings to lose for the fourth straight time.
Padres 18, Astros 11
HOUSTON (AP) - Mike Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers during an 11-run first inning off Jason Jennings, as the Padres' bats came alive on the day franchise hits leader Tony Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Brian Giles had a two-run double and starting pitcher Tim Stauffer, called up from the minors on Saturday, had a two-run single as San Diego put together its biggest first inning since scoring 13 against St. Louis on Aug. 24, 1993.
San Diego pounded out a season-high 19 hits, and it was the most runs allowed by the Astros in an inning since they gave up 14 in the first against Cincinnati on Aug. 3, 1989.
Jennings (2-7) allowed eight hits and three walks, including the first two batters he faced.
Doug Brocail (3-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief to get the win.
Cardinals 9, Brewers 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ryan Ludwick's bases-loaded walk broke an eighth-inning tie, Albert Pujols followed with a three-run double and the Cardinals rallied from a five-run deficit.
Milwaukee, which led the NL Central by 8 1/2 games before play on June 24, is just a half-game ahead of the Chicago Cubs, the Brewers' smallest margin since before play on April 22.
The defending World Series Cardinals are just six games back after trailing by 10 1/2 games at the end of June. Milwaukee completed a 2-6 trip and has lost 11 of its last 14 road games, dropping to 21-32 away from Miller Park.
St. Louis closed to 5-4 in a four-run fifth inning, then went ahead in a five-run eighth against Derrick Turnbow (2-4) and Carlos Villanueva.
Ryan Franklin (4-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings as St. Louis won its third straight.