|Thursday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 02 August 2007 20:15|
Damion Easley hit the first inside-the-park homer at Miller Park in five years, breaking a sixth-inning tie. The Mets scored three more times in the seventh, helped by shortstop J.J. Hardy's error and an RBI double from reliever Jorge Sosa.
When the half-inning ended, Estrada and Yost nearly tangled in the tunnel leading from the dugout to the clubhouse. Infielder Tony Graffanino stepped between them while pitcher Ben Sheets and pitching coach Mike Maddux stood in front of Estrada.
Brian Lawrence (1-0) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings for the victory - his first major league win since Aug. 16, 2005.
Chris Capuano (5-8) gave up 10 hits and five runs in six innings and lost his eighth straight decision. He started the season 5-0, but hasn't recorded a victory since May 5.
Giants 4, Dodgers 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Barry Bonds remained at 754 home runs, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in the series finale.
The Giants slugger now heads south to San Diego where Greg Maddux will try to keep Bonds from hitting the single home run he needs to tie Hank Aaron's record.
Bonds walked in the first and singled to right in the second inning, ending an 0-for-19 stretch against the Dodgers. He fouled out to the catcher in the fifth, was walked intentionally in the seventh and then lifted for Fred Lewis, Bonds' third straight early exit.
Barry Zito (8-10), the $126 million left-hander who has struggled in his first season with San Francisco, won for just the second time in 10 starts. He didn't allow a run in the initial inning for the first time in five outings since July 3 at Cincinnati.
Brett Tomko (2-9) took the loss, giving up three first-inning runs. He went on to last five innings, allowing five hits.
Phillies 10, Cubs 6
CHICAGO (AP) - Pat Burrell homered and Jayson Werth drove in four runs for the Phillies, who lost starter Kyle Lohse to a bruised forearm.
Lohse, acquired in a trade Monday with Cincinnati, lasted only one inning in his Phillies debut. He was hit by a line drive off the bat off Jacque Jones and had to leave the game.
Philadelphia had three-run rallies in the second and third and drove out Cubs starter Sean Marshall (5-5) after 2 2-3 innings. The Phillies added three more in the ninth.
J.D. Durbin (4-2), who pitched three innings after replacing Lohse, got the win despite giving up three runs and five hits.
Braves 12, Astros 11, 14 innings
ATLANTA (AP) - Astros pitcher Jason Jennings came through with a pinch-hit, two-out RBI single in the 14th inning as Houston ended a three-game losing skid.
Jennings, who was 1-for-17 entering the game, singled to right on a 2-1 pitch from Oscar Villarreal (1-1), scoring Jason Lane from second.
In his last start on Sunday, Jennings gave up 11 runs, eight hits and three walks in the first inning against San Diego and was gone after getting only two outs. It was the most runs given up by a pitcher to start a game since Aug. 13, 2006.
He made a relief appearance Wednesday night and allowed one run in Houston's 12-3 loss to the Braves. Jennings is scheduled to start Saturday at Florida.
Mark McLemore (1-0) got the win with a scoreless 13th. Brian Moehler earned his first save with a scoreless 14th.
Padres 11, Diamondbacks 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jake Peavy struck out 10 to pass 1,000 for his career, and Morgan Ensberg hit two two-run homers in his first start with the Padres.
Khalil Greene added a three-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez had a solo shot. Gonzalez, aboard for both of Ensberg's homers, scored three runs.
Another newcomer, Rob Mackowiak, also made his first San Diego start, filling in for injured right fielder Brian Giles. Mackowiak went 2-for-5, stole a base and scored two runs.
Peavy (11-5) reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the 20th time in his career. He had gone 13 straight starts without striking out at least 10.
Ensberg hit his first homer to left off Yusmeiro Petit (2-3) in the second. He homered into the second deck in left off reliever Dustin Nippert with two outs in the seventh.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 4, 11 innings
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pinch-hitter Jose Castillo singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Pirates won their second in a row after a streak in which they lost 15 of 16 after the All-Star break.
An error by shortstop David Eckstein helped Pittsburgh put runners on first and second with no outs in the 11th against Brad Thompson (6-5). Ronny Paulino then bunted into a double play, leaving Ryan Doumit at second base.
Castillo batted for Salomon Torres (1-3) and singled. Adam Kennedy, playing right field for the first time in his career after Scott Spiezio had been ejected, made a soft and off-line throw that let Doumit score easily.
Spiezio was tossed by plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing a called third strike that ended the top of the 10th.
Nationals 7, Reds 3
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman and the rest of Washington's suddenly potent offense gave Cincinnati starter Phil Dumatrait a rude welcome to the major leagues.
Zimmerman had three hits, drove in three runs and, on defense, made a slick backhanded stab while down on a knee to grab Jeff Conine's high hopper to third base leading off the seventh.
Washington has scored fewer runs than any other club in the majors, but Ronnie Belliard doubled twice and scored three runs, and Dmitri Young added two RBI singles to back a strong outing from Mike Bacsik (5-6).
Dumatrait (0-1) left after 82 pitches - and those weren't enough to get him out of the fourth inning of his big league debut. The 26-year-old left-hander, brought up from Triple-A Louisville before the game, lasted 3 1-3 innings and allowed six runs and eight hits.
Rockies 4, Marlins 3
MIAMI (AP) - Matt Holliday doubled home the tying run in the eighth inning and scored on Garrett Atkins' sacrifice fly for the Rockies.
Colorado trailed 3-2 when Kaz Matsui led off the eighth with an infield single against Armando Benitez (2-7) and scored on Holliday's double. Holliday took third on the throw home, then scored easily on Atkins' fly.
Four Colorado relievers shut out Florida over the final 3 2-3 innings. LaTroy Hawkins (2-5) pitched the seventh, and Manny Corpas closed out the win for his eighth save in as many chances since Brian Fuentes went on the disabled list.
The Rockies won despite striking out 12 times, hiking their two-game total to 28. The Marlins struck out 12 times and stranded nine runners.
Dan Uggla drove in two runs with his 22nd home run for Florida, and Josh Willingham hit his 16th.