|Saturday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 04 August 2007 19:40|
Corey Hart robbed Tadahito Iguchi of what could have been a game-tying homer in the ninth, and Milwaukee remained a game ahead of Chicago. Philadelphia (57-53) stayed five games behind the first-place Mets with the loss.
Milwaukee trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning and 5-4 heading into the eighth.
But with one out, J.J. Hardy singled. Ryan Braun popped out, bringing up Fielder, who hit a 1-2 pitch by Tom Gordon deep into the right-field seats, delighting the sellout crowd of 42,126.
Hart then saved the game in the ninth and helped Francisco Cordero pick up his 34th save in 39 chances. With one out, Iguchi drove a ball deep to right, but Hart went back to the wall and leaped to bring the ball back.
Derrick Turnbow (3-4) pitched the eighth to get the win. Gordon dropped to 1-2.
Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Greg Dobbs homered for the Phillies.
Cubs 6, Mets 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Ryan Theriot legged out an RBI-infield single with two outs that started a six-run third inning for Chicago.
Jacque Jones had three hits for the Cubs, who have the National League's best record since June 3 at 36-20.
Moises Alou homered twice for the Mets, who snapped a three-game winning streak.
Cubs starter Ted Lilly (12-5) bounced back from his first loss on Monday since June 5 with 7 2-3 impressive innings, allowing two runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts and a walk. He has won seven of his last eight starts.
Mets starter John Maine (12-6), who retired the first six batters he faced, lost his rhythm in the third inning en route to the shortest start of his career. He lasted 2 2-3 innings and allowed six runs and four hits, with three walks and a strikeout. He was 6-1 in his last eight starts before Saturday.
Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Byrnes and Miguel Montero hit two-run homers, Livan Hernandez recorded his first road win since May 17, and the Diamondbacks held off a late rally.
Arizona widened its lead over third-place Los Angeles with its 12th victory in 14 games, while the Dodgers lost for the 11th time in their last 15.
Hernandez (7-7) allowed two runs - one earned - and five hits in six innings and struck out four. It was the first time in the right-hander's last 13 starts that he did not allow a home run. The Dodgers have hit 83, the fewest in the NL.
Los Angeles rallied from an 8-2 deficit, getting within a run on Andre Ethier's homer in the eighth. But Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 38 chances.
Derek Lowe (8-10) allowed six runs - four earned - and four hits over five innings and struck out four. It was the right-hander's first outing in 10 days, the result of irritation in his left hip.
Braves 6, Rockies 4
ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Hudson stopped another losing skid, pitching seven scoreless innings and hitting a two-run single for Atlanta.
Hudson made his 12th start following an Atlanta loss. The Braves are 10-2 in those games.
This time, Hudson stopped a two-game losing streak, allowing the Braves to pull to within 4 1/2 games of the New York Mets in the NL East.
Hudson (12-5) gave up only five hits and two walks and struck out seven.
The Rockies rallied with Garrett Atkins' grand slam off reliever Octavio Dotel in the eighth. Dotel loaded the bases on Yorvit Torrealba's double, shortstop Yunel Escobar's throwing error on Cory Sullivan's grounder and Kaz Matsui's walk. Atkins cleared the bases with the drive into the seats in left-center.
Colorado starter Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) struck out seven in only 4 2-3 innings, but he gave up five walks and hit two batters - including one hit and one walk in Atlanta's three-run fifth inning.
Nationals 12, Cardinals 1
WASHINGTON (AP)- Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, and Joel Hanrahan added a two-run double in his first major league win as Washington extended its winning streak to a season-best five games.
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, attempting to shake up an anemic offense, decided that Adam Kennedy would bat ninth and his pitcher eighth. It was the first time La Russa batted his pitcher eighth since 1998.
For a while, the move looked brilliant. Kennedy hit a home run with one out in the third, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
But Hanrahan (1-0), a 25-year-old rookie making his second major league start, didn't allow another run pitching into the fifth inning. He gave up six hits, struck out three and walked three in sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight defeat.
Joel Pineiro (0-1) gave up five runs - four earned - on seven hits in five innings.
Reds 9, Pirates 8, 10 innings
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Adam Dunn's two-run homer in the 10th inning lifted Cincinnati in a battle between the worst two teams in the National League.
Pirates closer Matt Caps (4-5) gave up the tying run on a solo homer to Jeff Keppinger in the ninth. After Brandon Phillips led off the tenth with a single, Dunn connected on his 30th homer of the season into the right-centerfield seats.
David Weathers gave up pinch hitter Jack Wilson's solo homer in the bottom of the 10th before finishing for his 21st save.
Jason Bay, Nate McLouth, Ronny Paulino and starting pitcher Matt Morris also homered for the Pirates, the first time they've had five homers in a game since August 2003. Pittsburgh has won only four times since the All-Star break.
Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the Reds. Jared Burton (3-1) earned the victory with 1 2-3 innings of scoreless work.
Marlins 6, Astros 5, 12 innings
MIAMI (AP) - Miguel Cabrera tied the game with a homer in the seventh, then scored the winning run from second base on a wild pitch that bounced into the Florida dugout with two out in the 12th inning.
Stephen Randolph (0-1) intentionally walked Cabrera, who then took second on a wild pitch that hit catcher Eric Munson in the throat. With a 2-1 count on Mike Jacobs, Randolph threw another wild pitch that bounced away from Munson and trickled into the Marlins dugout, allowing Cabrera to race home with the winning run.
Hanley Ramirez homered and drove in three runs, and Dan Uggla also went deep for the Marlins. Lee Gardner (3-2) pitched one scoreless inning for the win.
Jason Lane hit a three-run homer for the Astros, giving Houston a 5-4 lead and setting up Cabrera's late-inning heroics.