|Sunday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 05 August 2007 11:36|
The liner to left easily scored Jeff Francoeur, who had doubled into the left field corner off Taylor Buchholz (5-4), giving the Braves their fifth win in seven games. Atlanta took two of three from Colorado.
Chipper Jones went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, his 18th of the season. Oscar Villarreal (2-1), the Braves' sixth pitcher, earned the win with a scoreless tenth.
Rockies reserve outfielder Ryan Spilborghs hit solo home runs in the second and fifth innings, his eighth and ninth of the year, off Braves starter Chuck James.
The Rockies had tied it at 5 in the seventh off reliever Octavio Dotel on Todd Helton's two-out flair to left, just past shortstop Escobar's glove. The single scored Jamey Carroll, who had tripled.
Colorado starter Aaron Cook went 5 2-3 innings and allowed five runs - three earned - and 10 hits without a walk. He struck out one.
James went five innings and left in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Carroll and singles by Holliday and Helton.
Marlins 6, Astros 5
MIAMI (AP) - Scott Olsen won for the first time in three starts since his DUI arrest, allowing two of Houston's first three hitters to score before settling down and retiring 14 of 15 batters during one stretch.
Olsen (9-9) struck out eight, limiting the Astros to six hits and three runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Marlins slugger Miguel Cabrera departed in the fourth inning with a bruised left elbow after being hit by a pitch. His replacement in the order, Cody Ross, doubled home a run in the fifth and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.
Hanley Ramirez hit his 19th home run for Florida. No. 8 hitter Alfredo Amezaga drove in two runs with a groundout and a sacrifice fly.
Houston's Carlos Lee hit an RBI double in the first and a three-run homer in the eighth, his 23rd. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.
Matt Albers (2-5) allowed five hits and five runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Nationals 6, Cardinals 3
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Nationals beat the Cardinals for their first six-game winning streak in more than a year.
With the score 3-3, Nook Logan led off the eighth with a bunt single off Ryan Franklin (4-2). Pinch-hitter Robert Fick sacrificed, D'Angelo Jimenez walked and Logan stole third.
After Ronnie Belliard struck out, Zimmerman took a called strike, swung at the second pitch, then fouled off four straight offerings before lofting a single to short left field. On Friday, Zimmerman hit a game-ending single off Franklin.
Dmitri Young, who had three hits and three RBIs, added a two-run double for a 6-3 lead.
Ray King (1-0) induced his only batter, Yadier Molina, to hit into a double play that ended the eighth and got his first win since April 15 last year for Colorado against Philadelphia. Chad Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 30 chances.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pirates and Reds had their game rained out, and it will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 28.
Steady showers began about 45 minutes before the scheduled start time of 1:35 p.m. and continued through the official announcement of the postponement at about 2:45.
It is the third postponement due to rain for the Pirates at home this season, plus a suspended game May 1 that was finished the following afternoon. The first two were April 14-15 against the San Francisco Giants. Those are being made up Aug. 13, meaning the Pirates will play two home doubleheaders this month.
The Reds had taken the first two games of the weekend three-game set.