|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2007 19:44|
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Felipe Lopez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Washington overcame Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th career home run for an 8-6 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday night.
Bonds' homer broke his tie with Hank Aaron and he took sole possession of baseball's most hallowed record. He drove a 3-2 pitch from Mike Bacsik over the wall in right-center in the fifth inning. He was 3-for-3 before being replaced in the top of the sixth.
The Giants extended the lead to 6-4 on Randy Winn's run-scoring single in the seventh.
Austin Kearns started the Nationals' four-run rally in the eighth with a double. Kevin Correia (1-6) relieved with runners on first and third and one out and allowed an RBI single to Nook Logan, a game-tying single to pinch-hitter Tony Batista and Lopez's double that gave Washington a 7-6 lead.
Chris Schroder (1-0) pitched two innings for his first career win. Chad Cordero got three outs for his 24th save.
Lopez, Kearns and Brian Schneider homered for the Nationals, who have won seven of eight.
Bengie Molina homered and drove in three runs for the Giants, who have lost seven of the last eight games in which Bonds has homered.
Braves 7, Mets 3
NEW YORK (AP) - Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer and Matt Diaz added a solo shot to lead Atlanta to its seventh win in 10 games against the Mets this season.
The second-place Braves moved within 3 1/2 games of the Mets in the National League East and finally beat Oliver Perez.
Perez (10-8) had all three New York wins over Atlanta this season, but the Braves reached him for six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Diaz, Atlanta's second batter of the game, hit his eighth homer of the season. Francoeur's 13th homer made it 6-0 in the third.
Buddy Carlyle (7-3) won for the fifth time in his last six decisions, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings. Four relievers pitched four hitless innings to close out the game for Atlanta.
Phillies 11, Marlins 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard homered twice to back Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer.
Moyer (10-8) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, and had an RBI double in a five-run third inning.
Hanley Ramirez hit the first pitch of the game for his 20th homer, but Moyer settled in nicely after walking the next two batters. The 44-year-old left-hander retired 13 straight batters at one point and won his third straight decision. Moyer improved to 6-0 in six career starts against Florida.
J.D. Durbin pitched the final three innings for his first career save.
Rick VandenHurk (3-3) gave up six runs, five hits and walked five in 2 1-3 innings. He balked home a run in the third.
Howard hit a 431-foot shot to left-center in the fourth off Carlos Martinez, and Aaron Rowand followed with his 17th homer.
Howard hit his 32nd homer off Mauro Zarate in the sixth.
Reds 4, Dodgers 0
CINCINNATI (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched into the seventh inning and combined with three relievers on the eight-hitter as Cincinnati ended its nine-game losing streak against Los Angeles.
It was 97 degrees at the first pitch, the hottest start for a game in the five seasons at Great American Ballpark.
The Dodgers lost their fifth in a row, their longest losing streak of the season, and have dropped 14 of their last 19 overall, a slump that has dumped them from first to third in the NL West.
Arroyo (5-12) gave up six hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
Edwin Encarnacion doubled home two runs and Brandon Phillips hit a solo homer off left-hander Mark Hendrickson (4-6).
Astros 5, Cubs 2
HOUSTON (AP) - Craig Biggio drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run sixth inning for Houston as Chicago lost its second straight game since Alfonso Soriano went on the disabled list.
It was the third straight loss for the Cubs, who have dropped five of their last six.
The hit was Biggio's 3,023rd, tying him with Lou Brock for 22nd on the all-time list.
Woody Williams (6-12) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, striking out seven.
Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his seventh save, all since he was activated from the disabled list on July 12.
Sean Marshall (5-6) lost for the third time in his last four starts. He lasted 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs and seven hits.
Biggio's bouncer up the middle past a drawn-in infield broke a 1-1 tie. Lance Berkman's single drove in Biggio for a 3-1 lead and Carlos Lee and Ty Wigginton added RBI hits.
Padres 4, Cardinals 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jake Peavy extended his scoreless streak to 19 innings, and San Diego got its major league-leading 16th shutout of the season.
Peavy (12-5) allowed three hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two, improving to 6-0 with a NL-best 0.89 ERA in nine road starts. His 2.21 overall ERA in second in the majors behind San Diego's Chris Young (1.82).
Cla Meredith, Heath Bell and Doug Brocail finished the five-hitter for the Padres, who lead the major leagues with a 3.50 ERA.
No other team had more than nine shutouts entering the night. Only one of the Padres' shutouts was a complete game, a five-hitter by Greg Maddux against Cincinnati on May 14.
Josh Bard hit a go-ahead single in the seventh off Anthony Reyes (1-11).
Reyes, who has won once since beating Detroit in last year's World Series opener, gave up one run and seven hits in seven innings. He started the season with 10 consecutive losses, tying the franchise record set by Kid Carsey in 1898.
Rockies 11, Brewers 4
DENVER (AP) - Todd Helton hit two home runs and Colorado handed Milwaukee its third straight loss.
The first-place Brewers remained one game ahead of the Cubs, who lost 5-2 to Houston, in the NL Central.
Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano (5-9) took his ninth straight loss. The Brewers have lost all 14 of his starts since he beat Washington on May 7.
The Rockies won for the 18th time in their last 22 home games.
Helton went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. It was his 26th multihomer game and first since Sept. 2, 2005, at home against the Dodgers.
Jason Hirsh (5-7) went six innings, giving up three runs - two earned - and three hits to win for the first time since July 2.
Garrett Atkins and Ryan Spilborghs both had three hits for Colorado, and Troy Tulowitzki hit his 13th home run.
Capuano allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.
Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 3
PHOENIX (AP) - Tom Gorzelanny, pitching for the first time since July 25 because of shoulder stiffness, struck out a career-high nine in seven innings to lead Pittsburgh.
Justin Upton fell a single shy of the cycle in his Arizona home debut.
Gorzelanny (10-6) allowed four hits, three by the 19-year-old Upton, who was brought up from Double-A last Thursday. Upton tripled in the second, homered in the fourth and doubled in the seventh. He grounded out to end the game.
Jack Wilson doubled twice, drove in a run and scored a run in the Pirates' second road victory in 11 games. Ronny Paulino had a two-run single for Pittsburgh, 5-16 since the All-Star break.
Orlando Hudson homered for Arizona, which lost for the third time in 16 games and saw its lead in the NL West cut to one game over San Diego, which beat St. Louis 4-0.