|Wednesday's NL Capsules, 2402013|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 15 August 2007 19:30|
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -Tim Hudson got his eighth straight win despite giving up Barry Bonds' 759th homer and being called for a couple of balks, and Atlanta defeated San Francisco 6-3 on Wednesday night.
Bonds went deep on the first pitch of the sixth inning one week after breaking Hank Aaron's record. The new home run king extended his lead just across the street from where the Hammer went past Babe Ruth with No. 715 in 1974.
Hudson (14-5) gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings and he went 2-for-3, including a run-scoring single in the second that gave the Braves a 2-0 lead.
Hudson was twice called for balks by first-base umpire Angel Hernandez. Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected for disputing the first one, the 133rd ejection of his career. On Tuesday, he broke the record he shared with Hall of Famer John McGraw by getting thrown out for arguing a called third strike.
Bonds' homer tied the game at 2 in the sixth, but the Braves got four runs in the bottom half against Russ Ortiz (2-3) and two relievers. The go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch and Andruw Jones followed with a two-run double.
Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his 20th save.
Mets 10, Pirates 8
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Moises Alou hit a two-run homer in New York's five-run first inning, and the Mets did all of their scoring in the first and ninth innings.
David Wright hit a two-run double ahead of Alou's third homer in three games as the Mets roughed up Matt Morris for five hits while taking a 5-0 lead in the first.
Alou had a game-winning, two-run single Tuesday night and drove in four runs Sunday against Florida. He is 17-for-46 (.370) with six homers and 14 RBIs in is last 12 games.
The Mets took a 10-4 lead in the ninth, but Pittsburgh came back with four runs in the bottom half against reliever Aaron Sele, including Jason Bay's two-run double to end an 0-for-13 slump. Billy Wagner got the final two outs for his 28th save.
John Maine (13-7) went five innings for the victory despite allowing solo home runs to Jose Bautista in the second and Nate McLouth in the fourth.
Morris (7-8), acquired by the Pirates from San Francisco in a surprise trading deadline deal July 31, gave five runs and seven hits in six innings.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 6
MIAMI (AP) - Arizona bounced back from Tuesday's 14-5 loss with 15 hits, including a two-run homer by Chris Snyder.
The NL West leaders won for the 18th time in 23 games and improved to 5-1 against the Marlins this season.
Eric Byrnes, Mark Reynolds and Orlando Hudson all had three hits, and Doug Davis (10-10) allowed seven hits and four runs over 5 1-3 innings to win his fifth straight decision.
Jose Valverde pitched a hitless ninth for his 36th save.
Byrnes doubled twice and drove in two runs, while Reynolds singled three times for the second straight games and is batting .474 over the past 10 games.
Cody Ross hit a three-run homer for Florida, but Sergio Mitre (5-6) allowed 10 hits and five runs in six innings. He fell to 1-6 lifetime at Dolphin Stadium.
Nationals 4, Phillies 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tim Redding drove in two runs and limited Philadelphia to two runs and three hits in six-plus innings to lead Washington.
Redding (2-3) gave up a leadoff home run to Jayson Werth in the third and singles to Ryan Howard and Wes Helms. He struck out seven and walked three in winning for the first time in six starts.
Redding's two-run double in the second was his second hit of the season and his first RBIs since June 19, 2003.
Washington added two runs in the sixth on a run-scoring double-play grounder and Ryan Church's 10th home run which knocked out Kyle Kendrick (5-3), who allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Chad Cordero worked a perfect ninth for his 27th save.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Scott Rolen had the eighth four-hit game of his career and Albert Pujols hit his 275th home run to back St. Louis' Joel Pineiro.
The Cardinals closed within 3 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Brewers and will go for the three-game sweep on Thursday.
Pineiro (2-1), acquired in a trade with Boston on July 31, gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings for his second straight victory.
Rookie Yovani Gallardo (4-3) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings - including home runs to Pujols and Rolen in the first inning.
Pujols' 25th homer of the season made it 1-0, and Rolen followed a single by Jim Edmonds with his eighth homer, a two-run shot. Bill Hall of the Brewers hit a solo homer in the second, breaking a 27-game, 105 at-bat homerless streak, but the Cardinals got an RBI double from Yadier Molina in the fourth and then pulled away with three runs in the sixth.
Edmonds added a homer in the seventh - his first since June 9 - putting St. Louis ahead 8-1.
Reds 11, Cubs 9
CHICAGO (AP) - Pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton hit a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning for Cincinnati.
Ryan Jorgensen, Jeff Conine and Adam Dunn homered for the Reds, who have won six of their last nine games.
Jason Kendall and Aramis Ramirez homered for the Cubs, who have lost 10 of 13.
The Cubs remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 31 minutes by rain.
With one out in the eighth, Jorgensen singled off Cubs reliever Bob Howry (5-7). Hamilton followed with his second pinch-hit homer of the season and 15th overall.
Bill Bray (1-0) pitched two scoreless inning for the victory. David Weathers pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save.
In his first major league at-bat of the season, Jorgensen put the Reds ahead in the second with a two-run shot off Cubs starter Ted Lilly.
Rockies 3, Padres 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one hit and struck out a career-high nine over six innings and fellow rookie Ian Stewart had a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh to lift Colorado.
Jimenez (2-2) walked two and allowed just two runners to reach second base.
LaTroy Hawkins, Jorge Julio and Manny Corpas completed the three-hitter, the Rockies' third shutout this season.
Padres starter Chris Young battled Jimenez through six innings before Stewart broke the tie off Cla Meredith (4-6) in the seventh. Young allowed three hits with six strikeouts and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.93.
Kaz Matsui added an RBI single in the ninth for the Rockies.
Atkins had two hits for Colorado and walked twice.
Hawkins and Julio each pitched one inning before Corpas pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
Dodgers 6, Astros 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Russell Martin hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career - including a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth - to lead Los Angeles.
Brad Penny (14-3) allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one. The victory was the first by a Dodgers starting pitcher in 17 games since Penny went six innings to beat Colorado 5-4.
Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito each pitched a scoreless inning of relief with Saito getting his 30th save in 33 attempts.
Jason Jennings (2-8) allowed four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-7 in his last 10 starts at Dodger Stadium.
Martin chased Jennings in the sixth with his 15th homer that made it 4-3. The Dodgers, who had lost 13 of their previous 16 games, tacked on two more runs in the seventh on Juan Pierre's RBI single and Matt Kemp's RBI double.
The Astros opened the scoring in the second on Ty Wigginton's RBI single. Martin tied it in the bottom half with his first home run in 14 games.