|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2007 18:31|
Yunel Escobar also went deep for Atlanta, which played without Chipper Jones for the second straight night but still managed 13 hits. Willie Harris drove in three runs, and Jeff Francoeur was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Braves, clinging to their slim playoff hopes with 17 games left, pulled within 8 1/2 of NL East-leading New York. They began the day five behind San Diego in the wild-card race.
Paul Lo Duca hit a two-run homer and Jose Reyes had a career-high three doubles for the Mets, who had won four straight and nine of 10. They remained six games ahead of the Phillies, who lost to Colorado.
Hernandez struggled in his first start since he gave up five runs and six hits over three innings at Philadelphia on Aug. 30. Atlanta chased Hernandez (9-5) during a six-run fourth, batting around to take a 9-0 lead. He gave up six hits and a season-high eight runs over three-plus innings.
Teixeira, who hit his 12th homer with the Braves, went 3-for-5.
Reliever Pete Moylan (5-3) threw 1 2-3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
Brewers 6, Pirates 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Prince Fielder hit his 44th home run and Corey Hart also connected to support Yovani Gallardo's six shutout innings for Milwaukee.
Ryan Braun drove in three runs for the Brewers, who moved one game in front of Chicago in the NL Central. The Cubs lost 5-4 in 11 innings to Houston. Milwaukee ended a four-game losing streak in Pittsburgh.
Gallardo (8-4) allowed six singles and struck out seven.
The solo drives by Fielder, who leads the NL, and Hart were Milwaukee's 202nd and 203rd, the most in the majors.
Bryan Bullington (0-2), in his second career start, gave up seven hits and three runs over five-plus innings.
Marlins 13, Nationals 8
MIAMI (AP) - Hanley Ramirez homered twice and Mike Jacobs drove in five runs to lead Florida.
Jacobs and Cody Ross hit consecutive homers for the Marlins, who scored in seven innings and snapped a three-game skid. Jacobs has homered in three straight games.
Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell had a grand slam - his first major league hit - for Washington.
Ramirez finished with four hits, while Jacobs, Dan Uggla, Josh Willingham and Miguel Cabrera each had three as the Marlins piled up a season-high 21.
Uggla and Jeremy Hermida singled off Chris Schroder (2-2) to open the seventh, putting runners on first and third. Cabrera then greeted reliever Jonathan Albaladejo with a soft single to right that scored Uggla and gave the Marlins a 9-8 lead.
Winning pitcher Matt Lindstrom (3-4) allowed one run in the seventh.
Ramirez hit his eighth leadoff homer this season, the 15th of his career, in the first off Mike Bacsik.
Rockies 8, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Holliday hit two homers and Franklin Morales threw five scoreless innings to lead Colorado.
Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton hit solo home runs for the Rockies, who entered the day 3 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card standings.
The Phillies came in trailing the Padres, who played at Los Angeles on Tuesday night, by 1 1/2 games. The Dodgers were 2 1/2 out in a jumbled playoff race.
Morales (1-2) gave up three hits, walked one and struck out four in his fifth major league start.
Jimmy Rollins hit his 27th homer off Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth.
Adam Eaton (9-9) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. He's 2-5 with a 7.20 ERA in 14 starts since June 11 and has a 6.31 ERA overall.
Tulowitzki extended his NL rookie record for homers by a shortstop to 21.
Reds 7, Cardinals 2
CINCINNATI (AP) - Adam Dunn hit a grand slam and a solo homer off Mark Mulder, and Cincinnati extended St. Louis Cardinals' losing streak to five games.
Cardinals right fielder Rick Ankiel let a fly ball drop for a double, then let another deflect off the heel of his glove for a two-run error during Cincinnati's six-run third inning. Dunn, who hit a solo homer in his first at-bat, hit his seventh career slam off Mulder (0-2) during the 10-batter inning.
Ankiel went 0-for-4 is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.
David Eckstein and Ryan Ludwick hit solo homers off Matt Belisle (8-8), who allowed six hits in seven innings.
Astros 5, Cubs 4, 11 innings
HOUSTON (AP) - Luke Scott tripled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning for Houston as Chicago dropped out of a tie for the NL Central lead.
The Cubs wasted a bases-loaded threat in the top of the 11th and fell one game behind Milwaukee, which beat Pittsburgh 6-1. Chicago has lost four of its last six.
Down 4-1 early, the Astros rallied and ended a five-game losing streak.
Ryan Dempster (2-6) walked Mark Loretta with one out in the 11th and Eric Bruntlett pinch-ran. Scott followed with his game-winner.
Brad Lidge (4-2) escaped a jam in the 11th by getting Jacque Jones to fly out, stranding three runners.