|Tuesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2007 19:29|
Brian Giles, Khalil Greene, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Geoff Blum homered for the Padres, who extended their lead over second-place Philadelphia to 2 1/2 games with the Phillies' 8-2 loss to Colorado. San Diego's lead over the third-place Dodgers is 3 1/2 games.
Peavy (17-6) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He has won each of his five starts against Los Angeles this season, including three at Dodger Stadium.
Esteban Loaiza (1-1) gave up six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked three of the first four batters he faced. Loaiza gave up back-to-back homers to Greene and Kouzmanoff in the third.
Giles sent a 3-0 pitch from Loaiza into the right field pavilion with two outs in the second. San Diego added three runs in the seventh, including Blum's homer off Rudy Seanez.
James Loney and Chin-Lung Hu for the Dodgers, the latter his first major league hit.
Braves 13, Mets 5
NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Atlanta roughed up a rusty Orlando Hernandez.
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 remained five games behind San Diego, which beat the Dodgers, 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 remained 3 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card standings.
The Phillies trail the Padres, who beat Los Angeles 9-4, by 2 1/2 games. The Dodgers are 3 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.
Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Ortmeier tripled to start the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Feliz's sacrifice fly, and San Francisco snapped Arizona's six-game winning streak.
Chris Young homered in the fourth for the first-place Diamondbacks, who are 2 1/2 games ahead of San Diego in the NL West. The Padres beat the Dodgers 9-4.
Tyler Walker (2-0) got the final two outs of the eighth for the win, then Ortmeier hit his fourth triple off Bob Wickman (3-4) in the bottom half.
Eric Byrnes had three hits and stole his career-best 45th base for Arizona.
Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his third save, getting Justin Upton to ground into a game-ending double play.