|Friday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 14 September 2007 19:49|
By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) -Carlos Zambrano allowed four hits over eight innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 victory over St. Louis on Friday night, the Cardinals' eighth straight loss.
Chicago, which survived a wild ninth inning that ended with the bases loaded, won for the fifth time in seven games and opened a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
St. Louis is six behind the Cubs.
Zambrano (16-12) won his second straight start after losing five in a row and tied his career best for wins.
Mark DeRosa's RBI single in the fourth put the Cubs ahead against Adam Wainwright (13-11), but Albert Pujols ended a 20-game, 75-at-bat homerless drought in the sixth.
Cliff Floyd homered leading off the seventh for the Cubs. While he has just eight home runs this season, he's connected in three straight games.
Pinch-hitter Daryle Ward hit a three-run double off Jason Isringhausen in the ninth for a 5-1 lead.
Jim Edmonds hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth off Ryan Dempster, and Ryan Ludwick added a homer with two outs, but Aaron Miles grounded out with the bases loaded giving Bob Howry his eighth save.
Wainwright (13-11) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Reds 6, Brewers 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brandon Phillips drove in three runs and Adam Dunn hit his 39th homer to lead Cincinnati to its fourth straight victory.
Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 45th home run in the fourth to tie the Brewers' franchise record, but Milwaukee came up a run short with a ninth-inning rally.
The Brewers fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central.
Milwaukee ace Ben Sheets (12-5) allowed four runs in the first inning, a two-run single by Phillips and a two-run homer by Dunn.
Cincinnati added another run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Phillips.
Bill Bray of the Reds worked the ninth for his first save of the season but he allowed the Brewers to get within 6-5. With two outs, Corey Hart reached on a bunt single and pinch-hitter Mike Rivera homered, but Bray got Kevin Mench on a foul pop to end it.
Tom Shearn (3-0) allowed four hits, including Fielder's 425-foot shot in the fourth.
Phillies 3, Mets 2, 10 innings
NEW YORK (AP) - Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs' sacrifice fly in the 10th inning gave Philadelphia the win in the opener of three-game series.
Philadelphia's major league-leading 44th come-from-behind win cut first-place New York's lead in the NL East to 5 1/2 games. The Phillies remained 1 1/2 games behind wild card-leading San Diego, which beat San Francisco 5-4 in 10 innings.
Jayson Werth led off the 10th with a single off Aaron Heilman (7-7) and advanced on a sacrifice error and a sacrifice before Dobbs' run-scoring fly ball.
Tom Gordon (3-2) struck out three in 1 1-3 scoreless innings to get the win and Brett Myers got three outs for his 16th save.
Chase Utley homered to tie it at 2 in the sixth, giving Philadelphia five players with 20 or more homers for the first time in franchise history.
Moises Alou had an RBI single in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to a team-best 18 games.
Padres 5, Giants 4, 10 innings
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Khalil Greene homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give San Diego the victory.
The Padres, who scored three runs in the final two innings, won for just the fourth time in 11 games. They retained a 1 1/2-game lead in the wild-card race over Philadelphia.
Greene hit his 22nd homer on the first pitch he saw from rookie Dan Giese (0-1).
Trevor Hoffman (4-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
The Padres, who were coming off a 3-6 road trip that cost them the division lead, rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie the game.
Scott Hairston hit a leadoff homer off Brad Hennessey. Geoff Blum tied it with a two-out RBI double.
September callup Eugenio Velez tripled for his first big league hit with two outs in the seventh, then scored on Chris Young's wild pitch to give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the seventh. San Francisco took a 4-2 lead in the ninth on pinch-hitter Ryan Klesko's run-scoring single.
Pirates 4, Astros 3
HOUSTON (AP) - Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Ronny Paulino added a run-scoring single in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh rallied for the win.
The Pirates trailed 2-1 after Lance Berkman hit a solo homer in the seventh.
Reliever Chad Qualls (6-5) started the eighth and gave up a single to Freddy Sanchez. After a forceout, Bautista homered off the foul pole in left, the first runs given up by Houston's bullpen in 16 innings. Paulino's single made it 4-2.
Houston rookie Josh Anderson had an RBI single in the eighth off Shawn Chacon, but Matt Capps pitched a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
Pittsburgh reliever Romulo Sanchez (1-0) got one out for his first major league win.
Houston lost to the Pirates for the 10th time in 13 meetings this season.
The Astros have lost eight of nine and 11 of 16 since Cecil Cooper replaced Phil Garner as manager on Aug. 27.
Braves 8, Nationals 5, 13 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeff Francoeur's bases-loaded single in the 13th inning drove in two runs and led Atlanta to the rain-soaked win in the opening game of Washington's final homestand at RFK Stadium.
The game began after a 16-minute rain delay and finished well past midnight after lasting 5 hours, 13 minutes.
Each team used eight pitchers and 23 total players, and Washington was out of position players by the 11th.
Jesus Colome (4-1) came in the 13th with one out and allowed singles to Martin Prado and Chipper Jones. Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases and Francoeur, who was 0-for-5, singled. Andruw Jones followed with a sacrifice fly.
Jose Ascanio (1-1) threw two scoreless innings for the victory.
The Braves led 3-0, then trailed 5-3 after Washington's Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh.
Chipper Jones - back in the lineup after missing three starts with an injured side muscle - tied the game at 5-5 with a one-out RBI double off closer Chad Cordero.
Marlins 7, Rockies 6
DENVER (AP) - Jeremy Hermida drove in three runs and Dontrelle Willis won for the second time in his last 20 starts for last-place Florida.
Willis (9-15) labored through six innings, giving up seven hits and walking four. It was Willis' first win since Aug. 14 against Arizona. He had two hits, including an RBI triple in the fourth.
The Rockies lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 27-28 at San Francisco. Colorado dropped 3 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card standings. The Padres beat San Francisco 5-4 in 10 innings.
Kevin Gregg started the ninth for Florida and Matt Holliday hit his first pitch for his 31st homer to make it 7-6. Gregg then got three straight outs for his 30th save in 33 chances.
Matt Herges (4-1) gave up two runs and four hits in the seventh inning.
Hermida homered in the fifth, his 17th, and drove in another run with a fielder's choice in the eighth.
Jeff Baker finished 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for the Rockies.