The Ottumwa Courier

July 27, 2013

NL Capsules

The Associated Press
Ottumwa Courier

---- — ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor allowed only one run to give Atlanta's depleted rotation a lift, Jason Heyward homered, and the Braves beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in a matchup of division leaders on Friday night.

Minor (10-5) gave up four hits with no walks in seven innings. His sharp performance came two days after Tim Hudson was lost for the season with a broken right ankle.

The Atlanta rotation also is without left-hander Paul Maholm, who is expected to miss at least one start because of a bruised left wrist.

Wainwright (13-6), the NL leader in wins, took his first loss since a 2-1 decision to Texas on June 23.

Yadier Molina gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his eighth homer. The Braves answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Wainwright allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and one walk in seven innings.

Minor, who became the first Braves pitcher to reach 10 wins, lowered his ERA to 2.89.

MARLINS 2, PIRATES 0

MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez earned his first National League victory, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th homer, and the Miami Marlins managed another low-scoring victory, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Friday night.

The Marlins are 4-4 since the All-Star break even though they have totaled only 15 runs.

Jeff Locke (9-3) allowed only two earned runs in 6 2-3 innings and had a career-high nine strikeouts, but he lost for the first time in his past 10 road starts. His ERA rose to 2.15.

Alvarez (1-1) gave up just two hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.64. The game was his fifth after he sat out the first half of the season with right shoulder inflammation.

The shutout was only the third by the Marlins, but their starters have an ERA of 2.44 since the All-Star break.

Steve Cishek, Miami's fifth pitcher, gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth inning but earned his 21st save in 23 chances, including 16 in a row.

METS 11, NATIONALS 0, 1st Game

NATIONALS 2, METS 1, 2nd Game

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night, lifting Washington over the New York Mets for a doubleheader split.

In the opener, Jenrry Mejia pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut, and Daniel Murphy homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs for the Mets. Murphy had two hits for New York in the nightcap and went 6 for 9 in the day-night doubleheader.

After Anthony Rendon grounded out, Zimmerman hit a 3-1 fastball from reliever LaTroy Hawkins (3-2) over the fence in right center to win the second game. The Mets wasted another impressive outing by Matt Harvey, who gave up five hits and an unearned run in eight innings.

Rafael Soriano (2-2) pitched the ninth, surviving a first-and-third jam with one out.

Jayson Werth added three hits for Washington.

Pitching on the one-year anniversary his major league debut, Harvey struck out seven and walked one.

Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf, making his second start of the season, went seven innings. He allowed one run on six hits, struck out eight and walked two.

In the opener, Murphy went 4 for 5 with two homers and a pair of RBI singles. Juan Lagares had three hits and Ike Davis added a three-run homer for New York.

Mejia (1-0), who had been on the disabled list since March with shoulder inflammation, allowed seven hits.

Jordan Zimmermann (12-6), who allowed seven runs in a career-low two innings Sunday in a 9-2 loss to the Dodgers, needed 118 pitches to go 6 2-3 innings. He allowed five earned runs and six hits in his third straight loss.

ROCKIES 8, BREWERS 3

DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings and hit a two-run double to help Colorado break out offensively and beat Milwaukee.

Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado each had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who had scored an NL-low 58 runs in their 20 previous games in July.

Chatwood (7-3) allowed two runs on six hits and finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts.

The Rockies took advantage of Wily Peralta, who entered 3-1 with an 0.87 ERA in his previous six starts. Peralta (7-10) allowed eight runs — five earned — and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. The Rockies batted around during four-run innings in the second and fourth.

Carlos Gomez homered off reliever Manuel Corpas in the ninth for the Brewers' final run. The homer was the 17th of the season for Gomez and the 100th overall by Milwaukee.

DIAMONDBACKS 10, PADRES 0

PHOENIX (AP) — Randall Delgado tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Cody Ross homered and drove in two runs, and Arizona pounded out 17 hits in a rout over San Diego.

Arizona roughed up Eric Stults (8-9) with six runs in the first three innings and had seven extra-base hits to win for the sixth time in nine home games.

Aaron Hill had a pair of run-scoring doubles before leaving with a tight right hamstring, A.J. Pollock added a two-run single, and Martin Prado had two of Arizona's six doubles.

Delgado (3-3) added a pair of singles, becoming the first Arizona pitcher with a shutout and a multihit game since Randy Johnson on Sept. 14, 2003, against Colorado.

Delgado struck out three, walked one and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all eight starts this season.

DODGERS 2, REDS 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched eight stellar innings, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Homer Bailey, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cincinnati to maintain their half-game lead over Arizona in the NL West.

Kershaw (10-6) allowed a run and six hits, struck out eight and walked none, dropping his major league-best ERA to 1.96. The 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner is 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA over his last six starts after going 0-3 in his previous six outings.

Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.

Bailey (5-10) lost his fourth straight since his no-hitter. He allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

CUBS 3, GIANTS 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Julio Borbon and Junior Lake scored on an error by San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied to win.

Borbon singled leading off the ninth against closer Sergio Romo (3-5) and moved to second when pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro walked. After David DeJesus struck out, Lake reached on a fielder's choice. Anthony Rizzo then hit a sharp liner that went through Belt's legs and into the right field corner.

The Cubs rallied to win when trailing after eight innings for just the fourth time this season. Matt Guerrier (4-4) retired four batters for the win. Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 20th save.

Jeff Francoeur had two hits for the Giants, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence both doubled and scored for San Francisco, which dropped a season-high 10 games below .500.