The Ottumwa Courier

July 29, 2013

NL Capsules

The Associated Press
Ottumwa Courier

---- — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered with two outs in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Cincinnati pitchers set a franchise record with 20 strikeouts, 11 by starter Tony Cingrani. He held Los Angeles to one hit over seven innings.

Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Tim Federowicz each fanned three times as the Dodgers established a team high since 1900.

Puig connected against Curtis Partch (0-1) for his 10th home run and 23rd RBI in 48 big league games. The excitable rookie tossed his bat, circled the bases and then slid into home plate, where teammates were waiting for him after his first game-ending homer.

The NL West leaders won for the 26th time in 32 games and extended their advantage to 2½ games over Arizona. Brandon League (6-3) pitched two hitless innings for the win.

BRAVES 5, CARDINALS 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs to help Atlanta complete a three-game sweep of St. Louis in a series between NL division leaders.

The Braves broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the sixth off rookie Shelby Miller (10-7) and two relievers. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich drove in Chris Johnson with the go-ahead run. Heyward added another run-scoring single.

Kris Medlen (7-10) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings to snap his three-game losing streak. Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth to take the NL lead with his 31st save.

It was Atlanta's first three-game sweep of the Cardinals at Turner Field since April 22-24, 2003.

The Cardinals, who lead the NL in batting average and scoring, were held to three runs in the series.

MARLINS 3, PIRATES 2

MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez had a team rookie record 13 strikeouts in a pitching duel with Gerrit Cole, leading Miami past Pittsburgh.

Fernandez (7-5) allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings. The 20-year-old All-Star right-hander walked none and threw 97 pitches, 74 for strikes.

Cole (5-4) was nearly as good. The rookie allowed three runs and struck out eight in seven innings, but Giancarlo Stanton put the Marlins ahead to stay in the sixth with his 13th home run.

Stanton also doubled, walked and scored twice for the Marlins, who had six hits.

Steve Cishek gave up a single and a walk in the ninth, but retired Garrett Jones on a grounder for the final out to earn his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Tino Martinez resigned as Miami's hitting coach following the game, hours after complaints by players that he verbally abused them became public.

CUBS 2, GIANTS 1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Travis Wood homered and pitched four-hit ball over seven innings to help the Chicago Cubs complete a three-game sweep in San Francisco for the first time in 20 years.

Welington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who won their third straight and fifth in seven games.

Pablo Sandoval had an RBI for the Giants, who lost their fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.

Tim Lincecum (5-11) had two hits in addition to pitching seven innings. He gave up two runs and four hits while striking out 10.

Wood (7-7), who also had two hits, allowed an unearned run while walking four and striking out seven. He was 1-4 over his previous nine games and has been involved in 10 one-run decisions.

Pedro Strop worked the eighth for his 12th consecutive scoreless outing, covering 10 2-3 innings, since joining the Cubs on July 2.

Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 22nd save in 25 chances, and third straight in the series.

NATIONALS 14, METS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam and rookie right-hander Taylor Jordan had six strong innings for his first major league win to lead Washington to the rout of New York.

The Nationals won their third game in a row and fourth in five to salvage a tumultuous 11-game homestand.

They lost the first six games after the All-Star break, fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein last Monday and demoted former closer Drew Storen to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.

Mets right-hander Carlos Torres (1-2) could not build on his solid start last week against the Atlanta Braves, allowing eight runs and nine hits in just three innings. Ramos hit his grand slam in the third, ripping a 2-1 pitch into the left-field stands to cap a five-run inning.

Jordan (1-3) earned his first victory in his sixth career start. The 24-year-old held New York to five hits in six innings.

ROCKIES 6, BREWERS 5

DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki homered early, then doubled to start a two-run rally in the eighth inning that propelled Colorado past Milwaukee.

Michael Cuddyer, Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who salvaged a split of their 10-game homestand.

Yuniesky Betancourt and Norichika Aoki homered and Carlos Gomez had two hits and scored twice for the Brewers.

The Rockies had hoped to stay in the thick of the NL West race when they resumed after the All-Star break against the three worst teams in the NL. Instead, they lost three of four to Miami and were in danger of losing the series to Milwaukee before coming back against John Axford (4-4).

Rex Brothers got the final three outs for his seventh save.

PADRES 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0

PHOENIX (AP) — Tyson Ross outpitched All-Star Patrick Corbin with eight dominant innings and San Diego beat Arizona to close out its first winning road trip of the season.

Carlos Quentin had a run-scoring single in the first inning off Corbin (12-2) and Ross (2-4) took it from there, allowing three hits and striking out seven in the combined three-hitter. Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.

San Diego went 6-4 to win its first road trip since Aug. 24-26 and first of six or more games since June 25-July 4, 2012.

Cliff Pennington had two hits for Arizona, which went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position for its first 1-0 loss at Chase Field in nearly three years.