National League Game Capsules
(Monday, September 22)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Francisco Liriano pitched six strong innings and Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves to open a four-game set. Liriano (7-10) allowed three hits and four walks while striking out seven for the Pirates, who have won seven of their last eight games. Pittsburgh stayed 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis for first place in the NL Central as the Cardinals defeated the Cubs on Monday. Pittsburgh is temporarily a half-game ahead San Francisco for the top wild card spot as the Giants are currently playing the Dodgers. Aaron Harang (11-12) took the hard-luck loss as he gave up just the home run along with four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven over seven innings for the Braves, who have lost nine of their last 10. The big news for Atlanta on Monday, though, came from the front office as general manager Frank Wren was fired a day after the team was officially eliminated from the playoff race. The club named John Hart as the interim GM.
Final Score: St. Louis 8, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals thumped the Chicago Cubs, 8-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Monday. Wainwright (20-9) won his fifth straight start to join Clayton Kershaw in the 20-win column this season. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out eight. The win allowed St. Louis to stay 2 1/2 games up on Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh defeated Atlanta on Monday. Jon Jay had two hits and drove in three runs, while Matt Adams went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the win. Travis Wood (8-13) gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts over five innings for the Cubs, who have lost four of five.
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Los Angeles 2 (13 innings)
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac's RBI single in the top of the 13th inning highlighted a three-run frame that gave the San Francisco Giants a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Brandon Belt singled with one out against Kevin Correia (2-4) and Brandon Crawford was walked intentionally following Juan Perez's groundout to put two on. Susac hit for Santiago Casilla (3-3) and ripped a single to left, easily scoring Belt. Gregor Blanco followed with a two-run double to right. He was tagged out in between second and third base, but the damage was done. Hunter Strickland pitched a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his first career save in the bottom of the 13th. Four Giants relievers combined to toss six no-hit innings behind starter Jake Peavy. Blanco led off the game with a solo home run and Joe Panik had three hits for San Francisco, which put the brakes on a three-game losing skid. Peavy pitched seven innings for the Giants and gave up two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts, while his counterpart Dan Haren allowed two runs -- one earned -- on one hit with seven strikeouts in seven innings for the Dodgers.
Final Score: San Diego 1, Colorado 0
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Stults pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the San Diego Padres continued their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Stults (8-17) would have owned the worst record in baseball with a loss. Instead, the 34-year-old remains tied with Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett for the most losses in the majors after allowing seven hits with five strikeouts. He pitched into the seventh inning without giving up a run for the third time this season. Rene Rivera doubled in the lone run of the contest for San Diego, winners in five straight. Rockies starter Tyler Matzek (6-11) pitched well in defeat, fanning eight in six innings of one-run ball. Colorado had won a season- high six consecutive games, totaling 61 runs during that stretch.
Final Score: Arizona 6, Minnesota 2
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Trumbo's two-run homer highlighted a five-run Arizona fifth inning as the Diamondbacks defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game set. Didi Gregorius had three doubles, an RBI and a run scored for Arizona, which snapped a six-game losing streak. A.J. Pollock also posted three hits and scored a run. Josh Collmenter (11-8) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings to notch the win. Ricky Nolasco (5-12) surrendered five runs on nine hits and a walk over 4 2/3 frames for the Twins, who have dropped three straight games.
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