National League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, August 26)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Washington 3
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning drove in Ben Revere with the deciding run as the Philadelphia Phillies downed the Washington Nationals, 4-3, on Tuesday. The Phillies have taken the first two games of this seemingly lopsided NL East set and have won three straight series for the first time in over a year. Revere was originally called out on a groundout to short leading off the eighth, but replay showed Ian Desmond's throw pulled Kevin Frandsen's foot off the first- base bag. Revere stole second, moved to third on a flyout and scored without a throw on Ruiz's deep fly to center field. Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 33rd save, while Ken Giles (3-1) earned the win by striking out the side in the eighth after Cole Hamels gave up a game-tying solo homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. Hamels was otherwise solid in allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Darin Ruf added a solo blast for the victors. Gio Gonzalez surrendered both home runs after only allowing two over his previous 12 starts. He was charged with three runs on six hits as his winless streak ran to nine straight outings.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ike Davis belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates took down the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, on Tuesday. Gaby Sanchez and Starling Marte hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the eighth against Seth Maness (5-3), who was in his firth inning of relief for St. Louis. After Clint Barmes lined to center for the second out in the inning, Davis came on and crushed a no- doubter to right-center to give the Pirates the lead. Tony Watson (9-1) pitched two innings out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh to earn the win. Russell Martin had three hits and Josh Harrison added a solo home run for the Pirates, who ended a brief two-game losing skid. Neither starter factored into the decision. Gerrit Cole struck out nine, allowing two runs on three hits for Pittsburgh, while Lance Lynn labored a little, giving up six hits and walking three in six innings but limiting the Pirates to just a pair of runs. Pittsburgh won the game but may have suffered a few losses in the process. Andrew McCutchen left after the fifth inning with a left rib injury, while Pedro Alvarez departed an inning later after hurting his left foot.
Final Score: New York 3, Atlanta 2
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Juan Lagares hit a two-run home run and the New York Mets took a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a three- game set. Dillon Gee (5-6) gave up two runs on six hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout over 6 2/3 innings for the Mets, who have won their past two. Ruben Tejada drove in the other run. Justin Upton was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Braves, who have lost their past three. Alex Wood (9-10) allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts over seven innings to take the loss.
Final Score: Chicago 3, Cincinnati 0
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara both homered as the Chicago Cubs shut out the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday. The two home runs provided the Cubs with all they needed to back a solid outing from Travis Wood (8-11), who snapped a string of six straight losses. Wood gave up just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings. Starlin Castro finished 2-for-4 for Chicago, which has won four straight games and has homered in a season-high 10 consecutive contests. Starter Johnny Cueto (15-8), who entered the game with five straight winning decisions over the Cubs, was looking to become the first 16-game winner in the majors. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in defeat. Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Skip Schumaker each had a hit for the Reds, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.
Final Score: Los Angeles 9, Arizona 5
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kemp hit an early two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away from the Arizona Diamondbacks with a six-run fourth inning en route to a 9-5 victory on Tuesday. Justin Turner had two hits, two runs driven in and another run scored while Dee Gordon went 3- for-5 with an RBI for LA, which has won four of its last five overall. Roberto Hernandez (8-9) tossed six quality innings and also drove in a run in his fourth start in Dodgers blue. Ender Inciarte knocked in three runs for Arizona, two with a single in the second inning and the other on a base hit in the fourth. Trevor Cahill (3-9) came in 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four August starts but failed to make it out of the fourth in this one. He was charged with eight runs -- six earned -- on six hits and three walks.
Final Score: San Diego 4, Milwaukee 1
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Abraham Almonte went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead the San Diego Padres past the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, 4-1, on Tuesday. Tyson Ross (12-12) allowed just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings a day after watching Milwaukee put up 10 runs in the opener of this three-game set. The only run the Brewers mustered came on Scooter Gennett's ground-rule double in the fourth, as the NL Central leaders were limited to two hits the rest of the way. Jimmy Nelson (2-5) was charged with all four runs, though only two were earned. He struck out seven over five innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 3, Colorado 0
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Madison Bumgarner took a perfect game into the eighth inning and Buster Posey homered twice as the San Francisco Giants blanked the Colorado Rockies, 3-0, on Tuesday. Bumgarner (15-9) faced the minimum through seven innings, but a 1-2 breaking ball to Justin Morneau leading off the eighth was poked down the right field line for a double. Pitching out of the stretch for the first time all game, the southpaw responded by striking out the next three batters he faced to preserve the shutout. Bumgarner went the distance, allowing just the one hit with a career-high 13 strikeouts. He has fanned 49 over his last five starts -- 40 innings. Posey, who nearly became the second player in MLB history to catch two perfect games, produced the game's lone runs with his two-run homer in the sixth inning and a solo blast in the eighth. Posey caught Matt Cain's perfect game against Houston on June 13, 2012. The Giants snapped their three-game losing skid. Jorge De La Rosa (13-9) left the game immediately after serving up Posey's first home run with a left thumb contusion. Colorado's starter went five-plus innings and struck out five.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Miami 2
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Shoemaker tossed seven scoreless innings, while Albert Pujols ended up with three hits and two RBI as the Angels claimed an 8-2 victory over Miami in the second of this three-game interleague set. Efren Navarro added a two-run single, with Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Hank Conger and Howie Kendrick driving in a run apiece for Los Angeles, which opened up a one-game edge in the AL West after Oakland lost in Houston earlier Tuesday. Shoemaker (13-4) allowed two hits and walked two while striking out six. Jarrod Saltalamacchia picked up a ninth-inning RBI double and Ed Lucas added a run-scoring hit for the Marlins, who failed to gain momentum from a 7-1 win in Monday's opener. Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) was touched in the loss for six runs and 10 hits over just 3 1/3 frames.
08/27 01:49:58 ET