National League Game Capsules
(Tuesday, September 16)
Final Score: New York 9, Miami 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilmer Flores had the best game of his young career and made Mets history in the process, belting two home runs and leading New York to a 9-1 rout of the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Flores finished 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and six runs batted in, becoming the first Mets second baseman to record such numbers in a game. He's also the first player since Geovany Soto in 2008 to have multiple six-plus RBI games in his rookie season. Curtis Granderson had three hits and Ruben Tejada drove in a pair of runs for the Mets, who ended a three-game losing skid and evened this three-game series. Bartolo Colon, back on the hill five days after getting ejected for the first time since 2003, gave up 12 hits but only one run in 7 1/3 innings of work. Colon (14-12) struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Christian Yelich provided the lone Marlins run with an RBI infield single in the third inning. Starter Nathan Eovaldi (6-12) was charged with six runs on six hits to lose for the sixth time in his last seven starts.
Final Score: Washington 3, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals captured the NL East title on Tuesday and did so on the defending division champions' soil. Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer, Tanner Roark tossed seven scoreless innings and the Nationals bested the plummeting Atlanta Braves, 3-0, at Turner Field. Roark (14-10) was stellar in helping Washington win its second division crown in three years. The second-year starter scattered five hits -- all singles -- and did not issue a walk. This is the earliest a team from the nation's capital has earned a playoff berth. The 1933 Washington Senators clinched on Sept. 21. The only mistake Aaron Harang made all night was a hanging offspeed pitch that Desmond annihilated halfway up the seats in left field in the sixth. Harang (11-11) was otherwise solid, striking out eight and allowing just five hits and two walks over his seven-inning start. Atlanta's offense, however, was shut out for the second time during an inopportune 1-8 stretch that has dropped the club 5 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the NL's second wild card spot.
Final Score: Chicago 7, Cincinnati 0
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta came up short on another no-hit bid but still completed his shutout of the Cincinnati Reds as the Chicago Cubs rolled to a 7-0 victory on Tuesday. Arrieta (9-5) faced the minimum through seven frames and was five outs away from tossing the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history. The right-hander was ahead 0-2 on Brandon Phillips before the slugging second baseman lined a gapper to the warning track in left for Cincinnati's only hit. Rookie center fielder Matt Szczur made a valiant attempt with an all-out dive near the wall but came up well short as Phillips strolled in with a double. Arrieta stranded Phillips on second and finished off his first career complete game and shutout with a career-high 13 strikeouts. Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI while Chris Coghlan blew the game open with a three-run double in the sixth. Cincinnati has dropped three in a row and has been shut out three times in nine games, including the first two meetings of this three-game set. Any chance Johnny Cueto (18-9) had of challenging Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award fell by the wayside after he surrendered a season high-tying six runs on five hits and five walks. This was the third time this year Arrieta took a no- hitter into the seventh, including setting down the first 18 Reds the previous time he faced them on June 24.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, Boston 0
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and Starling Marte added a solo shot in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (6-12) gave up just four hits while striking out six over five innings in his return from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander, who had been out of action since Aug. 15 due to a sports hernia, won for the first time since July 2. The Pirates, who have won five of six, hold the National League's second Wild Card spot. Anthony Ranaudo (3-3) allowed three runs on four hits with three walks over 5 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, who took three of four from Kansas City over the weekend. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second. Neil Walker walked and crossed the plate on Martin's blast to right-center field.
Final Score: Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 2 (12 innings)
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Hector Gomez scored the game-tying run in the ninth, then knocked in the winning run in the 12th to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, on Tuesday. The Cardinals sent Kevin Siegrist (1-4) to the mound in the 12th. Carlos Gomez walked and swiped two bases before scoring on Hector Gomez's bloop single to shallow right field. Brandon Kintzler (3-3) got the last out in the 11th and Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless 12th for his 42nd save. Wily Peralta got the start and gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings for the Brewers, who have won five of six and are four games back of St. Louis in the division. St. Louis starter Lance Lynn allowed one run on five hits over seven innings.
Final Score: Colorado 10, Los Angeles 4
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer and knocked in four runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-4, in the middle contest of a three-game set. Tyler Matzek (6-10) allowed two runs on 11 hits while striking out six over 5 1/3 innings for the Rockies, who snapped a seven-game skid. Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer. Los Angeles starter Dan Haren (13-11) gave up five runs on four hits with five strikeouts over five innings.
Final Score: San Francisco 2, Arizona 1
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning and Brandon Crawford knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh as San Francisco edged Arizona by a 2-1 count in the second of three between the clubs. Peavy (6-4) scattered five hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings, striking out four. Sergio Romo got the final out of the eighth and Santiago Casilla closed the door in the ninth for his 16th save. Buster Posey homered and Pablo Sandoval added two hits for the Giants, who halted a three-game slide and trail the Dodgers by three games in the NL West after Colorado bested Los Angeles earlier Tuesday. Chris Owings tripled and scored his club's lone run on an RBI single from A.J. Pollock as the Diamondbacks had their three-game win streak snapped. Josh Collmenter (10-8) allowed two runs on seven hits over his eight-inning outing.
Final Score: San Diego 5, Philadelphia 4
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexi Amarista smacked a two-run homer among his three hits and the San Diego Padres topped the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, in the second test of a four-game set. Rymer Liriano posted three hits and scored a run for San Diego, which has taken the first two games of the series. Ian Kennedy (11-13) allowed three runs on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over six innings, while Kevin Quackenbush yielded a run in the ninth but still notched his fourth save of the season. A.J. Burnett (8-17) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and four walks over 5 2/3 frames for the Phillies. Freddy Galvis belted a two-run shot and Domonic Brown added a solo blast in defeat.
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