National League Game Capsules
(Saturday, April 19th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Washington 3
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Cruz had two hits and two RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Washington Nationals, 4-3, on Saturday. Jon Jay also had two hits while starter Lance Lynn (4-0) and Matt Holliday drove in a run apiece for St. Louis, winners in six of eight. Lynn lasted 5 2/3 innings, yielding just a run on five hits. Closer Trevor Rosenthal took the hill with a 4-2 lead in the ninth and ran into trouble, walking pinch- hitter Zach Walters and allowing Denard Span to reach on a fielder's choice. The runners moved up one base on a balk. Kevin Frandsen, who took over for Bryce Harper in left field in the seventh inning, grounded out to third to plate Walters and make it 4-3, but Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth on three pitches to post his fifth save of the year. Span had a pair of hits in his return to the Washington lineup. The Nationals' leadoff hitter was removed from the 7-day concussion DL before the game. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1) was the unlucky loser after tossing seven strong innings. Zimmermann struck out six and allowed four runs -- one earned -- on seven hits.
Final Score: Chicago 8, Cincinnati 4
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Welington Castillo, Darwin Barney and Mike Olt all homered as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a scoring slump in an 8-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Castillo had a two-run homer among his two hits, Barney also belted a two-run shot and Olt added a solo blast to help the Cubs halt a five-game losing streak. Chicago had mustered a mere one run total over its last three defeats. Emilio Bonifacio contributed three hits and scored twice, while Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the win, only the Cubs' second in their last 18 matchups with the Reds at Wrigley Field. The surge enabled Edwin Jackson (1-1) to pick up his first win of the season after he allowed two runs while scattering eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton both had three hits for Cincinnati, which took Friday's opener of this three-game set and had won three straight overall. Devin Mesoraco ended 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the setback. Tony Cingrani (1-2) was dealt the loss after permitting three runs in five innings.
Final Score: Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 7
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun's second homer of the night proved to be the difference in the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Jean Segura singled with one out in the ninth and Braun hammered the first pitch he saw from Jason Grilli (0-1) to center to give the Brewers a one-run lead. Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and earned the win, while Francisco Rodriguez closed the door in the ninth for his sixth save of the season. Rodriguez tied Goose Gossage for 20th place on the all-time saves list with 310. Braun had three hits with RBI and four runs scored, while Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the win, Milwaukee's second straight over the Pirates. The teams wrap up the four-game set on Sunday. Milwaukee starter Matt Garza allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Jose Tabata and Ike Davis each collected two hits for Pittsburgh, while Clint Barmes and Travis Snider knocked in two runs apiece in the setback. Davis was acquired from the Mets on Friday for a minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. Wandy Rodriguez toed the slab for Pittsburgh and was pulled after four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Final Score: Atlanta 7, New York 5
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a three run homer and two runs scored to help the Atlanta Braves to a 7-5 win over the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game set. Freddie Freeman finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Braves, winners in seven of their last eight games. Ervin Santana (2-0) allowed one run on six hits while fanning seven over seven innings. Over three starts this season (21 innings), the nine-year veteran has allowed just one run and struck out 24 batters. Jordan Walden left the bases loaded in the ninth to record his first save. David Wright and Chris Young each went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Travis d'Arnaud had two hits and an RBI for the Mets, who have dropped two straight after sweeping Arizona earlier this week. Bartolo Colon (1-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six to saddle the loss.
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