Thursday's National League Capsules

Jul 6, 2007 - 6:06 AM By PA SportsTicker

ST. LOUIS 3, ARIZONA 2 ----------------------

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) --Adam Wainwright kept the St. Louis Cardinals on a roll.

Wainwright pitched seven-plus effective innings and Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a four-game series Thursday.

Wainwright (7-7) yielded two runs and five hits, striking out five and walking three, as St. Louis won for the fourth time in their last five contests.

The 25-year-old righthander helped himself by inducing four inning-ending double plays. Mark Reynolds, Conor Jackson, Orlando Hudson and Stephen Drew all ended potential threats by grounding into double plays.

After pitching seven scoreless innings, Wainwright was relieved by Randy Flores in the eighth inning after giving up a leadoff double to Reynolds and a walk to Miguel Montero.

Augie Ojeda chased Flores with a pinch-hit, two-run triple to cut the deficit to 3-2, but Russ Springer entered to record the final two outs, stranding Ojeda at third.

Jason Isringhausen got Montero to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the ninth to register his 17th save of the season.

Encarnacion gave the Cardinals all the runs they needed with a three-run blast off Diamondbacks starter Doug Davis (5-10) in the sixth inning.

Ryan Ludwick led off the inning with a double and Albert Pujols followed with a walk to set the stage for Encarnacion, who hit his sixth home run of the season over the left center field wall for a 3-0 advantage.

Encarnacion was the offensive star for the second straight night. He had an RBI double in the eighth inning to tie the game and later scored on Scott Rolen's double in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Davis surrendered three runs and seven hits with five walks and five strikeouts over seven innings.

PITTSBURGH 6, MILWAUKEE 3 -------------------------

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Adam LaRoche hit two home runs and Ryan Doumit also homered for the second consecutive day as the Pittsburgh Pirates won their third straight, 6-3 over the Milwaukee Brewers.

LaRoche, who also homered Wednesday, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs and Xavier Nady went 3-for-4 for the Pirates, who have won six of their last nine.

Geoff Jenkins hit his 13th home run for Milwaukee, which lost three out of four at PNC Park this week and have dropped four out of five overall.

What was supposed to be a pitchers' duel between Tom Gorzelanny and Ben Sheets - two pitchers who combined for 18 wins and ERAs under 3.20 - never really materialized in earnest. Neither pitcher was awful, but neither was on the top of his game, either, after a 2-hour, 28-minute rain delay pushed start time back from 12:35 p.m. ET to after 3 p.m.

FLORIDA 3, SAN DIEGO 2 ----------------------

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Byung-Hyun Kim collected his first victory in over a month and Jeremy Hermida homered to lead the Florida Marlins to a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

Kim (4-4) tossed 6 1/3 solid innings, yielding two runs and three hits while recording a season-high seven strikeouts. The 28-year-old, who walked two, had not won a start since May 28 and was 0-2 with a 5.22 ERA in his last six outings.

Erasmo Ramirez faced one batter in the seventh before Justin Miller worked out of a one-out jam with runners on first and second to end the threat.

Armando Benitez worked around a leadoff walk to pitch a scoreless eighth before Kevin Gregg retired the side in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

After Kim yielded an RBI triple to Marcus Giles in the bottom of the first, the native of South Korea settled in, not allowing another hit until a Jose Cruz Jr. doubled in the fifth.

CINCINNATI 6, SAN FRANCISCO 3 -----------------------------

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Bronson Arroyo belted his third career home run while keeping Barry Bonds four shy of Hank Aaron's all-time record as the Cincinnati Reds captured the rubber game of their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants with a 6-3 victory.

Arroyo (3-9), who had been winless since beating Colorado on May 6, held Bonds to a single in three at-bats. The slugger, who has 751 career homers, also struck out in the eighth inning against reliever Jon Coutlangus.

With Cincinnati already ahead, 1-0, and two outs in the second, Arroyo hit Morris' first pitch an estimated 386 feet to left field, with Bonds watching it sail over the wall from the warning track. It was the third career blast by Arroyo, whose first two came off Chicago's Glendon Rusch last season.

On the mound, Arroyo held San Francisco to three runs, seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. The lanky righthander struck out four en route to ending a seven-game losing streak, the longest of his career.

CHICAGO CUBS 4, WASHINGTON 2 ----------------------------

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Mike Fontenot's seventh-inning single drove home the go-ahead run and Daryle Ward had two RBI to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

With President George W. Bush in attendance, the Cubs rebounded from a loss on Independence Day and reverted back to their recent winning ways, a run that has seen them win 11 of their last 13 games. Chicago has won four straight series.

After allowing the Nationals to erase a 2-0 deficit in the sixth, the Cubs answered with two in the top of the seventh. Relievers Will Ohman (1-4), Michael Wertz, Carlos Marmol and Bobby Howry closed the door on the Nationals over the final 4 2/3 innings with to secure the win. Howry registered his fourth save.

The Nationals loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth against Marmol but Brian Schneider lined out to first to end the threat.

Pinch hitter Angel Pagan led off the seventh with a single against Nationals reliever Luis Ayala (0-1) and went to third when Cubs All-Star outfielder Alfonso Soriano singled to center.

Fontenot followed with a single to center - his second hit of the night following an 0-for-13 slide - to score Pagan. Soriano took third on the play and scored on Ward's sacrifice fly to center.

NY METS 6, HOUSTON 2 --------------------

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- John Maine (10-4) shut out Houston for 7 2/3 innings, setting a career high with nine strikeouts, and Carlos Delgado rapped out four hits as the New York Mets defeated the Astros, 6-2.

Carlos Beltran also added a solo homer for New York, which had lost the final game of a four-game series in Philadelphia and dropped three straight in Colorado before beginning the series in Houston.

Maine, who allowed six hits, became the fifth pitcher in the National League to 10 wins.

The righthander had won both his previous starts again Houston, including a complete-game four-hitter last year at Shea Stadium. Maine entered Thursday's game with a 1.17 ERA in 15 1/3 innings vs. Houston.

Delgado, who enjoyed similar success vs. the Astros, was 4-for-4 vs. Houston, reaching base five times. The veteran first baseman entered with a .425 average with six homers vs. the Astros.

ATLANTA 8, LA DODGERS 6 -----------------------

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth inning and added another in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves salvaged a series split with an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a back-and-forth contest, Jones hit a 3-2 pitch from reliever Eric Stults (0-1) into the left-center field seats for his 14th homer of the season and a 7-6 lead.

Jones' homers were more than just the difference in the game. He tied the Atlanta franchise record of 371 - set by Dale Murphy in 1990 - with his first blast and the second, a blast to right-center off Chin-Hui Tsao, eclipsed Murphy's mark.

Coincidentally, Jones homered from both sides of the plate for the first time in seven years to the day.

Jones' blasts made a winner out of Peter Moylan (3-1), who pitched two scoreless innings. Chad Paranto, Wilfredo Ledezma and Rafael Soriano each worked a scoreless inning before closer Bob Wickman threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 20 opportunities.






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