Wednesday's National League Capsules

Sep 6, 2007 - 5:09 AM By PA SportsTicker

ATLANTA 9, PHILADELPHIA 8 -------------------------

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Phillies spoiled a golden opportunity to gain ground in the National League East.

Matt Diaz's three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Atlanta Braves a dramatic 9-8 victory over the Phillies.

After the first-place New York Mets (78-61) lost a 7-0 decision to the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the day, the Phillies (73-66) appeared to be well on their way to reducing their deficit in the division as they held a 8-2 lead entering the eighth inning.

However, the Braves (71-69) posted four runs in the bottom of the eighth before putting together an improbable two-out rally in the ninth off Phillies closer Brett Myers (3-6), who also had been called upon to record the final two outs in the eighth.

Myers recorded the first two outs in the ninth but then allowed back-to-back singles to Jeff Francoeur and Martin Prado. Myers loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk to rookie Yunel Escobar.

Diaz, who finished with four RBI, followed with a fly to deep right field that glanced off the top of the outstretched glove of right fielder Chris Roberson and rolled to the wall. Roberson retrieved the ball in time to create a play at the plate, but Escobar beat the throw home.

Myers allowed three runs, four hits and three walks while striking out one in the loss. Atlanta reliever Rafael Soriano (3-3) was credited with the win after tossing a scoreless ninth.

Atlanta's Willie Harris hit his second home run of the season while Chipper Jones and Francoeur also contributed one RBI apiece.

Braves starter Tim Hudson allowed five runs, a season-high 11 hits, walked two and struck out four in five frames. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick scattered two runs, six hits and struck out two without a walk in five-plus frames.

Chase Utley and Jayson Werth drove in two runs apiece for the Phillies and Pat Burrell hit his 25th home run of the season.

CINCINNATI 7, NY METS 0 -----------------------

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Rookies Joey Votto and Tom Shearn have not appeared intimidated by their new surroundings.

Votto highlighted a three-hit game with his first career home run and Shearn threw six strong innings as the Cincinnati Reds posted a 7-0 victory over the New York Mets to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Brandon Phillips, rookie Josh Hamilton and Edwin Encarnacion all drove in a pair of runs for Cincinnati, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

The Reds' top offensive prospect, Votto made the most of his first career start, going 3-for-3 with a walk. In 133 games with Class AAA Louisville, the Canadian hit .294 with 22 home runs and 92 RBI.

CHICAGO CUBS 8, LA DODGERS 2 ----------------------------

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Ted Lilly had to end his own slump to stop one by the Chicago Cubs.

Lilly worked 6 2/3 solid innings for his first win in nearly a month as the Cubs posted an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In winning for the first time since August 9, Lilly (14-7) continually worked out of trouble as he helped the Cubs end a two-game losing streak to Los Angeles.

The veteran lefthander tied Carlos Zambrano for the team lead in victories and, more importantly, improved to 8-1 following a Chicago loss. Lilly allowed two runs and six hits, striking out three and walking one.

MILWAUKEE 14, HOUSTON 2 -----------------------

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun strengthened their cases for two of the National League's most prestigious awards and kept the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle of a pennant race.

Fielder, a league MVP candidate, and Braun, the front-runner for the league's top rookie honor, each belted three-run home runs in the Brewers' 14-2 rout of the Houston Astros at Miller Park.

Corey Hart also belted a three-run shot and rookie righthander Yovani Gallardo pitched seven scoreless innings for Milwaukee, which entered the contest one half-game behind the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the NL Central.

SAN FRANCISCO 5, COLORADO 3 ---------------------------

DENVER (Ticker) -- Barry Bonds added to his all-time record, but got plenty of help from his teammates.

Bonds, Pedro Feliz and Bengie Molina all homered as the San Francisco Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 triumph over the Colorado Rockies.

Giants starter Kevin Correia (4-6) limited the Rockies to one run and four hits over six innings in his second start after replacing the injured Russ Ortiz, who was placed on the disabled list on August 21 with a right torn flexor tendon in his elbow. Correia struck out four without walking a batter as the Giants salvaged the final game of the three-game series.

Bonds began the home run parade in the first inning, hitting his 762nd career home run off Rockies rookie starter Ubaldo Jimenez, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. The two-run blast was his 28th of the season as Jimenez became the 449th pitcher to surrender a homer to the all-time leader. The home run was Bonds' first since August 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

WASHINGTON 6, FLORIDA 4 -----------------------

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Wily Mo Pena and Brian Schneider delivered RBI singles in the seventh inning to give the Washington Nationals a 6-4 victory over the Florida Marlins, sweeping a series in a battle of National League East cellar dwellers.

The victory was Washington's fifth in a row while Florida lost for the 17th time in 21 outings.

The Nationals (63-77) have now won seven straight vs. the Marlins (60-80) at RFK. Florida became the first team in the National League to lose 80 games.

PITTSBURGH 8, ST LOUIS 2 ------------------------

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - The Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled Mark Mulder's first start in over a year.

Jack Wilson and Ronnie Paulino both drove in three runs and Tony Armas tossed six solid innings as the Pirates coasted to an 8-2 win over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

In his first appearance on the hill since August 29, 2006, Mulder (0-1) was tagged for six runs and eight hits in four innings. The 30-year-old lefthander, who missed 135 games while recovering from rotator cuff surgery, threw just 59 pitches - 39 for strikes.

ARIZONA 9, SAN DIEGO 6 ----------------------

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Working on three days' rest apparently didn't sit well with Jake Peavy.

The leading Cy Young Award candidate was tagged for eight runs in his shortest outing of the season as the San Diego Padres dropped the rubber game of a crucial three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-6, in the final game of the season between the clubs.

Conor Jackson and Miguel Montero homered early off Peavy and Chris Young delivered a go-ahead double in the fifth for the Diamondbacks (78-63), who regained a one-game lead for first place in the National League West over the Padres (76-63).

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