Sunday's National League Capsules

Sep 16, 2007 - 11:43 PM By PA SportsTicker

PHILADELPHIA 10, NY METS 6 --------------------------

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Some shoddy fielding by the New York Mets and a grand slam by Greg Dobbs tightened the race dramatically in the National League East.

Dobbs hit a pinch-hit grand slam to highlight a five-run sixth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies capitalized on six New York errors to defeat the Mets for the eighth straight time, 10-6, on Sunday.

The Phillies (80-69) completed their second three-game sweep of the season at Shea Stadium and moved within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Mets (83-65) in the East. They won the final eight games in the series.

Philadelphia, which also swept four games from New York last month at Citizens Bank Park from August 27-30, climbed within one game of the San Diego Padres in the wild card race. The Padres are hosting San Francisco Sunday.

Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and David Wright connected on his 30th of the season for the Mets, but it was not enough to overcome their first six-error game since September 13, 2002 at Montreal and 11 walks by New York pitchers.

For the second straight day, it was Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins who forced the issue.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes committed two errors on the same groundball hit by Rollins, allowing two runs to score, and left fielder Moises Alou dropped a line drive by Rollins leading to another run.

The Mets had tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth on a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran off Adam Eaton.

Yet, an error by second baseman Luis Castillo and two walks by Guillermo Mota (2-2) loaded the bases in the sixth for Philadelphia. Jorge Sosa relieved and walked Jayson Werth to force in the go-ahead run.

Dobbs then lined a pitch just inside the right field foul pole for his first career grand slam, giving the Phillies a 10-5 lead. It was the third pinch-hit home run of Dobbs' career and the second pinch-hit slam by a Phillie this season. Ryan Howard had the other May 9 at Arizona.

Dobbs also drove in the game-winning run as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning of Friday's series opener.

Geoff Geary (3-2) pitched two innings for the win in relief of Eaton, who was charged with five runs four earned and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

With the bases loaded in the second, Rollins hit a two-out grounder to Reyes, who bobbled the ball for one error and then made an errant throw to second that allowed the second run to score, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

Reyes had gone 43 straight games without an error, the longest streak of his career.

In the fourth, Alou dropped Rollins' line drive at the warning track in left field for a three-base error. Chase Utley followed with an RBI single to make it 4-1.

In Saturday's win, Beltran misplayed a line drive by Rollins into a decisive two-run triple in the seventh inning.

Rollins added an RBI double in the fifth on the 118th and final pitch of the day by Oliver Perez, increasing the Philadelphia lead to 5-2.

Perez struggled with his mechanics from the start, but erratic fielding made his afternoon worse. The lefthander allowed five runs two earned and six hits with six walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Wright homered in the seventh off Geary to become the third Mets to post a season with at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He joined Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson.

Alou singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

The Mets were swept in a series at Shea Stadium for just the third time under manager Willie Randolph. Two were against the Phillies.

MILWAUKEE 5, CINCINNATI 2 -------------------------

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- From Japan to a pennant race, Milwaukee Brewers utility player Joe Dillon has come a long way in a short period of time.

Dillon's career-high four RBI helped the Brewers defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-2, at Miller Park

Carlos Villanueva (8-4) pitched seven shutout innings and Prince Fielder extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single as the Brewers (76-72) kept pace with the National League Central Division-leading Chicago Cubs (78-72).

HOUSTON 15, PITTSBURGH 3 ------------------------

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- There were several heroes for the Houston Astros in their 15-3 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

Rookie Josh Anderson had a career-high five hits, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Ty Wigginton had three hits, a homer and was just a triple shy of his first career cycle.

Then there was Brandon Backe.

Making just his third start after having surgery a year ago to repair the ulnar collateral ligament on his right elbow, Backe (1-1) pitched six strong innings, went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a pair of runs while picking up his first win in 2007.

CHICAGO CUBS 4, ST LOUIS 2 --------------------------

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Jason Marquis beat his former team for the third time this season and Matt Murton homered, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

The Cubs' (78-72) win kept Milwaukee (76-72) a game behind in the National League Central and pushed the defending World Series champion Cardinals (70-78) seven games back in the division race.

Marquis (12-8), who played for St. Louis from 2004-2006, yielded just one run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings. The righthander faced no more than four hitters in any of his first five innings to improve to 3-1 with a 3.56 ERA.

ATLANTA 3, WASHINGTON 0 -----------------------

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Tim Hudson pitched a shutout and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run single as the Braves topped the Washington Nationals, 3-0, in the finale of a three-game series.

In earning his 10th career shutout and the 21st complete game of his career, Hudson (16-8) allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out six. The Nationals rarely threatened against the righthander, getting a runner to third base just once.

COLORADO 13, FLORIDA 0 ----------------------

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Rockies provided some big hits and a glimmer of hope for the postseason, no matter how dim that prospect may now be, with a 13-0 victory over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Colorado (77-72) avoided a series sweep shelling by the Marlins with 20 hits, including a four-hit performance from Matt Holliday and the 300th career home run for Todd Helton.

Only 13 games remain on the regular-season schedule, and the Rockies trail three teams in the chase for the National League wild card. They remained 4 1/2 games behind wild card-leading San Diego (81-67) with the victory here.

In front of a sparse crowd with the Denver Broncos also playing at home, Garrett Atkins and Chris Iannetta each hit home runs in the second inning to get the Rockies started with an early 4-0 lead.

ARIZONA 6, LA DODGERS 1 -----------------------

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Chris Snyder hit a three-run home run in the second inning, powering the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Snyder put the Diamondbacks in the lead, 3-0, in the third when he belted a pitch from Esteban Loaiza (1-2) over the left field fence to plate Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew, who reached on two of the seven free passes handed out by the Dodger righthander.

Snyder finished with two of the four hits for the Diamondbacks, who improved to a NL-best 37-23 since the All-Star break.

SAN DIEGO 5, SN FRANCISCO 1 ---------------------------

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Jake Peavy added to his Cy Young candidacy and the San Diego Padres completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 5-1 victory on Sunday.

Peavy (18-6) entered the game leading the league in the pitching triple-crown categories and did nothing to dissuade Cy Young Award voters in this one. The All-Star righthander tossed 7 1/3 fantastic innings, allowing one run on just four hits. He fanned 10 batters for his major league best ninth double-digit strikeout effort of the season.

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