Wednesday's National League Capsules

Sep 27, 2007 - 6:13 AM By PA SportsTicker

SAN DIEGO 11, SAN FRANCISCO 3 -----------------------------

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- San Francisco fans got their wish. So did the San Diego Padres.

With Barry Bonds in the lineup for his final home game as a member of the San Francisco Giants, the Padres remained at the forefront of the National League wild card race by rolling to an 11-3 blowout win in the Giants' home finale before a sellout crowd of 42,926.

Fans saw plenty of highlights from the seven-time National League MVP on the scoreboard between innings, which helped since excitement was in short supply during a lackluster night for the Giants left fielder.

Bonds went 0-for-3 in his curtain call at AT&T Park. The all-time home run king gave the crowd one more thrill when he slammed a 2-0 pitch to deep right-center, but it did not have the distance as Brady Clark gloved it on the warning track to end the sixth.

After retreating to the dugout, Bonds stepped back on the field to acknowledge the fans for one last time and then headed into the clubhouse.

With the win, the San Diego Padres (87-71) remained one game ahead of both the Philadelphia Phillies (86-72) and Colorado Rockies (86-72) in the NL wild card chase. The NL West title is also very much in reach, as San Diego cut the deficit to just one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks (88-70).

It was another strong outing for Padres starter Jake Peavy (19-6). The Cy Young Award candidate went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Trailing, 1-0, in the bottom of the second, San Diego built a 2-1 lead as Khalil Greene, Josh Bard and Geoff Blum hit consecutive doubles against rookie lefthander Pat Misch.

The Padres then put the game out of reach with a six-run fifth inning. Peavy started the seven-hit parade with a leadoff single and advanced to third on a single by Brian Giles. Kevin Kouzmanoff slapped an RBI single and Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked to load the bases for Greene.

The Padres shortstop responded with a two-run single and Bard followed with another two-run single which eluded an awkward sliding attempt by Bonds to end Misch's outing.

Scott Munter came on in relief and surrendered back-to-back singles to Clark and Blum, which gave San Diego an 8-1 lead.

Misch (0-4) lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs and nine hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Randy Winn homered for the second straight day with a solo shot off Peavy in the first for his 14th of the season.

About the only exciting moment for Bonds came during the sixth inning when a fan got loose on the field trying to pay his respects to No. 25 before being tackled by three security guards.

WASHINGTON 9, NY METS 6 -----------------------

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) - Wily Mo Pena had a two-run double to cap a five-run fifth inning and Ryan Church homered and drove in four runs as the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 9-6 victory.

Church hit a two-run homer off Humber in the fourth and gave the Nats two valuable insurance runs with a two-run double in the ninth off closer Billy Wagner.

The Nationals put the first three runners on base in the fifth, including an RBI double by Ronnie Belliard that ended Humber's night. Joe Smith (3-2) entered with runners on second and third and allowed RBI singles to Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Kearns.

Pedro Feliciano relieved and allowed a two-run double to Pena that gave Washington its first lead at 7-6.

Moises Alou extended his club-record hitting streak to 30 games, the longest by a New York player since Joe DiMaggio's legendary 56-game streak for the Yankees in 1941.

PHILADELPHIA 5, ATLANTA 2 -------------------------

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings and Greg Dobbs had a key two-run single as the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, 5-2, at Citizens Bank Park in the second game of a three-game set.

With the Phillies using a patchwork pitching rotation, the starters have had trouble going deep into games recently. In this contest, Lohse (9-12) allowed two runs and six hits while striking out five without a walk.

The Phillies then took advantage of a costly two-out error by Chipper Jones to score three unearned runs in the third inning.

Braves starter Tim Hudson had just issued an intentional walk to Howard to put runners on first and second when Aaron Rowand grounded Hudson's next pitch to Jones at third. Jones attempted to tag the runner coming in from second and missed - then threw wildly past first for a two-base error to make it 2-0.

Dobbs followed with a two-run single to center that increased the Phillies advantage to 4-0.

FLORIDA 7, CHICAGO CUBS 4 -------------------------

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Matt Treanor's RBI single in the fifth inning broke open a tie game and Miguel Cabrera cemented it two innings later with a two-run homer, helping the Florida Marlins down the Chicago Cubs, 7-4.

Tied, 4-4, in the fifth, Todd Linden hit a two-out double off Cubs starter Jason Marquis (12-9). Five pitches later, Treanor lined a single to the left-center field gap to plate Linden for the go-ahead run at 5-4 but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

In the seventh, Cabrera followed Jeremy Hermida's one-out double with a home run off Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who had not been scored upon in 18 straight appearances, spanning 22 1/3 innings. For the four-time All-Star, it was his career-high 34th homer, surpassing the 33 he has hit in three of the past four seasons.

The 34 home runs are the second-best mark in club history, trailing only the 42 that Gary Sheffield belted in 1998.

HOUSTON 7, CINCINNATI 6 -----------------------

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Lance Berkman hit two homers and rookie Hunter Pence drove in the decisive run as the Houston Astros posted a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Carlos Lee homered and scored the game-winning run and Pence also hit a solo shot for Houston, which is 10-4 vs. Cincinnati this season, including 7-1 here.

With the score tied at 6-6 in the top of the eighth, Lee hit a two-out double off rookie Jared Burton (4-2), the sixth of seven pitchers used by Cincinnati. Pence then slapped a base hit up the middle, allowing the burly Lee to just beat the throw of center fielder Norris Hopper at home plate to give Houston a one-run lead.

Berkman put the Astros out front early when, with runners on second and third and no outs in the first, the nine-year veteran belted a 3-0 pitch from rookie Tom Shearn over the center field wall to give Houston a 3-0 lead.

It was the 33rd homer of the season for Berkman, who is one ahead of Lee for the team lead. It was also his 100th RBI, the fifth time he's reach the century mark for runs driven in.

ST LOUIS 7, MILWAUKEE 3 -----------------------

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) - The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brewers, 7-3, at Miller Park, preventing the Milwaukee Brewers from locking up its first winning season since 1992.

More importantly, the loss kept the Brewers (81-77) from gaining a game on the National League Central Division-leading Chicago Cubs (83-75), who lost to the Florida Marlins on Wednesday but saw their magic number shrink to three with Milwaukee's defeat.

Righthander Brad Thompson (8-6) did not allow an earned run over six innings, and Albert Pujols homered to lead the Cardinals past the Brewers, who remained two games behind the Cubs with four remaining.

Pujols became the first player in major league history to have at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in his first seven seasons.

PITTSBURGH 5, ARIZONA 1 -----------------------

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - Matt Morris hurled seven strong innings and Xavier Nady hit his 20th home run as the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates beat the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks for the second consecutive night with a 5-1 victory.

Morris (10-11) pitched his best game as a Pirate since being acquired at the July 31 trade deadline. He allowed one run and six hits while striking out seven without a walk, improving to 3-4 as a Pirate.

After the two teams sat through a 59-minute delay in the bottom of the second inning, Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the third when LaRoche hit a ground-rule double to left center off Diamondbacks starter Livan Hernandez that drove in Morris and rookie Nyjer Morgan.

Pittsburgh added to that the following inning when Morgan singled in Jose Castillo. The Pirates threatened to break the game open with the bases loaded and nobody out, but Hernandez got Adam LaRoche to ground into a double play to keep the Pittsburgh lead at 3-0.

But the Pirates eventually got that run anyway on the next pitch they saw from Hernandez. Nady led off the fifth with his homer to right and, when Jose Bautista then singled on Hernandez's next pitch, the righthander's night was over.

COLORADO 2, LA DODGERS 0 ------------------------

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Josh Fogg tossed 6 2/3 strong innings as the Colorado Rockies set a franchise record by winning their 10th straight game, downing the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0.

The 10-game winning streak is the longest in the majors this season.

Fogg (10-9), who was just 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA against the Dodgers in three previous starts against them this season, extended his unbeaten streak to six games. He yielded five hits and walked three before departing in favor of reliever Jeremy Affeldt after throwing 97 pitches.






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