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National League Game Capsules

(Sunday, May 24)

Final Score: Washington 4, Philadelphia 1

Washington, DC ( - Gio Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series. Gonzalez (4-2) allowed a run on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings for the Nationals, who have won seven of their last eight. Bryce Harper drove in a pair of runs in the win. Jeff Francoeur knocked in the only run of the game for the Phillies, who have dropped four of their last six. Aaron Harang (4-4) allowed two runs on seven hits in six inning to take the loss.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 9, New York 1

Pittsburgh, PA ( - Starling Marte belted a three-run homer, Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run shot, and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 9-1 win on Sunday. A day after knocking around Matt Harvey, the Pirates forced Jon Niese (3-5) out in the fifth. Niese walked four in his short stint and allowed four runs on seven hits. Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Francisco Liriano (2-4) struck out 12 over six quality frames to earn his first home win of the season.

Final Score: Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1

Atlanta, GA ( - Mike Foltynewicz tossed 7 2/3 solid innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Sunday. Foltynewicz (3-1) gave up one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one for the Braves, who won three of four in the series to move over .500 for the first time since April 27. Andrelton Simmons and A.J. Pierzynski had one RBI apiece. Elian Herrera drove in the lone run for the Brewers, who went 4-6 on a 10-game road trip. Jimmy Nelson (2-5) allowed two runs on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Cleveland 5, Cincinnati 2

Cleveland, OH ( - Trevor Bauer tossed 7 2/3 solid innings and the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game with a 5-2 win over the skidding Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Bauer (4-1) gave up one run on five hits while striking out four and walking none. The right-hander has allowed one run in each of his last three starts. Carlos Santana, David Murphy and Nick Swisher had one RBI apiece for the Indians, who swept the Reds in a three-game series at Progressive Field for the first time since June 18-20, 2012. Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer for the Reds, who have lost eight in a row for the first time since 2009. Raisel Iglesias (1-1) started in place of Johnny Cueto (elbow stiffness) and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Final Score: Miami 5, Baltimore 2

Miami, FL ( - Tom Koehler pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Miami Marlins took the rubber game of a three-game interleague series with the Baltimore Orioles, 5-2, on Sunday. Koehler (3-3) set down the first 13 hitters he faced and only allowed one run on three hits for the Marlins, who had dropped eight in a row before winning a 1-0 marathon on Saturday. Martin Prado, just hours removed from getting Miami back in the win column with the deciding hit in the 13th inning, went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Marcell Ozuna added a two-run single among his three hits. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3) was roughed up for five runs on 10 hits and three walks over four-plus innings for Baltimore, which had won four of five before dropping two in a row.

Final Score: St. Louis 6, Kansas City 1

Kansas City, MO ( - Michael Wacha sparkled again to become the first seven-game winner in the National League and the Cardinals beat the Royals 6-1 on Sunday to avoid being swept in a three-game series. Wacha (7-0) struck out four and allowed one unearned run, five hits and two walks in seven innings, beating Kansas City for the first time in three tries. The NL Central-leading Cardinals have won each of the right-hander's last 11 regular- season starts, including all seven this season. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game skid to finish 3-4 on their road trip. The AL Central-leading Royals, who won Saturday's rain-shortened game in six innings, had a five-game winning streak snapped. Yordano Ventura (3-4) took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings.

Final Score: Arizona 4, Chicago 3

Phoenix, AZ ( - Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to power the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series. Goldschmidt's efforts backed a quality start from Jeremy Hellickson (2-3), who pitched into the seventh and scattered three runs on four hits. Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, and Miguel Montero, who spent the first nine years of his career in Arizona, cranked a solo shot in the second inning. Goldschmidt singled in a run in the first inning and completely annihilated a Jason Hammel (3-2) offering to straightaway center in the third.

Final Score: San Diego 11, Los Angeles 3

Los Angeles, CA ( - Justin Upton hit a grand slam and finished with six RBI to lead the San Diego Padres in an 11-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a three-game set. Derek Norris drove in a pair of runs, while Will Venable was 4-for-5 with three runs scored for the Padres, who snapped a four-game losing streak that saw the team score just three runs over that span. James Shields (6-0) stayed undefeated on the season after giving up three runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings. He has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last six starts, and nine of his 10 starts this season. Alex Guerrero hit a two- run homer for the Dodgers, who have lost four of their last six. Carlos Frias (3-2) was clobbered for 10 runs on 12 hits in just four-plus innings on the mound.

Final Score: Colorado 11, San Francisco 2

Denver, CO ( - Nolan Arenado smacked a three-run homer to highlight an eight-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Colorado Rockies routed the San Francisco Giants 11-2 on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series. Arenado finished a double shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored for the Rockies, who won the final two games of the series after dropping the first two. Chad Bettis (1-0) struck out seven and allowed two runs on six hits and a pair of walks over 8 1/3 innings to pick up his second career win. Tim Hudson (2-4) surrendered eight runs on six hits and two walks over 3 2/3 frames for San Francisco, which has lost two straight on the heels of an eight-game winning streak.

05/24 21:31:42 ET

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