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National League Game Capsules



(Tuesday, April 22nd)

Final Score: Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Johnny Cueto was two outs away from shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second time in a week, but the Cincinnati ace was nonetheless masterful in pitching the Reds to a 4-1 win. Six days after tossing a three-hit shutout against them, Cueto (2-2) was just as stingy against the NL Central rivals before Andrew McCutchen belted a solo home run in the ninth inning. Cueto, who was working on 21 consecutive scoreless innings prior to the blast, still finished off his eighth career complete having allowed just three hits and three walks while adding an RBI single in the ninth for good measure. Brayan Pena and Jay Bruce both had two hits, a run scored and another driven in for the Reds, winners in five of their last seven games. Pittsburgh fell for the ninth time in the last 12 games despite a strong outing by Edinson Volquez (1-1), who matched Cueto before blinking in the seventh.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, New York 0

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright tossed seven scoreless innings before leaving Tuesday's 3-0 win over the New York Mets with a hyperextended right knee. Wainwright (4-1) was at 79 pitches when he stumbled awkwardly while trying to field a chopper on a play that ended the seventh inning. He gave up just four hits and struck out three. The right-hander was coming off a two-hit shutout last Thursday in an 8-0 win at Washington. Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Cardinals, who improved to 5-4 on an 11-game road trip. Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Dillon Gee (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings for the Mets, who fell to 2-3 on a 10-game homestand. He had four strikeouts and two walks.

Final Score: Miami 1, Atlanta 0

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Fernandez tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts to help the Miami Marlins edge the Atlanta Braves, 1-0, in the second of three from Turner Field. Fernandez (3-1) gave up just three hits without a walk over eight innings while Casey McGehee drove in the lone run for the Marlins, who have won four of five. Alex Wood (2-3) gave up just one run on four hits with 11 strikeouts over eight innings to take the hard-luck loss for the Braves, who had won three of four coming in.

Final Score: Chicago 9, Arizona 2

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Olt had a three-run home run and Jason Hammel limited Arizona to just a run on four hits in the Chicago Cubs' 9-2 rout of the Diamondbacks to take the second of this four-game set from Wrigley Field. Hammel (3-1) went seven innings for the third straight start and added four strikeouts to help Chicago to its first two-game winning streak of the season. The Cubs have been winners in three of four overall. Justin Ruggiano and Nate Schierholtz had two RBI apiece while Luis Valbuena recorded two hits and three runs scored in the triumph. Brandon McCarthy (0-4) remains winless after striking out six in five frames. Four of McCarthy's five runs charged to him were unearned. Tuffy Gosewisch's first hit of the season left the ballpark to supply Arizona with its first run in the sixth inning, and Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single in the ninth. The Diamondbacks own the worst record (5-18) in the majors.

Final Score: San Diego 2, Milwaukee 1 (12 innings)

Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Chase Headley crushed a mammoth solo home run in the 12th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in a pitchers' duel at Miller Park. The Brewers had won four in a row coming in and eked out the previous three by one run apiece, including a 4-3 triumph in the opener of this three-game set. Alfredo Figaro (0-1) pitched two innings of relief to keep another close win within reach, but the reliever's third frame began with Headley smashing one to deep right- center an estimated 447 feet for his second homer of the season. The Brewers, who went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base, went down in order in the 12th as Huston Street posted his seventh save of the young campaign. Rookie Donn Roach (1-0) picked up his first big-league win with two scoreless innings of relief behind Ian Kennedy, who tossed six innings of one-run ball.

Final Score: Colorado 2, San Francisco 1

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado each hit solo homers to back a strong start from Franklin Morales, and the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, to take the second matchup of a three-game set. Morales (2-1) allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings of work. Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins combined closed out the final two innings, with Hawkins getting two outs in the ninth to secure his sixth save of the season. Colorado has won five of its last six games. Hunter Pence accounted for San Francisco's lone run with a solo shot in the fifth inning. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (2-2) went eight innings and surrendered two runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. San Francisco has dropped five of six.

Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Los Angeles 2 (10 innings)

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Domonic Brown's RBI double in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. With one out in the 10th, Carlos Ruiz skied a pop up to shallow left field where Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez miscommunicated as the ball bounced off Crawford's chest, falling to the turf. Crawford was given an error on the play and Brown followed with a slicing double to left-center off J.P. Howell (1-2) to put the Phillies on top. Antonio Bastardo (3-1) struck out two in the ninth to earn the win and Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his sixth save of the season for the Phillies, who have won a season high-tying three straight games.

Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, Washington 2

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols never faced Taylor Jordan over his 14-year career entering Tuesday's game at Nationals Park. Jordan might like to keep it that way in the future. Pujols joined elite company by hitting two homers off Jordan to reach the 500 home run club and help the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Pujols, who entered the game with 498 round trippers, hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Jordan and then tagged the 25-year old again in the sixth, this time of the two-run variety. The 34-year old became the first player in Major League history to hit No. 499 and No. 500 in the same game. He's 26th player to reach the milestone and just the fourth to do so in his first 14 seasons, joining Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays. Only Jimmie Foxx and Rodriguez were younger (both age 32) when they hit their milestone shot. Tyler Skaggs (2-0) surrendered two runs on three hits, but walked four with five strikeouts over seven innings to earn the win. Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar each collected two hits and scored a run for the Angels, while Mike Trout scored twice in Los Angeles' fifth straight win over the Nationals. Jordan (0-3) was tagged for six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits with five strikeouts over five innings in the setback. For the second straight night, Washington was held to just three hits as a team. The Nationals did not record a hit past the third inning.

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