National League roundup
Phillies 5, Braves 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino homered, Cole Hamels survived a shaky start and the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen hung on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Sunday.
Hamels (3-2) struggled on a chilly afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Chad Durbin relieved Hamels and pitched two innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced. Jose Contreras got three outs and Brad Lidge threw a perfect ninth for his first regular-season save since Sept. 20.
Troy Glaus had two hits and two RBIs for the Braves. Kenshin Kawakami (0-6) surrendered five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Giants 6, Mets 5
NEW YORK (AP) – Aaron Rowand hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning after the Giants blew a two-run lead for Tim Lincecum, and San Francisco snapped the Mets’ nine-game home winning streak.
San Francisco ended its East Coast trip 4-2, while New York – which won the first two games of the series with game-ending homers – lost for the first time at Citi Field since April 21.
Lincecum left after six innings with a 4-2 lead but the Giants fell apart in the seventh. Jason Bay’s wind-aided two-run single off Dan Runzler tied it and David Wright gave New York its first lead with a sacrifice fly.
Rowand homered to right-center after Jenrry Meija (0-2) issued the Mets’ 10th of 11 walks to retake the lead, and Brian Wilson prevented the Mets from making it three last at-bat wins in a row. He got all five of his outs by strikeout for his seventh save.
Sergio Romo (1-3) got two outs for the win.
Dodgers 2, Rockies 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Clayton Kershaw bounced back from the shortest start of his brief career with eight innings of two-hit ball, leading the Dodgers to the victory.
Kershaw (2-2) held the Rockies to a pair of infield hits – including a bunt single by cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki – and picked off Eric Young after walking him with two out in the fifth. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out nine, walked three and fanned five-time All-Star Todd Helton his first three times up.
Last Tuesday, Kershaw retired only four of the 13 batters he faced, lasted just 1 1-3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was charged with seven runs during a nine-run second.
Russell Martin homered with two out in the eighth against Matt Daley and Jonathan Broxton allowed two hits in the ninth before picking up his third save in five attempts.
Ubaldo Jimenez (6-1) gave up one run and two hits in seven innings for Colorado.
Tulowitzki left in the bottom of the fifth with a right quad strain.
Reds 5, Cubs 3
CINCINNATI (AP) – Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to help Mike Leake and the Reds get the win.
Votto connected on Ryan Dempster’s first pitch after he was visited by manager Lou Piniella. The two-out drive was Votto’s seventh of the season and handed the decision to Leake (3-0), who didn’t allow a hit until the sixth and finished with seven solid innings.
Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 opportunities as the Reds capped a 4-2 homestand with their third win in four games.
Tyler Colvin hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give Chicago a 3-2 lead, but the Cubs still stumbled to their fourth loss in five games. Dempster (2-3) gave up five runs and six hits in seven innings.
Nationals 3, Marlins 2
WASHINGTON (AP) – Josh Willingham homered in the eighth inning, and Washington reliever Tyler Clippard earned his sixth win of the season.
Willingham hit a 1-1 changeup from Clay Hensley (1-1) into the left-field bullpen for his sixth homer, after Florida’s Jorge Cantu had tied it in the top half with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
Clippard (6-0) has two more relief victories than any Washington starter. He entered in the eighth inning and allowed only Cantu’s fly ball while escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Matt Capps got the final three outs for his major league-leading 13th save.
Hanley Ramirez homered for the Marlins, who have lost five of six.
Cardinals 11, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Yadier Molina drove in three runs and St. Louis twice batted around during big innings, handing the Pirates’ 12th loss of six runs or more in 31 games.
Adam Wainwright (5-1) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings – the 25th time in 26 starts dating to last season he’s lasted at least six and permitted three runs or fewer. He is 16-5 in his last 26 starts.
The Cardinals took advantage of three walks by Paul Maholm (2-3) while sending 10 batters to the plate during a four-run third inning. They put it away by sending 11 to the plate during a five-run sixth.
The Pirates are 10-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer – normally, a sign of a winning club – but they have been blown out in more than one-third of their games.
Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX (AP) – Chris Narveson gave up three hits pitching into the sixth inning and drove in a run, helping Milwaukee complete a three-game sweep.
The Brewers, who routed Arizona 17-3 on Saturday night, got homers from Prince Fielder, Casey McGehee and Gregg Zaun to win for the fifth time in six games and finish a 6-4 road trip.
Narveson (3-0), a left-hander making his third start since replacing Jeff Suppan in the rotation, allowed one run, struck out eight and walked two in 5 2-3 innings.
Ian Kennedy (2-2) pitched seven innings for Arizona, yielding two runs and six hits.
Astros 4, Padres 3, 11 innings
HOUSTON (AP) – Hunter Pence drove in Lance Berkman with a double in the 11th inning and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.
Pence and Carlos Lee hit back-to-back homers off Edward Mujica in the sixth and Pedro Feliz drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly off closer Heath Bell in the ninth.
Ryan Webb (0-1) relieved in the 10th, and Jeff Keppinger led off the 11th by beating out a bouncer that third baseman Chase Headley couldn’t handle. Berkman singled to left, but Keppinger was thrown out at third on Jason Michaels’ bunt. Pence then drove a 1-0 pitch to left-center to give Houston its second win in 13 games.
Brandon Lyon (2-1) pitched a perfect 11th for the victory.