National League roundup
Reds 5, Padres 4
CINCINNATI (AP) – Ramon Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to end the San Diego Padres’ eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
Francisco Cordero got former Reds utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. to fly out to center with runners on first and third to end the game for his seventh save.
Jay Bruce had three hits and Scott Rolen hit his fifth homer for Cincinnati, which managed only four runs in the first two games of the series.
Arthur Rhodes (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run drive for San Diego and has homered in four consecutive games.
Mike Adams (0-1) got the loss.
Cardinals 2, Giants 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Brad Penny, Jason Motte and Ryan Franklin combined for a nine-hitter and Albert Pujols hit his team-leading seventh homer, helping St. Louis avoid a series sweep.
Penny (3-0) gave up eight hits over 7 2-3 innings while outpitching former teammate Matt Cain. Penny, who played for San Francisco in 2009, didn’t allow a runner past second base while lowering his ERA to 0.94.
Pablo Sandoval and Andres Torres had three hits apiece for the Giants, who were shut out for the second time in five games.
Pujols hit a hanging slider from Cain (0-1) into the left-field stands in the first inning.
Nationals 1, Dodgers 0
WASHINGTON (AP) – Scott Olsen pitched seven strong innings for his first victory since having shoulder surgery in July, leading Washington to the victory.
Chad Billingsley (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings for Los Angeles.
Adam Dunn drove in the only run of the game with a groundout in the first.
Olsen (1-1) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out eight in his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on April 15.
Tyler Clippard worked the eighth and Matt Capps finished the seven-hitter for his major league-leading eighth save.
Cubs 12, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Derrek Lee hit a towering 445-foot homer and Ryan Theriot had five hits to help the Cubs complete the three-game sweep.
Randy Wells (2-0) continued Chicago’s string of strong starting pitching performances, allowing two runs in seven innings.
Kosuke Fukudome, Tyler Colvin and Geovany Soto also homered for the Cubs, who scored nine times in the first four innings and finished with 18 hits. Theriot went 5 of 6 with three RBIs and is 14 of 25 in his last five games.
Dave Bush (1-1) lasted just 3 2-3 innings for Milwaukee. He was charged with nine runs, seven earned, and 10 hits.
Rockies 8, Marlins 4
DENVER (AP) – Seth Smith homered twice and the Colorado beat Florida after attending an emotional Coors Field memorial service for team president Keli McGregor.
Several thousand people attended the pregame ballpark services for McGregor, 48, who passed away unexpectedly last week. He was found unconscious in a hotel room on Tuesday and later pronounced dead.
Jorge De La Rosa (3-1) pitched five solid innings and Miguel Olivo also homered for the Rockies.
Chris Volstad (1-2) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for Florida.
Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 6
PHOENIX (AP) – Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning and finished with three hits, including a three-run homer, to lead Arizona.
Reynolds had a season-high four RBIs and Chris Young added three hits, including two doubles, for Arizona. The Diamondbacks tied a season high with 15 hits, which also was the most allowed by the Phillies this year.
Leo Rosales (2-0) earned the win. Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Reynolds’ clutch hit came off of David Herndon (0-1) and gave Arizona the series win after losing three straight sets.
Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer and Carlos Ruiz drove in two runs for the Phillies.
Astros 10, Pirates 3
HOUSTON (AP) – Lance Berkman hit his first home run, Carlos Lee and Pedro Feliz drove in two runs apiece and Houston completed a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.
Brett Myers (1-1) allowed 11 singles and struck out six in six innings and Michael Bourn tied a single-game career high with three steals. The Astros have won eight of 10 games after an 0-8 start.
Charlie Morton (0-4) gave up five runs and five hits in three innings for the Pirates, who’ve lost six in a row. Morton has allowed 24 earned runs in 13 1-3 innings this season.
Mets 1, Braves 0, 6 innings, rain
NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Pelfrey pitched out of constant trouble to extend his scoreless streak to 24 innings and the Mets finished a three-game sweep of the slumping Braves in a game cut short by rain.
A throwing error by third baseman Chipper Jones allowed Jose Reyes to score in the first inning. Play was stopped after one pitch in the sixth when rain intensified, and the game was called following a 98-minute delay.
Tommy Hanson (1-2) did not give up an earned run as Atlanta lost its fifth straight. The Braves have been outscored 19-6 during their skid.
They squandered several early scoring chances against Pelfrey (4-0), lifted after throwing 106 pitches through five innings.