NL roundup: Lidge blows second save in 24 hours
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brad Lidge gave up a tying home run to pinch-hitter Rafael Furcal with one out in the ninth inning for his second blown save in less than 24 hours, and Andre Ethier hit his second homer of the game with two out in the 12th to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Ethier, who had a game-ending two-run double off Lidge in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 4-3 win, sent a full-count offering from Chad Durbin (1-2) over the center-field fence to complete his fourth career multihomer game. In the fourth, he drove a 1-2 pitch into the right-field pavilion off Joe Blanton.
Cory Wade (1-3) pitched two perfect innings of relief for the Dodgers, whose bullpen leads the majors with 17 wins.
Brewers 3, Braves 0
ATLANTA (AP) – Prince Fielder’s third two-homer game of the season gave Milwaukee all the offense they needed for a win over the punchless Braves.
Jeff Suppan (4-4) gave up six hits in 5 1-3 innings as the Brewers took their second straight shutout win over Atlanta and extended the Braves’ streak of scoreless innings to 22. The Braves have lost three straight.
Atlanta’s Chipper Jones left the game in the fifth with dizziness.
Trevor Hoffman, Milwaukee’s fourth reliever, pitched the ninth for his 15th straight save.
Fielder gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead with his 14th homer, off Javier Vazquez (4-5) in the fifth.
Nationals 7, Mets 1
WASHINGTON (AP) – John Lannan threw his first career complete game to lead the Nationals over New York.
Lannan (3-5) allowed an unearned run and four hits, facing the minimum number of batters through the first seven innings. He was helped out by a franchise-record-tying five double plays – two 6-4-3s, two 4-6-3s and a head-shaking 9-3-6 that took a while to sort out.
Adam Dunn, Elijah Dukes and Nick Johnson homered for the Nationals, who had lost three straight and nine of 10.
Washington chased John Maine (5-4) before he could record an out in the fifth inning of a game that lasted just 2 hours.
Rockies 10, Cardinals 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Ian Stewart homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs, and Aaron Cook beat the Cardinals for the first time.
Stewart hit a three-run shot to right on a full count in the fourth and a two-run shot to left-center on a 2-0 pitch in the sixth, both off Todd Wellemeyer (5-6).
Cook (4-3) allowed a run on four hits in eight dominant innings, facing no batters with runners in scoring position.
Clint Barmes added a three-run homer in the ninth off Blake Hawksworth, making his major league debut. Pirates 6, Astros 4
HOUSTON (AP) – Paul Maholm pitched seven innings and drove in a run with an infield single, leading Pittsburgh over the Astros.
Jack Wilson doubled twice and drove in a run and Andrew McCutchen delivered a big two-run single for the Pirates, who snapped a five-game losing streak at Minute Maid Park. Adam LaRoche and Andy LaRoche each had two hits and an RBI.
Maholm (4-2) allowed four runs and eight hits to pick up his first win since April 22.
Matt Capps finished for his 13th save in 15 tries.
Roy Oswalt (2-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings for the Astros.
Marlins 5, Giants 4
MIAMI (AP) – Hanley Ramirez hit two of Florida’s five doubles, leading Andrew Miller and the Marlins over the Giants.
Down 5-2, the Giants loaded the bases in the ninth against closer Matt Lindstrom. Reliever Leo Nunez gave up Aaron Rowand’s two-run single before striking out Edgar Renteria to end it.
Miller (2-2) allowed one earned run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. He won for the first time in four starts and Nunez got his second save.
Jonathan Sanchez (2-5) was the loser.
Reds 4, Cubs 3, 11 innings
CINCINNATI (AP) – Jay Bruce scored from third base in the 11th inning when Mike Fontenot’s throw home was high, giving the Reds a win over the Cubs.
Sean Marshall (3-5) walked Bruce to lead off the 11th. Bruce went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Gonzalez’s sacrifice. After an intentional walk to Ryan Hanigan, pinch-hitter Adam Rosales hit a chopper to Fontenot, the third baseman. His throw to catcher Geovany Soto was high, allowing Bruce to score the winning run on the Rosales’ RBI fielder’s choice.
Fontenot’s throwing error in the first led to three unearned runs off Ryan Dempster.
Nick Masset (3-0) walked a batter in two innings for the win.
Matt Maloney, making his major league debut, pitched six solid innings for Cincinnati and singled in his first plate appearance.
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Tony Gwynn Jr. reached base a career-high five times and scored the go-ahead run in the six-run sixth inning to help the Padres snap a four-game losing streak.
Gwynn had a career-high three walks, a single, double and a stolen base.
Kevin Correia (2-4) rebounded from a shaky first inning to earn the win, holding Arizona to two runs and five hits in six innings. Heath Bell gave up one run on a walk, a wild pitch and two grounders in the ninth for his 16th.
Rookie Daniel Schlereth (0-2) faced four batters and failed to get an out, allowing four runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter.