Major Leagues: National League Roundup
The National League Roundup …
CINCINNATI ó Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 599th career homer Saturday, leaving him one shy of a seldom-reached mark, and Jay Bruce extended his amazing weeklong debut with a 10th-inning homer that lifted the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Bruce’s first big league homer off Manny Acosta (3-2) dealt another crushing road defeat to the Braves, who couldn’t hold a one-run lead heading into the ninth.
Griffey was on deck when Bruce connected for the game-winning solo shot. The 21-year-old rookie rounded the bases, flipped his helmet into the air halfway to home, then got pummeled by teammates when he hopped on the plate.
The Reds’ top prospect is 11-for-19 in his first five games in the majors, providing one big hit after another. He has a pair of three-hit games and a four-hit game.
Diamondbacks 4, Nationals 0
PHOENIX ó Brandon Webb threw his eighth career shutout, Mark Reynolds homered twice and Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak.
Webb (10-2) scattered six singles in his second complete game of the year and 14th of his career. He struck out eight and hit two.
Marlins 7, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA ó Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and Florida roughed up Cole Hamels in a victory that ended Philadelphia’s five-game winning streak.
Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 19th homer for Philadelphia. Utley also leads the NL with 49 RBIs.
Mets 3, Dodgers 2
NEW YORK ó Carlos Beltran hit a tying homer and Fernando Tatis singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the New York Mets.
Cubs 5, Rockies 4
CHICAGO ó Alfonso Soriano homered and drove in three runs to help Chicago earn its sixth straight win.
The NL Central-leading Cubs improved to 25-8 at Wrigley Field this season and handed the Rockies their sixth straight loss.
Pirates 14, Cardinals 4
ST. LOUIS ó Luis Rivas hit his first career grand slam and Xavier Nady and Ronny Paulino drove in three runs apiece for Pittsburgh.
Brewers 4, Astros 1
MILWAUKEE ó Ben Sheets got within one out of pitching his third complete game of the season, and Prince Fielder and Russell Branyan homered for Milwaukee.
Padres 5, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO ó Josh Banks pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game and sent the Padres to their fifth win in six games.
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