Majors: National League roundup
Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 26, 2008
The National League roundup …
PHILADELPHIA ó Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs delivered a three-run homer in a seven-run fifth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Atlanta Braves 10-9 Saturday to spoil Mike Hampton’s return to the major leagues.
Making his first appearance since Aug. 19, 2005, Hampton gave up six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings and couldn’t protect a 9-3 lead. The two-time All-Star overcame two major operations on his left elbow and an assortment of other injuries to finally make it back.
Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer during Atlanta’s nine-run fourth inning, but the Braves lost their 25th straight one-run game on the road.
Adam Eaton (4-8) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win in his third career relief appearance.
Brewers 6, Astros 4
MILWAUKEE ó Ryan Braun homered and drove in four runs, Bill Hall hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and Milwaukee grabbed a share of the NL Central lead with a victory over Houston.
Milwaukee has won nine of 10 to move into a tie with the Chicago Cubs, who lost 3-2 to the Florida Marlins in 12 innings.
Eric Gagne (4-2) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win, and Salomon Torres got three outs for his 20th save in 24 chances.
Marlins 3, Cubs 2, 12 innings
CHICAGO ó Jeremy Hermida hit two homers and scored the decisive run on Jorge Cantu’s 12th-inning double to lead Florida over Chicago despite 20 strikeouts by Cubs pitchers.
Rich Harden struck out 10 for the third time in three starts with Chicago.
Hermida, who had three hits and two RBIs, has five homers in eight games.
Rockies 5, Reds 1
CINCINNATIó Colorado piled up 15 hits in less than five innings off Homer Bailey, another offensive splurge that sent Jorge De La Rosa and Colorado to a victory over Cincinnati.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 607th career homer off De La Rosa (5-5), who gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings of a breakthrough win. The left-hander hadn’t won a game on the road all season.
Every Rockies starter had at least one hit off the right-handed Bailey (0-4), who left after De La Rosa singled home a pair of runs with two outs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Padres 9, Pirates 6
PITTSBURGH ó Adrian Gonzalez hit two of San Diego’s four home runs while driving in four runs in a victory over the Pirates.
Josh Banks (3-4) won for the first time in seven starts since June 19 despite giving up five runs and six hits. Trevor Hoffman recorded the final out for his 20th save.
Cardinals 10, Mets 8
NEW YORK ó Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning for his fifth hit of the night, Skip Schumaker did him one better with a career-best six hits and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 10-8 Saturday to snap a season-worst five-game losing streak.
Diamondbacks 5, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO ó Brandon Webb struck out eight to pass 1,000 for his career and outpitched Tim Lincecum in a matchup of All-Star right-handers, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory.