Major Leagues: National League Roundup
Published 12:00 am Monday, July 13, 2009
DENVER ó All-Star Brad Hawpe hit a game-ending RBI double and Colorado rallied from four runs down in the last three innings.
Seth Smith set up Hawpe’s clutch hit with a one-out single off Luis Valdez (0-1), who was making his major league debut. After Garrett Atkins flied out, Hawpe lined a 1-1 pitch into right-center to score Smith from first and give the Rockies a split of the four-game series.
Hawpe, Smith and Troy Tulowitzki homered for Colorado, and Huston Street (3-1) worked a perfect ninth for the win.
Brooks Conrad hit a two-run homer and finished with three hits for Atlanta.
Dodgers 7, Brewers 4
MILWAUKEE ó All-Star Orlando Hudson homered twice, Clayton Kershaw won his fifth consecutive road start and the Los Angeles Dodgers capped the best first half in the majors with a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Manny Ramirez went 3 for 3 and scored twice to help the Dodgers finish a 6-3 road trip for their best start in 32 years at 56-32. Backup catcher Brad Ausmus also homered and James Loney drove in two runs with two singles.
Phillies 5, Pirates 2
PHILADELPHIA ó Pedro Feliz hit a first-inning grand slam, and J.A. Happ allowed one run over seven innings to help Philadelphia cap a 9-1 homestand.
The Phillies, who won their fifth straight, scored five times in the first off rookie Virgil Vazquez (1-3).
Happ (6-0) welcomed the support and handcuffed the Pirates most of the afternoon. The left-hander recorded his fifth straight strong outing, compiling a 2.00 ERA during that span. Ryan Madson tossed a scoreless eighth inning and J.C. Romero worked the ninth.
Diamondbacks 8, Marlins 1
PHOENIX ó All-Star Josh Johnson blanked Arizona through six innings and Cody Ross drove in three runs with a pair of doubles for Florida.
Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole and NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez singled three times as the Marlins entered the All-Star break two games above .500, four games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.
Johnson (8-2) allowed a run on seven hits ó all singles ó in 62/3 innings.
Astros 4, Nationals 0
HOUSTON ó Kaz Matsui hit a three-run homer and Brian Moehler won for the fourth time in five decisions.
Moehler (6-5) allowed seven hits in 61/3 innings. Closer Jose Valverde got the last four outs for his eighth save of the season and the 150th of his career.
Padres 10, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO ó Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eliezer Alfonzo hit three-run homers, Will Venable also homered and set a career-high with four hits, and San Diego snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak.
Cubs 7, Cards 3, 1st game;
Cards 4, Cubs 2, 2nd game
CHICAGO ó Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of two-run homers, Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings and St. Louis salvaged a split by beating Chicago in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Wainwright (10-5) improved to 3-0 against the Cubs this season, and Ryan Franklin earned his 21st save. Randy Wells (4-4) took the loss.
In the opener, Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano (5-4) homered for the third time this season and earned a win with six solid innings. Micah Hoffpauir hit a three-run homer for the Cubs.