Majors: National League roundup
The National League roundup …
ST. LOUIS (AP) ó Bud Norris pitched seven sharp innings in his first major league start, leading the Houston Astros to a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Norris was working on a no-hitter before pitcher Adam Wainwright led off the sixth with a single to center. Norris (1-0) gave up just two hits, walked four and struck out five while subbing for Roy Oswalt, who missed his turn with lower back discomfort.
Wainwright (12-7) allowed two runs over seven innings for the Cardinals, who won the first two games of the weekend series. Wainwright was trying to become the majors’ second, joining Boston’s Josh Beckett.
Rockies 6, Reds 4, 11 inningsCINCINNATI (AP) ó Dexter Fowler’s two-out RBI triple in the 11th inning helped Colorado beat the Reds and complete a three-game sweep.
Garrett Atkins added a pinch-hit infield single to help Colorado earn its first win in five extra-inning games this season, all on the road.
The Rockies extended their winning streak to four games, their longest since winning four straight from July 6 through July 9, and sent the Reds to their sixth consecutive loss and 12th in their last 13 games.
Chris Iannetta led off the 11th against Nick Masset (4-1) with a single through the hole into left field and reached second on a wild pitch. Two outs later, Fowler lined his triple to deep left-center field.
Nationals 5, Pirates 3PITTSBURGH (AP) ó Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run seventh inning and the Nationals rallied for a win over the Pirates.
Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and two runs, Alberto Gonzalez had two RBIs and Mike MacDougal earned his seventh save in eight opportunities for the Nationals, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Ronny Cedeno and Delwyn Young homered to provide the offense for Pittsburgh, which has lost six of eight.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 2NEW YORK (AP) ó Jon Garland pitched his first complete game in more than a year and Chad Tracy hit a two-run double, leading the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Mets.
Miguel Montero had three hits and Gerardo Parra drove in two runs to back Garland, who is 2-8 in his last 14 outings even though he’s compiled seven straight quality starts.
Making his 300th major league appearance, Garland (6-10) gave up seven hits in his 10th career complete game and first since July 6, 2008, with the Los Angeles Angels against Toronto.
The right-hander struck out two and walked none. He threw 76 of 106 pitches for strikes.
New York starter Mike Pelfrey (8-7) lasted only five innings. He sported a patchy beard ó several Mets have vowed not to shave until the team gets back to .500.
Giants 7, Phillies 3SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ó Freddy Sanchez had two hits and two RBIs in his first game with San Francisco, Barry Zito made his third straight strong start and the Giants beat the Phillies.
Sanchez, who was acquired from Pittsburgh two days before the trade deadline last week, singled in his first at-bat then added a two-run double in the sixth when San Francisco scored three times to break the game open.
Aaron Rowand and Eugenio Velez added two hits apiece for the Giants, who won three of four against the defending World Series champs.
Jimmy Rollins homered for the Phillies, who still own the second-best record in the National League despite going 6-5 over their last 11 games.
Brewers 6, Padres 1SAN DIEGO (AP) ó Felipe Lopez hit a three-run double that highlighted a five-run seventh inning, lifting the Brewers over the Padres.
Craig Counsell and Frank Catalanotto also drove in runs in the seventh, breaking a 1-all tie against four San Diego pitchers and snapping the Padres’ five-game winning streak. Milwaukee won for just the fourth time in 11 games.
Mitch Stetter (3-1) got the final two outs of the sixth and earned the win, combining with four pitchers to allow just five hits against a San Diego lineup that had at least 10 in five straight games.
Trevor Hoffman, who pitched 16 seasons for the Padres, worked the ninth inning and received a standing ovation from the few remaining fans.
Marlins 3, Cubs 2MIAMI (AP) ó Cody Ross hit his second home run of the game in the ninth inning, giving the Marlins a dramatic win over the Cubs.
Down 2-1 entering the ninth against former Florida closer Kevin Gregg, Dan Uggla tied it with his 19th homer. One pitch later, Ross followed suit, getting his 17th of the year and moving the Marlins within five games of Philadelphia for the NL East lead.
Gregg (4-3) blew a save opportunity for the second straight day and fifth time in 26 chances this season. Brendan Donnelly (2-0) allowed his first run in 11 innings as a Marlin ó a home run to Jake Fox leading off the ninth ó and got the win anyway.