Major Leagues: National League Roundup
Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 4, 2011
The National League roundup …
NEW YORK ó Dillon Gee outpitched Jair Jurrjens (7-2) to remain unbeaten this season and Jose Reyes hit a bases-loaded triple, leading the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Saturday night.
Pinch-hitter Jason Pridie snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and the Mets took advantage of an error by shortstop Alex Gonzalez to score five times in the inning.
New York’s struggling bullpen finally preserved a lead, too, with Pedro Beato and Tim Byrdak combining for two perfect innings to close it out.
The Mets set an unwanted major league record Friday night: Their last six home losses have all come in games in which they led in the seventh inning. The bullpen had a 10.57 ERA over the previous 12 games.
Gee (6-0) won his fourth straight start, needing only 85 pitches to get through seven innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. The cool-as-a-cucumber rookie allowed four hits and walked two while finishing with a pair of strikeouts.
He had to be sharp in his matchup with Jurrjens, the National League pitcher of the month for May. The two pitchers came in with the top winning percentages in the league.
New York has won all eight of Gee’s starts this season, making him the only pitcher who has made at least five starts without his team losing any of them.
Dodgers 11, Reds 8
CINCINNATI (AP) ó Matt Kemp hit a tying grand slam in the eighth inning for his second homer of the game and Jamey Carroll singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers pulled off their biggest comeback of the season and improved to 5-0 in extra innings.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 4, 12 innings
ST. LOUIS ó Albert Pujols hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 12th inning to give the Cardinals a victory.
Pujols had his ninth game-ending homer of his career and first since Aug. 16, 2009, against the Padres on a 2-1 pitch from Jeff Samardzija (3-2).
Rockies 2, Giants 1
SAN FRANCISCO ó Troy Tulowitzki had three hits and drove in a run, Jhoulys Chacin pitched six effective innings and Colorado beat the Giants.
Brewers 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI ó Prince Fielder hit his 13th homer and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Milwaukee’s two-run seventh inning, helping the Brewers beat Florida.
Yovani Gallardo (8-2) pitched six effective innings to win his sixth consecutive start and Milwaukee posted back-to-back wins in South Florida for the first time since April 10-11, 2007.
Pirates 6, Phillies 3
PITTSBURGH ó Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings and the Pirates sent Philadelphia to its fourth consecutive loss.
Diamondbacks 2, Nationals 0
PHOENIX ó Joe Saunders escaped two early jams to go seven innings in a combined four-hitter, helping Arizona shut out Washington.