NL Roundup: Braves win on Freeman’s single
The National League Roundup …
ATLANTA ó Freddie Freeman capped a three-run rally against San Francisco closer Brian Wilson in the ninth with a two-run single to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Wilson (6-4) couldnít hold a 4-2 lead. He gave up three hits and two walks in the ninth for his fifth blown save in 40 chances.
Nate Schierholtz snapped a 2-2 tie with his homer to right in the sixth. Mike Fontenot, in the game when Pablo Sandoval left with a foot injury in the first inning, added an eighth-inning homer off Tim Hudson.
The Braves rallied in the Giantsí first return to Atlanta since beating Atlanta in the 2010 NL division series.
The Braves stretched their lead to five games over San Francisco in the NL wild-card race. The Giants began the night two games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West.
Pirates 6, Cardinals 2
PITTSBURGH ó Ryan Doumit went 4 for 4 and hit a tiebreaking three-run home run to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Doumitís homer in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook (9-7) snapped a 1-1 tie and helped Pittsburgh break its three-game losing streak. The switch-hitting catcher matched a career high with his sixth four-hit game.
St. Louis, which had won three of its last four, fell 51/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Brewers 3, Dodgers 0
MILWAUKEE ó Randy Wolf tossed eight effective innings and the Milwaukee Brewers turned a triple play as part of a superb defensive effort in a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart homered for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who have won 17 of 19 and have a six-game lead over second-place St. Louis after the Cardinals lost 6-2 at Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee converted four double plays and threw out two runners at home, including one on the triple play.
In the second, James Loney hit a grounder that second baseman Josh Wilson grabbed up the middle, flipping the ball out of his glove to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt threw to Prince Fielder at first and Fielder fired home, where George Kottaras tagged out Matt Kemp.