Major Leagues: National League roundup
Published 12:00 am Friday, August 26, 2011
The National League roundup …
NEW YORK ó Chris Capuano pitched the game of his life, tossing a two-hitter and striking out a career-high 13 as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 Friday night in their final matchup before taking a break because of Hurricane Irene.
New flood gates were put in place outside Citi Field as a precaution, but Major League Baseball took no chances. The Braves-Mets games today and Sunday were postponed.
The shutdown comes right after the Mets, at last, won the opener of a homestand. They had been 0-10 in those games this year, a big league record for the start of a season.
Marlins 6, Phillies 5
PHILADELPHIA ó John Buck hit a grand slam and Greg Dobbs had four hits, including two doubles, to lift the struggling Marlins to a win over the Phillies.
Clay Hensley (2-5) allowed three runs on three hits in 5 2-3 innings to help Florida win for just the fourth time in 21 games and snap a five-game losing streak in Philadelphia.
Roy Oswalt (6-8) matched his career high by allowing 12 hits in one of his worst outings of the season. He gave up six runs ó five earned ó while striking out two in 5 2-3 innings.
Reds 4, Nationals 3
CINCINNATI ó Miguel Cairo singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, sending the Reds to a victory over the Nationals in a game delayed because some of the lights went out.
Cairo’s single to the gap in left-center was the third straight hit off Colin Balester (1-2).
Cardinals 5, Pirates 4
ST. LOUIS ó Lance Berkman hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Cardinals overcame a pair of deficits to beat the Pirates.
All of the Cardinals’ runs came via the long ball, with Yadier Molina hitting a three-run homer in the second off James McDonald. Matt Holliday walked with one out in the eighth against Jose Veras (2-4) before Berkman hit his 30th homer.
Brewers 5, Cubs 2
MILWAUKEE ó Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead double in the fifth and scored on the play when Darwin Barney made his second error of the inning, rallying the Brewers to a victory over the Cubs for their 25th win in the last 30 games.