Major Leagues: National League roundup
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The National League roundup …
ATLANTA ó Two milestone home runs ó Chipper Jones’ 450th and Derek Lowe’s first ó gave Atlanta the early lead and Lowe combined with three relievers on a three-hitter as the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 41st save, setting a major league rookie record.
Giants 4, Cubs 0
SAN FRANCISCO ó Madison Bumgarner matched his career high with 11 strikeouts.
Mets 3, Marlins 2
NEW YORK ó Lucas Duda hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Jason Bay had three hits, including the tying single, and David Wright hit two long doubles high off the wall in left field for the Mets, who have won five of six. The third baseman also made a diving stop on Omar Infante’s hot grounder for the second out of the ninth before Bobby Parnell got his third save in five chances.
Dodgers 4, Padres 2
LOS ANGELES ó Matt Kemp got his career-high 102nd RBI and Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep.
Phillies 3, Reds 0
CINCINNATI ó Hunter Pence homered for the second straight game, and Cliff Lee got his sixth straight win for Philadelphia.
The NL East leaders are a season-best 40 games over .500, boasting the majors’ best record at 86-46.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE ó Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook hit a grand slam for his first major league home run to lead St. Louis.
Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols added solo homers as the Cardinals won their fifth in six games to cut the first-place Brewers’ lead to 81/2 games in the NL Central.
Astros 2, Pirates 0
HOUSTON ó J.A. Happ allowed three hits and struck out six over seven innings and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.