The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"I wanted Prado to beat me, not Chipper. Turned out he did."
-- Pirates pitcher Zach Duke on the three-run homer he gave up to the Braves' Martin Prado.
The Braves exacted a measure of revenge Sunday as Atlanta pummeled Pittsburgh one day after catching a 10-run beating at the hands of the Pirates. The win kept Atlanta from absorbing a second straight sweep and was the team's first victory since last Sunday. Martin Prado, Jeff Francoeur and David Ross each drove in three runs against a Pirates pitching staff that is ranked fifth in the majors in ERA.
The Nationals bullpen implodes for the third straight game, coughing up four runs in the ninth inning to hand the Marlins a three-game sweep. Daniel Cabrera gave up just two runs over a serviceable five innings. Washington blew two saves as the team lost the lead in the top of the eighth, regained it in the bottom and then lost it for good in the top of the ninth inning. A seething Manny Acta vowed a new and possibly improved bullpen for Monday's series opener against Atlanta and the team quickly complied, sending down three of the team's seven relievers while turning over nearly a fifth of its roster.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Postponed due to rain.
The Phillies scores three runs in the final two innings to rally past the Padres. Philadelphia scored all five of its runs via three home runs but outfielder Raul Ibanez got to be the hero, blasting a two-run, walk-off homer as the Phillies end a three-game skid.
Pitcher Micah Owings was brought in to pinch-hit in the seventh inning and delivered a two-run double, part of a game changing three-run seventh inning for the Reds. Owings, who is slated to start Tuesday in Chicago, won the 2007 Silver Slugger award for pitchers and is now 2 for 3 as a pinch hitter this season for Cincinnati.
Randy Johnson carries a no-hitter into the seventh inning and collects his 296th career win. Johnson settled for a one-hitter, pitching seven innings while striking out seven. Sunday's game marked the first time Johnson had faced his former team of eight seasons. Johnson left Arizona in 2004 following a year in which he threw baseball's most recent perfect game. The win sealed San Francisco's second series victory of the season.
Matt Kemp drove in five runs (thanks to a grand slam and a solo home run) and Orlando Hudson and Andre Ethier chipped in three RBI as the Dodgers rout the Rockies. Los Angeles' win is its eight straight and sixth in a row at home this season, the Dodgers hadn't started a season 6-0 at home since 1947 when the then Brooklyn Dodgers rattled off eight straight. The Dodgers look to carry this momentum with them as they embark on a nine-day road trip that begins Tuesday in Houston.
Jeff Suppan spreads out eight hits over six innings and reliever Todd Coffey collects a rare eight-out save as the Brewers avoid a three-game sweep at Citi Field. The save was Coffey's first since 2006 when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. Since joining the Brewers last September, Coffey has not allowed a run. New York certainly had its opportunities Sunday afternoon but managed to go just 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
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