The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"It was a pretty thick wall of bees and I really didn't want a piece of it."
-- Padres left fielder Kyle Blanks, who is allergic bees and was near the epicenter of Thursday's swarm
Some unexpected visitors delayed the game in the ninth inning as a swarm of bees descended upon Petco Park. A nearly hour-long delay resulted as fans were removed from sections of the stadium and players were taken off the field while beekeepers were brought in to remove the bees. The swarm had gathered first near the warning track and then along the third-base line near the ball girl. As far as game action, Houston's Wandy Rodriguez picked up his seventh win of the year, allowing just one run over seven innings. Astros third baseman Geoff Blum (not exactly a member of the Killer B's) powered the offense, driving in four runs while going 2 for 4 with a three-run homer. Despite the loss, the Padres did manage to enter the history books. For the second time this season, San Diego started an outfield consisting of Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Will Venable. This then made it the second time since 1969 that an entire starting outfield was comprised entirely of sons of former players.
The Mets rallied back from down five runs to stun the Pirates on Thursday afternoon thanks to Ryan Church's single that scored Fernando Tatis from second in the top of the tenth inning. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings while knocking out New York starter Tim Redding after just 2 1/3 innings. Undaunted, the Mets took the lead by scoring in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Pirates got one back in the seventh and then tied the game in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a two-run homer by Adam LaRoche that forced extra innings.
Joey Votto went 4 for 6 for the Reds and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Scott Dickerson from third. Votto's hit came with two outs and the bases loaded against well-groomed Diamondbacks reliever Clay Zavada. Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero worked himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the inning and managed to pick up the win.
Derrek Lee cranked out a career-high seven RBI thanks to a grand slam and a three-run homer to power the Cubs past the Brewers. Chicago throttled Milwaukee starter Seth McClung, hanging seven runs on him in just 3 1/3 innings. McClung gave up three home runs: Lee's three-run shot in the first as well as solo homers from Jake Fox and Geovany Soto. Ryan Dempster benefited from the onslaught, picking up his first win since May 30. The loss pulled Milwaukee back into a tie for first place in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals while the Cubs lurk at 2 ½ games back.
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