NL CapsulesBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Aug. 29, 2013 12:43 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after four innings following a pair of early episodes, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Wednesday.
Puig didn't slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning, then slammed his bat after striking out in the third. The Cuban newcomer is hitting .346.
Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the game.
Ricky Nolasco (11-9) pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start in August.
Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier homered as the first-place Dodgers earned their 21st victory in August, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month.
Edwin Jackson (7-14) took the loss.
PIRATES 7, BREWERS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer and the Pirates beat Milwaukee.
Byrd, acquired along with catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hit his 22nd homer of the season into the bushes in center field in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak.
Charlie Morton (6-3) scattered five hits over 6 2-3 innings. Tom Gorzelanny (3-6) yielded four runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.
REDS 10, CARDINALS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jay Bruce homered and drove in five runs as Cincinnati tagged Adam Wainwright, leading Homer Bailey and the Reds over St. Louis to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Reds came out swinging against the NL Central leaders a few hours after Brandon Phillips' expletive-filled tirade at a newspaper reporter who commented on the star's sagging on-base percentage.
Bailey (9-10) capped a six-run first against Wainwright (15-8) with the Reds' sixth hit and his first RBI of the season. Bailey gave up five hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out seven in his fourth straight win.
Wainwright matched a career worst by giving up nine runs and lasted two innings for his shortest outing of the year.
Phillips singled and scored in his first two at-bats.
BRAVES 3, INDIANS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Johnson singled to left with two outs in the ninth inning for his first career walk-off hit and the Atlanta Braves won again at home, beating Cleveland.
Jordan Schafer drove in Atlanta's first two runs, then scored the winner after reaching on an infield single and stealing his second base of the night. Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked before Johnson lined a 2-2 pitch to left off Joe Smith (5-2).
The Braves improved to 46-18 at Turner Field, the best home record in the majors.
Mike Aviles homered and drove in both Cleveland runs.
Craig Kimbrel (3-2) earned the win with a perfect ninth.
PHILLIES 6, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and handed himself some much-needed run support, sending the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets.
Carlos Ruiz homered and the Phillies overcame a couple of mental mistakes by shortstop Jimmy Rollins to win for only the third time in 17 road games. Hamels hit a two-run single to help Philadelphia improve to 8-5 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2) labored through 4 1-3 innings on Japanese Heritage Night in his second start for the new-look Mets, who have dropped six of seven.
Hindered by the fifth-worst run support in the majors this season, Hamels (6-13) worked around nine hits and improved to 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in six August starts.
NATIONALS 4, MARLINS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Washington Nationals kept pace on the fringes of the playoff race with a rain-delayed win over Miami.
Desmond also scored a run and stole a base, and Jayson Werth homered for the Nationals, who have won seven of eight.
Drew Storen (4-2), the fourth of six Nationals pitchers, worked out of a seventh-inning jam and got the win on a night when starter Stephen Strasburg was done after two innings because of a 72-minute rain delay. Strasburg had promising stuff: He got his six outs on 22 pitches with no hits allowed.
Tyler Clippard worked the eighth, and Rafael Soriano the ninth for his 35th save.
Mike Dunn (3-4) took the loss.
ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 4
DENVER (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin did not allow a hit for 6 2-3 innings and hustled for a crucial RBI to help the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco.
Chacin (13-7) tied a season high with nine strikeouts. Brandon Crawford's single to center field was the only hit Chacin allowed in seven innings. He also yielded an unearned run.
Madison Bumgarner (11-9) left in the sixth.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Will Venable homered and drove in three runs, Robbie Erlin pitched six effective innings in his return to the majors and the San Diego Padres avoided a three-game sweep with a win over Arizona.
Venable drove in the first of the Padres' two runs off Wade Miley (9-9) in the first inning and gave them a cushion with a two-run homer in the eighth. He's hitting .390 with eight homers in August and has an eight-game hitting streak.
Jesus Guzman also homered and had two RBIs for the Padres. Erlin (2-2) was sharp after being called up from Triple-A Tucson, holding the Diamondbacks to a run and six hits.