National League Game Capsules

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Cubs starter Ryan Dempster finally got some run support, but coupled by his worst outing of the season, the beleaguered starter remains winless on the year. Chicago, however, was still able to gut out its third consecutive win for the first time all season. Darwin Barney smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Cubs over the San Diego Padres, 8-6, in the finale of a three-game set. Barney finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored for Chicago, which plated all eight of its runs with two outs and rallied from a three-run fifth- inning deficit. Ryan Dempster surrendered a season-high six runs on six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 frames. Carlos Quentin clubbed a pair of two-run homers for the Padres, who have lost six straight and nine of their last 10.

Final Score: Kansas City 1, Atlanta 0

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Behind seven strong innings from starter Wade Davis, the Kansas City Royals ended the Atlanta Braves' 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory at Turner Field. Davis (2-0) scattered five hits and struck out seven to help the Royals split this two-game Interleague set. Former Brave and Atlanta native Jeff Francoeur drove in the lone run in the fourth inning against Mike Minor (2-1). Minor allowed five hits and fanned five over six strong frames. The Braves have been shut out in both of their losses this season. The Phillies blanked them, 2-0, on April 4.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 0

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - There was a loud gasp at PNC Park when Carlos Beltran belted a ball earmarked for the right-center field gap with two outs in the seventh inning. Just like that, A.J. Burnett's push for the second no-hitter of his career was dashed. Instead, he settled for another close call. Burnett tossed seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a rain- shortened two-game set. Beltran's double in the seventh came on Burnett's 96th pitch of the game. Burnett's only other blemish was a hit batsman. He struck out eight. Burnett (1-2), who tallied his 2,000th career strikeout, fired his first no- hitter nearly 12 years ago. While with the Florida Marlins, he recorded a wild nine-walk no-no against the San Diego Padres on May 12, 2001.

Final Score: Washington 6, Miami 1

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki homered, tripled and drove in two runs and a healthy Bryce Harper went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored as the Washington Nationals downed the Miami Marlins, 6-1, in the rubber match of a three-game installment. Ross Detwiler (1-0) picked up his first win of the season and gave up one run on seven hits and struck out five over seven innings for the Nationals, who have won two of three. The lefty pitcher yielded just 10 hits and one earned run over 13 innings in his previous two starts but failed to earn a decision in both appearances. Harper missed Tuesday's 8-2 loss due to flu-like symptoms. Miami scored its lone run in the fifth with Donovan Solano's RBI single. Starter Ricky Nolasco (0-2), who picked up the loss in a 2-0 defeat versus the Nationals on Opening Day, lasted six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out six in defeat. The Marlins have lost nine of their last 11 games.

New York at Colorado, postponed

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Wednesday's game between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies from Coors Field has been postponed due to a snowstorm that has hit the Denver area. A makeup date has yet to be announced. Heavy snow also forced the postponement of Monday's opener of the scheduled four-game series, forcing the clubs to play a doubleheader on Tuesday that the Rockies swept. Weather permitting, the teams will wrap up the abbreviated set Thursday at 3:10 p.m. (ET).

Final Score: Milwaukee 4, San Francisco 3

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Blake Lalli's pinch-hit, game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants in the middle test of a three-game set. Santiago Casilla (1-1) served up a single to Jonathan Lucroy to start the frame, but Alex Gonzalez was unable to move pinch-runner Josh Prince to second when he popped up a bunt to Brandon Belt in foul territory. Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single and both runners advanced a base on Brandon Crawford's throwing error. Yuniesky Betancourt was intentionally walked to load the bases before Lalli ended it with a long single over the head of Gregor Blanco in left.

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