National League Game Capsules

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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Mike Minor led the way with his arm and his bat for the Atlanta Braves in their 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the third tilt of a four-game series. Minor (9-4) appeared to be in trouble early in the game when he gave up two runs in the second inning. He conceded only one hit after those two runs in seven innings of work. Minor struck out seven, while walking just one batter. The left-hander also went 1-for-2 with a double that knocked in two runs during the bottom of the fifth inning. Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (5-8) struck out seven over six innings of work, but gave up four runs on 10 hits and a walk to absorb the loss. Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run for the Reds, who have lost five of their last seven games. Choo's single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 26th save of the season.

Final Score: Chicago White Sox 5, Philadelphia 4 (11 innings, Game 1)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Alexei Ramirez ripped a go-ahead double in the top of the 11th inning to help the Chicago White Sox earn a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. After the Phillies left runners on second and third in the ninth and 10th innings, Alejandro De Aza kept the top of the 11th alive with a two-out triple into the gap in left-center field. Ramirez then doubled to right-center off J.C. Ramirez (0-1) to score De Aza for a 4-3 advantage. Alex Rios followed with a grounder to shortstop that should have ended the inning, but Jimmy Rollins booted the ball, allowing Ramirez to score from second for a two-run cushion. Ramon Troncoso (1-2) was awarded the victory after pitching out of trouble in the 10th, while Addison Reed nailed down his 24th save of the season, despite giving up a run in the bottom of the 11th. Ramirez registered four hits and De Aza finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI for the White Sox, who have won three of their last four games. Darin Ruf's solo homer in the seventh tied the game at 3-3, but the Phillies, who finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, were unable to cash in late as they fell for second time in their last three games.

Final Score: Miami 2, Washington 1 (10 innings)

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ed Lucas beat out a double-play ball to score Adeiny Hechavarria from third in the bottom of the 10th to cap a Miami Marlins' 2-1 comeback victory against the Washington Nationals. Steve Cishek (3-4) was credited with the win for the Marlins. The right-hander pitched his way out of the 10th inning after allowing base runners on second and third with one out. The Marlins loaded the bases on Craig Stammen (4-4) before Lucas' game-winning RBI. Chad Tracy's throwing error put Hechavarria on second base before Stammen walked two batters to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run to left field off closer Rafael Soriano in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at one a piece. It was Soriano's first blown save since May 21st against the San Francisco Giants. Dan Haren pitched six strong shutout innings in his best outing of the season. The right-hander lost seven consecutive decisions in his last nine starts before facing Miami. He surrendered three hits with one walk, while striking out seven batters in a no-decision. Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-5 at the plate for the Nationals, who only have one victory six games into this seven-game road trip. All-Star Jose Fernandez started the game for the Marlins. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The only run he allowed in six innings of work came in the top of the fourth inning when a Jayson Werth sac fly scored Bryce Harper.

Final Score: Chicago 6, St. Louis 4

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Luis Valbuena and Alfonso Soriano homered as the Chicago Cubs held off the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-4, in the third contest of a four-game series. Starlin Castro and Dave Sappelt added an RBI apiece for the Cubs, who went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Chicago starter Matt Garza (6-1) allowed two runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his fifth consecutive victory. Jon Jay went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals, who went 3-for-11 with RISP. Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig and Tony Cruz each knocked in a run. Lance Lynn (11-4) got the start for St. Louis and gave up six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Colorado 0

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Zack Greinke's first complete game as a Dodger was an absolute gem, a two-hitter that enabled Los Angeles to squeak out a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies in a tight pitcher's duel. Greinke (8-2) retired the first 13 Colorado hitters and walked just one while racking up a season-best nine strikeouts in easily the offseason free-agent acquisition's most dominant start in Dodger Blue. Los Angeles needed the high- priced right-hander to be at his best as well, with Colorado's Tyler Chatwood (5-3) limiting the Dodgers to only four hits and a pair of walks in the youngster's first career complete game. Chatwood's only blemish in the hard- luck defeat came in the bottom of the opening inning, when Skip Schumaker laced his first pitch of the afternoon into the left-field corner for a double and later scored the contest's lone run on a Hanley Ramirez groundout. Colorado got the tying run to second with none out in the top of the eighth, but Greinke set down the next three hitters before finishing off his 110-pitch masterpiece with a 1-2-3 ninth that gave the resurgent Dodgers their sixth win in seven games.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, New York 2

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen delivered a game-tying home run in the sixth, then knocked in the go-ahead score an inning later to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the New York Mets, 4-2, on Saturday. Pittsburgh has taken the first two tilts of this three-game set, both by breaking through against New York's bullpen. Greg Burke (0-2) issued a pair of singles in the seventh before McCutchen's base hit broke a 2-2 tie. Russell Martin later drew a walk with the bases loaded to cap the frame. Three Pirate relievers combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, with Justin Wilson (6-1) picking up the victory after taking over for starter A.J. Burnett, who struck out eight and gave up two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames. Marlon Byrd scored once and knocked in a run to account for New York's only offense.

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