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Andrew McCutchen had said he wanted to make amends for a play in the top of the ninth inning that allowed the Phillies to take the lead in the game.Â He was able to do that, as he hit a two run home run off Phillies closer Brad Lidge to win the game for the Pittsburgh Pirates and redeemed himself by a score of 6-4.Â The Pirates also added home runs from Ryan Doumit and a two run shot by Stephen Pearce in the game, and Brandon Moss had an RBI single in the ninth before McCutchen to tie the game.Â Ross Ohlendorf went 6.1 innings allowing only two runs for to the NL leading Phillies but ended up with a no decision.Â Matt Capps(3-7) recorded both his fourth blown save of the year and then got the win as he went one inning and was charged with two runs and three hits.
Even Jimmy Rollins hot streak couldn’t help the Phillies in this one.Â Rollins hit home runs in the first inning and another solo shot in the third inning and until the ninth, that was all the Phillies could do.Â In the ninth, Ben Francisco doubled home the tying run and Shane Victorino was credited with a triple on the misplay by McCutchen scoring the go ahead run.Â Brad Lidge(0-6) though could not even record an out in the ninth as he gave up three hits and three runs, including the home run to McCutchen and it only took five pitches to do that.Â Phillies Phandom will have more on this game and Lidge’s struggles.
On a rare night when Heath Bell blew a save, the Padres were able to pick him up later in the game.Â Heath Bell in the ninth gave up a run to tie the game at 1, as he allowed two hits and a walk as well in the inning.Â Later in the game though, David Eckstein doubled home Nick Hundley to score the game winning run, making it 2-1 in the twelth inning.Â Joe Thatcher(1-0) got the victory as he worked 1.1 innings of hitless relief and Edward Mujica got his second save of the year.Â Adrian Gonzalez drove in the only other Padres run in the third inning with a solo home run.
The Atlanta Braves got great pitching throughout this game, but ran into similar tough pitching on the other side of the game.Â Jair Jurrjens went 7.2 inning and allowed only five hits, four walks and only allowed a solo home run, but ended with a no decision.Â Adam LaRoche came through big time again for the Braves as he singled home Reid Gorecki in the bottom of the ninth and sent the game to extras.Â Unfortunately Kris Medlan(3-4) gave up the eventual winning run in the twelth and took the loss for the Braves, dropping them another game back in the wildcard lead and putting them back in a tie with the Marlins, check out The Braves Baseball Blog for more.
Marlins pitcher Sean West was probably happy to be able to pitch to a minor league team again. Last night, West(5-5) went six innings allowing only six hits and one run and only needed 82 pitches to do that as he faced a depleted Mets squad.Â He was supported by an RBI ground out by Uggla in the fourth and a Ross Gload single in the fifth to win the game 2-1.Â Leo Nunez recorded his 15th save of the season and the Marlins gained a game on the Phillies in the East and kept up with the Rockies in the wildcard race as well.Â FishGuts will have more on the Marlins.
Nelson Figueroa had a spot start for the Mets, who learned of Johan Santana needing surgery earlier in the day.Â Figueroa(1-3) pitched well through five innings allowing only four hits and two runs, but one earned but taking a tough loss.Â Fernando Tatis got the Mets on the board with an RBI single in the fourth, scoring Jeff Francouer, but the Mets could not do anything else in the loss, check out The Real Dirty Mets Blog for more.
The Washington Nationals either shocked the Cubs fans last night, or just made them angrier, not sure which one.Â The Nationals won the game by a score of 15-6 last night and the offense exploded.Â Josh Willingham hit two home runs, a solo shot and a three run shot as well and a grand slam from Elijah Dukes as well.Â Garrett Mock(3-5) went seven innings and allowed only four runs while striking out six to get an easy victory.Â CenterfieldGate has more information on this game and what to expect going forward.
The Chicago Cubs are just playing horribly, with no real excuse for what is going on.Â Carlos Zambrano(7-5) could only get through 4.1 innings and was charged with huge numbers, eight runs, seven hits and only four strike outs.Â The rest of the relief wasn’t much better as out of five relievers, three gave up runs in making this even more lopsided.Â Zambrano tried to help himself as he hit one of a trio of Cubs homeruns, others were by Milton Bradley and Jake Baker in the game.