National League Game Capsules

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Joe Kelly pitched six scoreless innings, Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0, in the second test of a three-game series. Kelly (4-3) gave up four hits while striking out six and walking three for the Cardinals, who came into Saturday's action three games behind the Pirates for first place in the NL Central. Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran each drove in a run for St. Louis. Travis Wood (7-10) allowed four runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings for the Cubs, who have lost five of six.

Final Score: Arizona 15, Pittsburgh 5

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Martin Prado had four hits and scored four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 15-5 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prado blasted his 11th home run and knocked in three runs for Arizona, which won for the fourth time in five games. Wil Nieves extended his hitting streak to eight games with a pair of hits and three RBI and Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-6 with a three-run homer, his 30th of the season, and two runs scored. Trevor Cahill (4-10), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, made his first start since June 30 due to a right hip contusion. Cahill picked up his first win since May 17 after giving up four runs on seven hits in five innings. The Diamondbacks feasted on Pirates All-Star Jeff Locke (9-4). Arizona tagged the lefty for eight runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer, his 30th of the year, in the Pirates' sixth loss in their last eight games.

Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Philadelphia 0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made himself an unwanted guest in the eighth inning. Mattingly might have spent three seconds on Clayton Kershaw's mound before the starter, with a quick shake of the head and with few words out of his unphased mouth, rerouted his manager back to the dugout, assuring him he was fine. Kershaw, dominant like he had been all night, struck out Carlos Ruiz to escape his only jam of the evening and finish another stellar outing, a 5-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second of a three-game series. The left-handed Kershaw (12-7) won for the fourth time in five decisions after tossing eight scoreless innings, in which he held the Phillies to three hits and struck out eight. Kershaw lowered his ERA to a major league-best 1.80. He also moved atop the National League with his 182nd strikeout and leads the league with 190 1/3 innings pitched. He also picked up an RBI double to send the Dodgers to their season-best 10th straight win and the 25th victory in Los Angeles' last 28 games. Kyle Kendrick (10-10), who owned a 6.09 ERA over his previous 12 starts heading into Saturday, was a hard-luck loser after giving up two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in six innings as the Phillies fell to 5-21 since the All-Star break.

Final Score: San Francisco 6, Miami 4

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Gregor Blanco went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI triple and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Miami Marlins, 6-4, in the middle test of a three-game set. Pablo Sandoval knocked in two and Andres Torres had an RBI for the Giants, who have won three straight. Matt Cain (8-8) gave up a home run -- a two-run shot by Giancarlo Stanton -- plus three hits and a pair of walks over seven innings. The 28-year-old right-hander has allowed three earned runs or less in his last seven starts. Henderson Alvarez (2-2) got the start for the Marlins and also went seven innings. He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks.

Final Score: Milwaukee 2, Cincinnati 0

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Cincinnati Reds, 2-0, in the third meeting of a four-game set. Gallardo (9-9), activated from the disabled list prior to the contest, gave up three hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Logan Schafer added a two-run double for the Brewers, who have taken the last two games of this set. Mat Latos (12-4) was the hard-luck loser, as he gave up just two runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings of work for the Reds, who had won five straight prior to Friday's loss to Milwaukee and remained 3 1/2 games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates for first place in the NL Central. Cincinnati, though, still holds a comfortable lead in the chase for a wild card spot.

Final Score: Baltimore 8, Colorado 4

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Manny Machado and Brian Roberts each hit two- run doubles during a seven-run third inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-4, in the middle portion of a three-game series. Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis added an RBI apiece for the Orioles, who snapped a four-game skid. Baltimore starter Bud Norris (9-10) allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings. Dexter Fowler had two RBI and a run scored for the Rockies, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. Charlie Blackmon drove in a run and scored once. Chad Bettis (0-2) got the start for Colorado and gave up eight runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Final Score: San Diego 8, New York 2

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Hundley stroked a two-run homer and Will Venable had four hits as the San Diego Padres eclipsed the New York Mets, 8-2, on Saturday at Petco Park. Jedd Gyorko added a late three-run homer and Alexi Amarista, Chris Denorfia and Jesus Guzman supplied an RBI apiece to back starter Edinson Volquez (9-10), who limited New York to two runs on seven hits over five innings. Mets starter Jenrry Mejia was forced to exit in the fourth inning after experiencing elbow discomfort in his pitching arm. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery back in 2011. David Aardsma (2-2) gave up four runs over two innings of relief. Travis d'Arnaud, the main piece New York received in the R.A. Dickey trade this past offseason, made his major league debut to fill in for regular catcher John Buck, who was placed on paternity leave. He went hitless, but did walk twice.

Final Score: Washington 8. Atlanta 7 (15 innings)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche held his signature helicopter finish just a half second longer than usual. LaRoche smacked a go-ahead leadoff homer in the top of the 15th inning to lift the Washington Nationals to an 8-7 win over the Atlanta Braves in the middle test of a three-game set. Kris Medlen (10-11) had spun two innings of shutout ball before LaRoche golfed a 1-2 curveball into the seats in right field. Jason Heyward cracked a two-out game-tying, two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to send the contest into extras where Craig Stammen (6-5) fired three scoreless innings of no-hit ball to earn the win. Dan Haren worked a scoreless 15th inning to notch his first career save.

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