Miller's one-hitter leads Cards to 3-0 win
Shelby Miller gave up a leadoff single then retired 27 in a row for his first career complete game, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Eric Young Jr. had a line drive hit to right field to start the game for the Rockies but Miller (5-2) gave up nothing else in his first shutout. The right-hander struck out Young to end it with his 13th K, tying a Cardinals rookie record.
The one-hitter was the fewest hits allowed by a Cardinals pitcher since Bud Smith tossed a no-hitter on Sept. 3, 2001, and it was the second one-hitter of the night in the major leagues. Boston's Jon Lester was perfect until he allowed a two-out double in the sixth against Toronto.
Rockies starter Jon Garland (2-3) gave up all three runs in five innings. Garland allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
NATIONALS 7, CUBS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond's three hits included a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs with doubles, helping Washington get its season-high fifth consecutive victory.
Despite playing without Bryce Harper (ingrown toenail) or Jayson Werth (injured right hamstring), the Nationals won for the seventh time in eight games. Ross Detwiler (2-3) gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings, and Craig Stammen got the last seven outs.
Chicago's Jeff Samardzija (1-5) lost his fifth decision in a row by allowing seven runs — five earned — and eight hits. He threw 73 pitches in his five innings, matching his shortest outing of the season.
PIRATES 7, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer — a call that was correctly overturned by baseball's beleaguered umpires — and Wandy Rodriguez pitched Pittsburgh past New York.
Jones doubled twice and leadoff man Starling Marte also had three hits for the Pirates, who improved to 4-13 at Citi Field. Pittsburgh had lost four of five overall, including the opener of this four-game series Thursday.
Handed an early lead, Rodriguez (3-2) allowed six hits over six innings to win for the first time in four starts and held New York to 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Jason Grilli came on to get Ruben Tejada with two on for the final out, making him perfect in 14 save chances this season.
Shaun Marcum (0-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings for the Mets.
REDS 4, BREWERS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips homered and made a spectacular rally-busting play — using his left knee to get a forceout and start a double play — as Cincinnati beat Milwaukee.
Phillips had an RBI single off Yovani Gallardo (3-2) and added a solo homer in the seventh after making a saving play in the top of the inning. With two Brewers aboard, he got to Ryan Braun's grounder up the middle, tagged second base with his left knee while falling down and threw to first for a double play.
Milwaukee got solo homers from Jean Segura and Braun, but lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Alfredo Simon (3-1) threw two innings in relief of rookie left-hander Tony Cingrani.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PHILLIES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Miguel Montero hit a tiebreaking home to lead off the eighth inning, Ian Kennedy shook off a shaky start to pitch seven innings and Arizona won its fifth straight.
The Diamondbacks struggled against Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd, but scratched out a run in the seventh and went ahead when Montero hit the first pitch thrown by Mike Adams (1-3) in the eighth off the foul pole in right.
Kennedy gave up a leadoff homer to Jimmy Rollilns and two runs in the first inning before settling down to keep Arizona in it.
Tony Sipp (2-1) got two outs in the eighth inning and David Hernandez worked out of a jam in the ninth for his first save.
GIANTS 8, BRAVES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain pitched eight strong innings and San Francisco beat Tim Hudson for the first time in seven years in the Giants' 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Cain (2-2) allowed three hits and added an RBI single during a six-run rally in the fourth inning.
Hudson (4-2) was cruising until the fourth when the Giants batted around and scored six runs. Marco Scutaro had two hits, including a two-run single during the inning.
The Braves' veteran right-hander had been 6-0 with a 2.48 ERA against San Francisco since losing to them on April 8, 2006.
MARLINS 5, DODGERS 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Derek Dietrich tied the game with his first major league home run, Juan Pierre singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Miami dealt Los Angeles its eighth straight loss.
The Dodgers blew an early lead for the second straight game in equaling their longest skid since dropping eight in a row from Aug. 22-29, 2008.
Miami ended its own three-game losing streak in the matchup of cellar dwellers. The Marlins have the NL's worst record at 11-25, and got outscored 11-1 during a three-game sweep in San Diego.
Florida rookie Jose Fernandez (2-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked two for his second major league win.
Ronald Belisario (2-4) took the loss, giving up two runs and three hits in one-plus innings.