Posey powers Giants to 9-0 rout of Braves
AP Thursday, July 19, 2012, 12:18 am TWN
ATLANTA -- San Francisco's Buster Posey drove in five runs with three hits as the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0 in the National League on Tuesday.
Posey had run-scoring singles in the first and third innings. His third hit was a three-run double off Luis Avilan after Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (3-3) departed in the fourth.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy made a pregame request for better pitching away from home with his staff's road ERA sitting at 4.85; third-worst in the majors. San Francisco starter Barry Zito (8-6), who came in with a 5.19 road ERA, answered Bochy's call by allowing no runs and one walk in seven innings.
Nationals 5, Mets 4, 10 Innings In Washington, Pedro Beato threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning that allowed the winning run to score, as Washington recovered from blowing a late lead and beat New York.
The Nationals fell behind twice after leading 2-0 going into the ninth.
In the tenth, Bryce Harper tied the game with a run-scoring triple off Tim Byrdak (2-1) before Beato entered with the bases loaded. His wild pitch into the dirt got away from the catcher and Ryan Zimmerman ran in from third.
Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus (3-1) took the win.
Reds 4, Diamondbacks 0 In Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto (11-5) showed no signs of being bothered by a finger blister during six shutout innings, pitching Cincinnati past Arizona.
Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer that sent Cincinnati to its first victory without Joey Votto.
Votto had surgery earlier in the day to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining the former National League MVP for up to a month.
Arizona's Trevor Bauer (1-2) had the roughest time in his four starts, lasting only three innings.
Brewers 3, Cardinals 2 In Milwaukee, Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, as the Brewers edged St. Louis.
Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run for the Brewers.
Milwaukee's Randy Wolf (3-6) won his first game since April 30, giving u ptwo runs and one walk with six strikeouts over 6-2/3 innings.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave the closer job to Rodriguez before the game with John Axford continuing to struggle.
Joe Kelly (1-2) took the loss for the Cardinals.
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