Burnett shuts down Reds in Pirates' 6-2 win
APCINCINNATI -- A.J. Burnett remained undefeated against the Cincinnati Reds this season and Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the fourth inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates salvage the finale of their three-game series with a 6-2 win on Sunday.
August 7, 2012, 12:27 am TWN
Neil Walker hit a two-run homer and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen added a solo shot as second-place Pittsburgh stopped Cincinnati's winning streak at five and closed within 4/1-2 games of the National League Central leader.
Burnett (14-3) allowed two runs and three hits in 8 2-3 innings, improving to 3-0 against the Reds this season. Joel Hanrahan got the final out for his 32nd save.
Nationals 4, Marlins 1 At Washington, Stephen Strasburg (12-5) allowed just three hits over six shutout innings and drove in two runs as Washington downed Florida.
Strasburg struck out six and walked one, extending his scoreless streak against the Marlins to 27 innings. He hit a two-run single in the second off Ricky Nolasco (8-11) and raised his batting average to .343 (12 for 35) with seven RBIs.
Drew Storen pitched a one-hit ninth for his first save since Sept. 28. Miami's Jose Reyes hit a fourth-inning single that extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest in the majors this season.
Giants 8, Rockies 3 At Denver, Tim Lincecum won consecutive starts for the first time since April and Hunter Pence had three RBIs as San Francisco completed a three-game sweep and maintained a half-game lead over Los Angeles in the National League West.
The Giants had lost seven of eight games entering the series.
Lincecum (6-11) worked around five walks, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. After going 4-9 with a 5.26 ERA in 18 starts from the beginning of May through July 25, he is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two outings against the Mets and Rockies.
Tyler Chatwood (1-2), recalled from minor league Double A Tulsa prior to the game to take the rotation spot of injured Christian Friedrich, allowed three runs — one earned — two hits and four walks in 3-1/3 innings.
Dodgers 7, Cubs 6 At Los Angeles, Hanley Ramirez lined an RBI single over a drawn-in infield in the ninth as Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.
Shawn Camp (2-5) walked Matt Kemp on four pitches with one out and Andre Ethier's single put runners at the corners for Ramirez.
Cubs talented rookie Anthony Rizzo had three RBIs including a tying solo home run leading off the top of the ninth against Kenley Jansen (5-3), who blew a save for the sixth time in 27 chances.
Braves 6, Astros 1 At Atlanta, Chipper Jones had two hits and scored the go-ahead run off a sixth-inning wild pitch by Bud Norris (5-9) as Atlanta completed an 8-2 homestand against Houston.
Jones added a run-scoring double off Xavier Cedeno in the seventh.
Jonny Venters (4-3) pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth to win in relief of Kris Medlen, who allowed one run and five hits in 5-1/3 innings.