Brewers fall to Cubs 12-11 despite grand slam by Lucroy
September 1, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee, but Alfonso Soriano's RBI single capped a three-run comeback in the ninth inning Thursday that lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Brewers 12-11.
In a seesaw game featuring a combined 15 extra-base hits, the Cubs led 3-0, trailed 9-3 and were still down 11-9 going into the ninth.
Starlin Castro hit an RBI single against Francisco Rodriguez (2-7), Anthony Rizzo tied it with his second double of the afternoon and Soriano won the game with his one-out drive off the center-field wall.
Lucroy tied his career high for RBIs and Rickie Weeks had five hits. Ryan Braun and Cody Ransom also homered for Milwaukee, which had won eight straight against the Cubs.
Phillies 3, Mets 2 Phillies star Jimmy Rollins was benched after a pair of baserunning blunders in Philadelphia's win over the Mets.
Rollins was pulled for the start of the seventh inning after a pair of mistakes in the sixth.
The former NL MVP failed to run hard on a dropped popup that could have put him on second base. He stole second base, then was caught in a rundown on a grounder and was tagged out.
Rollins drew the ire of Phillies fans earlier this month when he jogged down the line on a grounder in a game at Miami. He met privately with manager Charlie Manuel the next day. Manuel refused to bench his All-Star shortstop then. He had no hesitation against the Mets.
Nationals 8, Cardinals 1 Bryce Harper hit his third home run in two games, Jason Werth homered for the first time since May and Edwin Jackson struck out 10 Thursday night as the Nationals padded their NL East lead with a win over the punchless Cardinals.
The Nationals opened an 11-game homestand with an overwhelming performance against a wild-card contender that failed to score an earned run for the third straight game.