Homers, RBI as Nationals regulate Cubs
AP Thursday, September 6, 2012, 12:14 am TWN
WASHINGTON -- Adam LaRoche hit two of Washington's six homers, Ian Desmond had four RBIs and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Tuesday night.
LaRoche and Jayson Werth had four hits apiece for the NL East-leading Nationals, who opened a season-high seven-game advantage in the division. Second-place Atlanta lost to Colorado 6-0.
Desmond, Jesus Flores, Tyler Moore and Ryan Zimmerman also went deep. The six home runs matched a team record.
Washington right-hander Edwin Jackson (9-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5-2/3 innings.
Desmond hit a two-run drive off Chris Rusin (0-2) in the first for his 20th homer. The All-Star shortstop added a two-run double in Washington's three-run second.
Alfonso Soriano hit his 26th homer and a two-run triple for the Cubs, who have dropped four straight. Starlin Castro drove in two runs.
Diamondbacks 8, Giants 6, 11 Innings Aaron Hill had a career-high five hits and Jason Kubel tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning to lead Arizona over San Francisco.
The first-place Giants used 11 pitchers, matching a major league record for extra-inning games. They remained four games ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West because the Dodgers also lost at home in extra innings, to San Diego.
Hill drove in two runs and was a triple shy of his third cycle this season. John McDonald also had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who ended a three-game skid.
Brandon Belt had three hits, including a two-run homer, for San Francisco. Pablo Sandoval knocked in two runs but the Giants had their three-game winning streak stopped.
Josh Collmenter (4-3) pitched two innings for the win.
Hill opened the 11th with a single off George Kontos (1-1) and scored on Kubel's one-out triple to right off Javier Lopez. After an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero added an RBI single.
Padres 6, Dodgers 3, 11 Innings Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single for San Diego with the bases loaded in the 11th inning after Yasmani Grandal tied the score against Los Angeles with a two-run homer in the eighth.
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