Published September 28, 2014
Los Angeles, CA – Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kristopher Negron's two-run homer capped a three-run eighth inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-1, on Sunday. The Pirates entered the final day of the regular season a game behind St. Louis in the NL Central. Pittsburgh needed to win and have the Cardinals lose against Arizona to force a one-game tiebreaker at Busch Stadium to determine the division champion. But the Cardinals won the division title with the Pirates' loss. Pittsburgh will host the Giants in the NL wild card game on Wednesday.
Final Score: Washington 1, Miami 0
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Washington's Jordan Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter on the last day of the regular season. Steven Souza punctuated it with one of the year's best catches. Zimmermann struck out 10 to lead the Nationals to a 1-0 win over Miami on Sunday, getting a lot of help from his defense at the end. After Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to start the ninth inning, center fielder Michael Taylor caught Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fly ball in front of the warning track for the second out. Christian Yelich then drove a 2-1 fastball to deep left, where Souza raced to track it down for an over-the-shoulder diving catch to end the game. The NL East champions stormed the field after the final out to congratulate Zimmermann (14-5), who allowed just one walk to win his eighth straight decision. It was the franchise's first no-hitter since moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005. The last no-no thrown by a Washington team was by Bobby Burke for the Senators in a 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 8, 1931.
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Emilio Bonifacio led off the game with a home run as the Atlanta Braves closed out the season with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Bonifacio drove Cole Hamels' fourth pitch over the wall in left-center field. In his last outing against the Braves on Sept. 1, Hamels pitched the first six innings of a combined no- hitter. The first four Atlanta batters reached against Hamels on Sunday afternoon. After walking Phil Gosselin and giving up consecutive singles to Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson, Hamels retired 20 in a row until hitting Joey Terdoslavich with two outs in the seventh. Hamels (9-9) was a hard-luck loser after tossing eight strong frames. The Braves (79-83) used a bullpen by committee, beginning with James Russell, after scheduled starter Alex Wood was scratched because of a mild left forearm strain. Russell scattered two hits over four scoreless innings in his first start since 2011. Luis Avilan (4-1) tossed two innings to pick up the win.
Final Score: Chicago 5, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Arismendy Alcantara's two-run double in the sixth inning helped send the Chicago Cubs out on a positive note with a 5- 2 decision over the Milwaukee Brewers in the season finale for both teams. Antony Rizzo added a two-run homer, part of a 3-for-4 day for the Chicago first baseman. Alcantara's tie-breaking hit made a winner out of Jacob Turner (6-11), who yielded a pair of runs on four hits over five innings, and enabled Chicago (73-89) to end its 2014 campaign with victories in four of its last five games despite a fifth straight last-place finish in the NL Central. Milwaukee (82-80), on the other hand, closed out a brutal final six weeks of its season. Owning a 2 1/2-game lead atop the NL Central on August 19, the Brewers fell out of playoff contention entirely following an 11-25 finish. Mike Fiers (6-5) struck out seven over six innings for Milwaukee, but surrendered four Cubs runs -- three of which were earned.
Final Score: San Francisco 9, San Diego 3
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Buster Posey hit a two-run homer, and the playoff-bound San Francisco Giants finished the regular season with a 9-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Joaquin Arias doubled home two runs in a four-run seventh inning for the Giants (88-74), who will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in the NL wild card game on Wednesday.
Final Score: St. Louis 1, Arizona 0
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Greenwood and four relievers combined to toss a two-hit shutout, and the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1-0, on the final day of the regular season. Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright was scheduled to start for St. Louis, but after the Pirates lost earlier in the day and the Cardinals clinched their second straight NL Central division title, Greenwood was given the ball instead. Greenwood allowed one hit in three innings of work and Justin Masterson (3-3) gave up a hit in two innings for the Cards, who are back in the postseason for the fourth straight season. Marco Gonzales struck out two in three no-hit frames and Carlos Martinez nailed down the second save of his career. St. Louis (90-72) will travel to Los Angeles for an NLDS series with the NL West champion Dodgers. Josh Collmenter tossed a gem for Arizona (64-98) despite the loss, yielding just a run on three hits over eight innings. Collmenter (11-9) set a career- high with 28 starts and 179 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Final Score: NY Mets 8, Houston 3
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run and drove in four as the New York Mets closed out the season with an 8-3 win over the Houston Astros. Ruben Tejada also hit a two-run home run while Daniel Murphy scored twice for the Mets (79-83), who won their final two games of the season. Bartolo Colon (15-13) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings to get the win. Max Stassi drove in two runs for the Astros (70-92), who lost five of six to end the season. Nick Tropeano (1-3) allowed four runs on six hits over five innings.
Final Score: Los Angeles 10, Colorado 5
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Roger Bernadina came off the bench to hit a homer and knock in four runs, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers wrap the regular season up with a 10-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp also homered, with Gonzalez driving in three runs in the win. Zack Greinke (17-8) limited the Rockies to one run over five innings for the Dodgers (94-68), who host St. Louis in the NLDS starting on Friday. Christian Bergman (3-5) took the loss after giving up eight runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings for Colorado (66-96), which dropped its final four games of the season. In a down year for a club ravaged by injuries, the Rockies' bright spot was Justin Morneau, who sealed up the NL batting title on Sunday with a .319 average. Morneau became the first Canadian to win the title since former Rockie Larry Walker did so in 2001.