National League Game Capsules(Monday, September 1)
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - In an otherwise forgettable season, Cole Hamels and three relief pitchers gave Philadelphia Phillies fans something to remember on Monday. Hamels struck out seven in six no-hit innings and the bullpen took it from there as Philadelphia pitched a combined no-hitter during its 7-0 rout of the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia's ace lefty labored through five walks and a high pitch count, forcing manager Ryne Sandberg to remove Hamels for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon preserved the no-hitter, each tossing a clean inning out of the bullpen. Hamels (8-6) became the first pitcher since Seattle's Kevin Millwood on June 8, 2012, to be pulled after six no- hit innings. Millwood, who threw a no-hitter with the Phillies in 2003, left that game with an injury. That was also the last time a major league team threw a combined no-hitter, as five relievers pitched no-hit ball behind Millwood. Ben Revere had a career-high five RBI for the Phillies, while Jimmy Rollins moved into first place in franchise history with his 658th multi-hit game. Rollins singled, doubled and tripled and drove in a run to pass Richie Ashburn.
Final Score: Miami 9, New York 6
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Six errors did in the New York Mets on Monday as the Miami Marlins took a back-and-forth series opener, 9-6, from their NL East rivals. The game was tied at 6-6 entering the bottom of the eighth, but more sloppy play from the Mets sealed the outcome, as three errors and a wild pitch sent New York to its fourth loss in six games. Casey McGehee and Marcell Ozuna each had two hits and two RBI while Giancarlo Stanton belted a solo homer for the Marlins, who were coming off a disappointing 3-9 road trip. A.J. Ramos (6-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek did the same in the ninth to anchor a solid relief effort after Miami starter Henderson Alvarez exited with a left oblique strain in the third inning.
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday came through in the clutch yet again on Monday, helping the St. Louis Cardinals take down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series that could help determine the National League Central playoff picture. The Cardinals trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, who didn't start the game after injuring his head on Sunday, hit a two-run homer to right to tie the game. Jon Jay then tripled, spelling the end of Gerrit Cole's outing. John Axford took his place on the mound and walked Oscar Taveras to bring up Holliday, who ripped a grounder through the hole on the left side to plate Jay. The base hit gave Holliday his third RBI of the contest. The slugger drove in five runs in Saturday's rout of the Cubs and four more on Sunday, including the game-winning two-run single in the eighth. He has 16 RBI in his last eight games.
Final Score: Chicago 4, Milwaukee 2
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Brewers' elongated stay atop the NL Central is over, as Welington Castillo's home run and three RBI led the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win over Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series. The Brewers had been alone or tied for first place every day since April 5, but Milwaukee's six-game losing streak coupled with the Cardinals' win over the Pirates on Monday has vaulted St. Louis into the division lead. Luis Valbuena added a solo homer for Chicago, while Jacob Turner (5-8) struck out seven over 6 1/3 solid innings to pick up the win, the Cubs' third in five games. Back-to-back home runs by Khris Davis and Gerardo Parra in the seventh provided the only offense for the Brewers, who had starter Jimmy Nelson (2-6) allow three runs on nine hits over six frames.
09/01 18:57:07 ET