Fri, Sep 02, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Toronto Blue Jays massacre Baltimore

LEADING THE PACK:Twenty-one-year-old Venezuelan rookie pitcher Henderson Alvarez notched up the first win of his MLB career after tossing eight scoreless innings

Reuters and AP, BALTIMORE, Maryland

The Phillies’ second straight shutout gave them 19 this season, most in the majors.

Braves 3, Nationals 1

In Atlanta, Georgia, two milestone home runs — Chipper Jones’ 450th and Derek Lowe’s first — gave -Atlanta the early lead and victory over Washington.

Jones hit his homer in the second inning. The 38-year-old Lowe lined a full-count pitch over left field in the third inning for his first homer in his 405th career at-bat. Lowe, a career .149 hitter, entered the game hitting .182 this season.

Lowe (9-12) gave up only two hits over the first six innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 41st save, setting a major league rookie record.

Nationals starter John Lannan (8-11) gave up three runs in seven innings as his streak of five straight wins over the Braves ended.

Giants 4, Cubs 0

In San Francisco, pitcher Madison Bumgarner matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, leading San Francisco over Chicago, avoiding a series sweep.

Bumgarner (9-12) went eight scoreless innings, while Jeff Keppinger and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning for the hosts.

Keppinger then drove in a run with a single in the fifth off Rodrigo Lopez (4-6), who lost his third straight outing and dropped to 0-5 in eight career starts against San Francisco.

The Giants shook up the roster before the game, designating infielder Miguel Tejada and outfielder Aaron Rowand — the team’s second-highest paid player — for assignment.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Dodgers 4, Padres 2

‧ Mets 3, Marlins 2

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