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National League Game Capsules

Justin Ruggiano singled home Jose Reyes with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Miami Marlins edged the visiting San Diego Padres, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Reyes looped a leadoff double to left field off Brad Brach (0-2) and after Carlos Lee was intentionally walked, Ruggiano won the game with a sharply hit ground ball to left. Ryan Webb (4-2), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the game, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th. Webb took the roster spot of outfielder Logan Morrison, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 2

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones both homered on Sunday, as the Braves downed the Phillies, 6-2, to complete a three-game sweep. Tim Hudson (10-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks over 5 2/3 innings. He is 6-1 over his last eight starts. Freddie Freeman drove in a pair during a three-run seventh inning, helping the Braves record their sixth straight victory over the Phillies. Overall, Atlanta has won five in a row and eight of its last 11 games. The Phillies, who had won four straight entering the series, were swept at Turner Field for the first time since May 31-June 2, 2010. Roy Halladay (4-6) picked up his 2,000th career strikeout, but did so in a losing effort. He was charged with three runs on six hits with one walk and seven K's over six frames and has yet to earn a win since retuning from the disabled list on July 17. The two-time Cy Young Award winner became one of four active pitchers with at least 2,000 strikeouts, joining Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Kevin Millwood. Shane Victorino went 3-for-4 with a homer and also scored on Carlos Ruiz's sixth-inning single.

Final Score: Houston 9, Pittsburgh 5

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jordan Schafer drove in three runs and the Houston Astros ended a 12-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5. Schafer delivered the go-ahead home run for the Astros, who avoided a four-game sweep with the win. Lucas Harrell (8-7) tossed another strong outing for Houston, giving up two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie has a 1.86 earned run average in four starts since the All-Star break. Meanwhile, James McDonald's (10-5) second-half struggles continued. The Astros tagged him for five runs on six hits and a career-high seven walks in five innings. McDonald has pitched to an 8.91 ERA over his last four starts.

Final Score: Washington 11, Milwaukee 10 (11 innings)

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Morse clubbed a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth to send the game to extras, and then ripped a go-ahead, two-run double in the 11th as the Nationals took a thrilling 11-10 victory over the Brewers in the finale of a four-game set Sunday at Miller Park. Washington trailed 7-3 heading into the eighth, but used a four-run frame to tie the game. Milwaukee countered in the bottom half as Norichika Aoki and Carlos Gomez stroked back-to-back homers to make it a two-run game, but Morse launched a one-out, two-run shot over the wall in right to tie the game again in the ninth. In the 11th, Jose Veras (3-4) issued a leadoff walk to Bryce Harper, who then went first-to-third on a single into right field from Ryan Zimmerman. After Mark DeRosa fanned, Morse pulled a double down the left-field line to plate Harper and Zimmerman as the Nationals grabbed a two-run lead. Tyler Clippard worked around a leadoff homer from Corey Hart in the 11th to nail down his 20th save of the season, while Craig Stammen (4-1) earned the victory after tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

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