WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ross Detwiler allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and Adam LaRoche homered Monday, giving the Washington Nationals their first winning season with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
The NL East-leading Nationals improved to 82-52. The club moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season and went 81-81 that year. In 2008 and 2009, the team lost a combined 205 games, then finished 80-81 in 2011.
The Nationals’ win allowed them to hold their 6-game division lead over Atlanta.
PHILLIES 4, REDS 2
CINCINNATI — Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer off Johnny Cueto during a cloudburst that sent fans scurrying for cover, leading Philadelphia over Cincinnati.
John Mayberry Jr. added a solo homer off Cueto (17-7), who failed in his attempt to become the majors’ first 18-game winner. Cueto also lost a day game for the first time this season — he’d been 11-0 in 13 afternoon starts.
GIANTS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 8
SAN FRANCISCO — Marco Scutaro hit an RBI single in the 10th inning after Buster Posey’s tying double in the ninth as San Francisco rallied to beat Arizona.
Brandon Crawford beat out a single to short leading off the 10th and moved to second when Brett Pill dropped a sacrifice bunt. Angel Pagan grounded out to first to advance Crawford.
Scutaro sent the final fastball from Bryan Shaw (1-5) past diving third baseman Chris Johnson for San Francisco’s seventh walk-off win. Scutaro also doubled and scored the tying run in the ninth to help hand J.J. Putz his second straight blown save.
ASTROS 5, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH — Brett Wallace had three hits, including a three-run homer, to lift Houston past struggling Pittsburgh.
CARDINALS 5, METS 4
ST. LOUIS — Rookie Joe Kelly pitched 6 2-3 effective innings and also doubled, and St. Louis held off New York.
Kelly (5-6) allowed five hits and two runs. He made his second start after a brief stint in the bullpen, and turned in his longest outing of the season.
Jason Motte got his 33rd save in 38 chances.
Skip Schumaker hit a solo homer and Matt Carpenter drove in two runs for the NL wild card-leading Cardinals. Yadier Molina and Allen Craig added RBI singles and Kelly scored a run.
Daniel Murphy and Kelly Shoppach hit two-run homers for New York.
BRAVES 6, ROCKIES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Kris Medlen struck out a career-high 12 to lead Atlanta over Colorado.
Medlen (7-1) allowed five hits without a walk in his second complete game of the season. He extended his streak of scoreless innings to 34 2-3 — the Braves’ longest since Greg Maddux in 2000 — before the Rockies scored an unearned run in the seventh.
The right-hander, who appeared in 38 games in relief before moving into the rotation July 31, improved to 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA in seven starts.
David Ross hit a two-run double in Atlanta’s four-run third inning.
Tyler Chatwood (4-4) gave up six runs, five earned, in only three innings with five walks.
MARLINS 7, BREWERS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Reyes drove in three runs and Miami snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Milwaukee.
Ricky Nolasco (11-12) gave up three runs, though only one was earned, and nine hits in seven innings. He was coming off his third career shutout, against Washington.
Mike Fiers (8-7) lasted 3 1-3 innings. He gave up six runs — four earned — six hits, walked four and struck out four.
Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances.
Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run in the second for the Brewers.
DODGERS 4, PADRES 3, 11 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A.J. Ellis singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving the Dodgers a victory over the Padres for their second consecutive walk-off win.
Ellis got the game-ending hit off Cory Burns (0-1) after two-out singles by Andre Ethier and Luis Cruz, who had a career-high four hits.
Ethier tied the game 3-all with his 16th homer off Luke Gregerson with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Brandon League (1-1) got the win with two innings of relief. He gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one.