ST. LOUIS -- Shelby Miller retired the last 27 batters Friday night, finishing with a one-hitter. A day later, the St. Louis Cardinals rookie sat in the dugout and watched Adam Wainwright nearly top that feat.
Wainwright pitched no-hit ball into the eighth inning and finished with a two-hitter Saturday against the suddenly punchless Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 victory.
"I thought for sure he was going to throw a no-hitter," the 22-year-old Miller said. "He was locked in. We both threw well and his was exciting to watch, especially."
Wainwright doesn't mind getting pushed by the team's electric fifth starter who's 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA (See full recap).
Strasburg drops fifth straight decision
WASHINGTON -- Dominant early, Stephen Strasburg fell apart after one of Ryan Zimmerman's two errors and wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision, an 8-2 loss Saturday to the Chicago Cubs, whose starting pitcher, Edwin Jackson, worked into the sixth inning and hit a two-run double for good measure.
Jackson (1-5) retired 12 of Washington's first 13 batters and allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He earned his first win under a $52 million, four-year contract he signed after leaving Washington as a free agent, ended the Nationals' five-game winning streak.
Strasburg (1-5) set down Chicago's first 11 hitters, six via strikeout. But with two outs in the fifth, third baseman Zimmerman's off-target throw put a runner on. Turned out to be Strasburg's last inning, making for his shortest outing of 2013 (See full recap).
Giants rout Braves
SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Gregor Blanco entered in the fifth as a pinch hitter and drove in four runs, and the San Francisco Giants routed the Atlanta Braves 10-1 Saturday.
The left-handed Bumgarner baffled the Braves, getting them to chase his fastball up in the zone and bite on curveballs in the dirt. Bumgarner (4-1) gave up just four hits and walked two, snapping a string of four starts without a victory.
Blanco had a three-run double and triple in setting a career high for RBIs (see full recap).
Liriano shines in Pirates debut
NEW YORK -- Francisco Liriano finally got to pitch for Pittsburgh and, just like that, the Pirates looked like a much better team.
He struck out nine and the Pirates teed off on New York's pitching for an 11-2 win over the Mets on Saturday.
"He's pitched before and he's been good," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Good to have him in the fold now, for me it's - three left-handers in the rotation, I like that a lot. Especially in the division we're in, the way we match up against the team.
Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot for the Pirates (see full story).