Reds held hitless for eight frames

JOE RESNICK Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As each 1-2-3 inning went by for the Cincinnati Reds against Hyun-Jin Ryu, the urgency to get someone on base became more intense.

Finally in the eighth, Todd Frazier lined the left-hander's 1-0 pitch down the left-field line for a leadoff double and Cincinnati's first baserunner. The Reds scored three runs against Ryu and Brian Wilson that inning, but it wasn't enough.

Brandon Phillips struck out with the bases loaded against Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to end the rally, and Devin Mesoraco stranded two more runners in the ninth with a fly to center against Jansen. The Reds lost 4-3 on Monday, their 13th one-run defeat of the season.

"We stayed positive in the dugout and were able to keep life in there," right fielder Chris Heisey said. "Everybody was picking each other up, and there was a lot of confidence. You've got to keep battling. When a guy's on his game like he was, you've just got to tip your cap. Finally he made some mistakes, and we were able to get some baserunners and score a couple of runs."

It was another frustrating night for Johnny Cueto (4-4). The right-hander allowed four runs and four hits over 61/3 innings, but three of the runs were unearned because of fielding errors by Frazier at first base in the third and shortstop Zack Cozart during the Dodgers' three-run seventh.

"Johnny pitched well. It's a shame," Heisey said. "I know we have not done a great job scoring runs for him this year, and it's frustrating. The guy's pitching his tail off for us and keeping us in every game."

Ryu (5-2) ran the bases and scored during the Dodgers' seventh-inning rally, which lasted more than a half hour. Maybe that took something out of him as he tried to make Los Angeles the first major league team to throw consecutive no-hitters, following Josh Beckett's 6-0 gem Sunday in Philadelphia.

Ryu, who has won all six career starts against Cincinnati, handed a 4-1 lead to Wilson and was charged with three runs and three hits in 71/3 innings. Only three balls were hit out of the infield off Ryu through seven innings, but Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, filling in for injured Juan Uribe, robbed Cozart of hits his first two times up with diving stops.

Turner also worked out a 16-pitch walk leading off the seventh, frustrating Cueto even more than his lack of run support.


ATLANTA -- David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox ended their 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 Monday.

But Ortiz tied it by hitting a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth. With Red Sox fans at Turner Field chanting "Papi! Papi!" the World Series MVP then gave Boston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Ian Thomas (1-2) in the seventh.


ST. LOUIS -- Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 12th inning after Brett Gardner's leaping catch at the left-field fence kept New York alive in the 11th.

Pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano and Brendan Ryan each added an RBI for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game interleague series for their third straight win.


SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first win since last August, snapping a 16-start winless streak for Chicago.

Samardzija (1-4) allowed six hits and walked none in seven-plus innings. He also had an RBI double during a three-run fourth.


NEW YORK -- Gaby Sanchez tagged the Mets again, hitting a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and a pinch-hit homer in the eighth that sparked Pittsburgh's come-from-behind victory.

Jose Valverde (1-1) was booed off the field after allowing pinch-hitter Jose Tabata's tying single in the eighth. Valverde returned for the ninth and was even worse.


WASHINGTON -- Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 15th home run and also doubled and singled in his latest power performance for Miami at Nationals Park.

Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) pitched 61/3 innings, giving up two runs and three hits. Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 11th save.


PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard had five RBIs and Kyle Kendrick pitched into the seventh inning to snap his 10-game losing streak for Philadelphia.

Kendrick (1-5) allowed six hits over 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win since last Aug. 6, a span of 16 winless starts. His best performance in a while came against the top offense in the majors. The Rockies are first in runs (262) and batting average (.291).


MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs and newly acquired Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lift Baltimore to victory in the interleague contest.

Darren O'Day (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win. Zach Britton pitched out of trouble in the 10th, to record his third save in three opportunities.


PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw with two outs in the ninth inning to give Arizona a victory over San Diego.

Brad Ziegler (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.


SEATTLE -- Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .332, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels.

Young (4-2) kept the Angels hitless until Kole Calhoun singled with one out in the sixth. An inning later, Pujols hit his 506th career home run, pulling within three of Gary Sheffield for 24th on baseball's all-time homer list.


MINNEAPOLIS -- Nick Tepesch won his second consecutive start, Elvis Andrus and Chris Gimenez each had two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat Minnesota.

Tepesch (2-0) allowed two runs in 62/3 innings, striking out four to win consecutive starts for the first time in his career.


TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run in May, Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson added back-to-back shots and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game Monday, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5.

Drew Hutchison (4-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, matched a season-worst with four walks and struck out none.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- George Springer homered in his fourth straight game and went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and scored five runs in Houston's victory over Kansas City.

Scott Feldman (3-2) held the Royals to two runs and eight hits over six innings.

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