Cincinnati held to three base hits

JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds lost a series and got another concern about their pitching staff.

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Reds 6-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years.

The Reds won the series opener, pushing their winning streak to a season-high four straight. Then they dropped the last two, scoring a total of three runs.

Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot off Mike Leake (3-5), who had overwhelmed the Giants the last four times he faced them. He wasn't fully healthy this time around.

Manager Bryan Price revealed after the game that Leake has been limited by a stiff neck in his last three starts, interfering with his delivery.

The Giants won the series by finally getting to Leake, who was 4-0 in his last four starts against the Giants while allowing only three earned runs. Leake lasted only five innings and gave up eight hits, a walk and five runs.

Leake said the stiff neck sometimes prevents him from fully extending his arm as he throws the ball.

Morse homered for the second straight game, connecting for his team-high 13th homer in the second inning. That ended Leake's streak of six straights without giving up a homer.

Crawford's seventh homer in the fourth inning was his first since May 21. The shortstop was in a 4 for 32 slump.

Pablo Sandoval singled three times and scored a pair of runs, improving to 11 for 17 career against Leake with two homers. Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to six games.

Bumgarner (8-3) gave up three hits in eight innings, including Todd Frazier's homer, and retired the last 16 batters he faced. He's 6-0 in his last seven starts, the best such streak of his career.

The Giants hadn't won a regular-season series in Cincinnati since Aug. 18-20, 2009. They've dropped 11 of their last 14 at Great American Ball Park during the regular season. San Francisco's best moment there was a division series win in 2012 that started the Giants toward a World Series championship.

NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 2

WASHINGTON -- Doug Fister kept himself and his club on a roll, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings as Washington Nationals capped a sweep.

Fister (4-1) struck out five and didn't walk any as he won his fourth consecutive start for what's starting to look like the tough-act-to-follow rotation expected from the Nationals this season.

CUBS 7, METS 4

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer, Travis Wood went deep and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.

Wood delivered in a big way at the plate and was in line for the win before New York rallied from a 4-0 deficit. Justin Grimm (2-2) got the win.

DIAMONDBACKS 12, ROCKIES 7

DENVER -- Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and Chris Owings homered as Arizona reached double-digits against the Colorado Rockies again and completed a sweep.

Bronson Arroyo (5-4) pitched effectively most of the evening before running out of steam. The 37-year-old allowed four runs and six hits in 61/3 innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

YANKEES 2, ATHLETICS 1

NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and New York stopped a four-game skid, beating Oakland and ending the Athletics' five-game winning streak.

Facing the A's for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got an early jolt when John Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run Tanaka allowed in six innings, and he left with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.

RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor had a leadoff single in the seventh and scored the tiebreaking run with the help of two errors by Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and Texas avoided a three-game sweep with a win.

The Rangers blew an early 5-0 lead, but their three-run seventh started when No. 9 batter Odor had an infield single off reliever Brian Matusz (2-2) and moved up on throwing error by Hardy.

ASTROS 8, ANGELS 5

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve and George Springer drove in two runs each during Houston's four-run eighth inning as the Astros pulled away for a win over Los Angeles.

Brad Peacock (2-4) allowed three runs and six hits with a strikeout in five innings.

INTERLEAGUE

ROYALS 3, CARDINALS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura threw six innings in his return from a sore elbow, and the Kansas City ended a string of eight straight home losses to their in-state rivals.

Ventura (3-5) was skipped his previous time through the rotation because of minor elbow pain, but he looked sharp in his return.

MARLINS 11, RAYS 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- J.T. Realmuto had three RBIs in his major league debut, Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in four runs, and Miami handed Tampa Bay its 10th consecutive loss.

Jacob Turner (2-3) allowed five runs and eight hits over 51/3 innings for Miami.

BREWERS 8, TWINS 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer against his former team to spark Milwaukee's comeback.

Khris Davis hit a two-run homer off Kevin Correia (2-7) for the lead in the sixth inning to pull Brewers starter Wily Peralta (5-5) out of an early deficit built by Oswaldo Arcia's grand slam. Jonathan Lucroy tacked on a two-run shot in the ninth, and Francisco Rodriguez finished up for his 18th save in 20 attempts.

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