Bad news gets worse for Cincy

MARK SCHMETZER Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds had a five-game winning streak snapped and that was just the start of the bad news Thursday.

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win in 12 innings.

The Reds found out during the game that second baseman Brandon Phillips would be out six weeks after he has surgery on Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb. He was injured diving for a ground ball Wednesday night and an MRI on Thursday revealed torn ligaments.

Starter Homer Bailey left the game with a 1-2 count on Starlin Castro leading off the third. It appeared his spike caught on the mound and he was removed from the game with a strained right patellar tendon.

Then tempers flared on the field with both benches and bullpens emptying in the ninth but no punches were thrown and there were no ejections.

In the 12th, highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Castro's two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field off J.J. Hoover (1-6) that Skip Schumaker couldn't catch up to and. Valbuena was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The out call stood after an umpire crew chief request for a replay review to make sure the new rule regarding home plate collisions wasn't violated.

Blake Parker (1-0) pitched the last two innings and the Cubs snapped their losing streak at a season-high six games.

The Reds scored three runs in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks, who was making his major league debut.

Ryan Ludwick hit his sixth home run of the season in the third inning to give the Reds a 4-1 lead. Bailey's wildness provided the Cubs with enough baserunners to creep back into the game.

"It's baseball so you have these situations over the course of the year. Castro did a nice job getting the hit in the eighth. You have to acknowledge the fact that they played a nice ballgame," Reds' manager Bryan Price said. "He (Hendricks) worked around a three-run first inning and really held us down. It wasn't so much that it got away from us as they went out and outplayed us."

Bailey, who hit Anthony Rizzo in the first inning, grazed Baker with a pitch with one out in the fifth. One out later, he walked Coghlan. Alcantara doubled, the first of his four hits, to score both runners.

The Reds held the lead until Castro singled home Alcantara with two outs in the eighth off Jonathan Broxton, who came into the game with seven straight scoreless appearances. It was just the third run Broxton has allowed in 31 innings.

Aroldis Chapman struck out Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz in the ninth to tie Bruce Sutter as the only relief pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least one batter in 39 straight appearances.

Two pitches to Schierholtz were up and in and Rizzo approached the Reds bench with angry words for Chapman before the Reds batted in the bottom of the inning.

"There were two pitches that got away from me," Chapman said through interpreter Tomas Vera. "Their bench started to say something to me and their first baseman came over to our bench."

Alfredo Simon met Rizzo on the field.

"There was a lot of testosterone on the field," Price said. "That is the way baseball is. We hit Rizzo, certainly unintentional. Cozart got hit in the hand certainly that was unintentional. Chapman had the ball get away from him up and in and things got a little testy. It's baseball We're trying to win every game we can as are the Cubs. I just think it was an overflow of testosterone."

DODGERS 2, PADRES 1

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1.

Kershaw won his eighth straight start and came within 18 innings of the major league record set by Dodgers right-hander Orel Hershiser, who threw 59 consecutive shutout innings in 1988.

Headley homered off Kershaw in the sixth, halting the longest scoreless streak in the majors since Brandon Webb went 42 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.

ATHLETICS 6, GIANTS 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- All-Star Scott Kazmir struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to help Oakland win the annual Bay Bridge series.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A's, who won three of four in the two-city series that began Monday night in Oakland. The A's (58-34) have won seven of eight overall and have matched the best start in Oakland history.

Tim Hudson (7-6) was unable to make it out of the sixth inning and lost his fourth straight decision for the floundering Giants.

Kazmir (11-3) allowed three hits and one walk. He has yielded one run or fewer in 11 of 19 starts this season for a 2.38 ERA.

ORIOLES 4, NATIONALS 3

BALTIMORE -- Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his team-high ninth victory, and Baltimore beat Washington for its eighth win in 10 games.

Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz both drove in a run for the Orioles, who built a 4-0 lead in the third inning and held on. Baltimore took two of three from the Nationals in this rain-shortened, home-and-home interleague showdown between division leaders.

Jayson Werth homered for Washington and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and an RBI.

Chen (9-3) gave up three runs in 52/3 innings, improving to 6-1 in 12 starts since May 3. He was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in his previous two starts against the Nationals.

Gio Gonzalez (6-5) allowed three earned runs and six hits in 62/3 innings. His streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings ended when Pearce connected in the first.

TWINS 4, MARINERS 2

SEATTLE -- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to help Minnesota rookie right-hander Yohan Pino earn his first major league victory.

Morales, who played for the Mariners last season, came up with two outs and runners on first and second. He lined his double over center fielder James Jones' extended glove. Both runners scored without a throw.

Pino (1-2) worked five innings to earn the victory in his fifth big league appearance. Throwing 100 pitches, he allowed one run and seven hits, walked two and struck out four.

Tom Wilhelmsen (1-2), who never had more than a three-inning outing in his career, made his first major league start after 191 relief appearances for the Mariners. He worked 22/3 innings, allowing two runs, one hit and three walks with three strikeouts.

PHILLIES 9, BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no-hit bid with a single in the seventh before sparking a seven-run outburst an inning later, helping Philadelphia complete a four-game sweep of Milwaukee.

Rollins greeted reliever Will Smith in the eighth by singling to left to drive home two runs. Garza (6-6) had just been pulled from the game to a standing ovation but could only watch from the dugout as his shutout evaporated.

The Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth and got RBI ground-rule doubles from Ryan Howard and Cody Asche. Philadelphia swept a four-game series for the first time since taking four in Cincinnati in 2011.

Rookie pitcher David Buchanan (5-5) struck out five in seven innings for the win.

Carlos Gomez homered for the Brewers, clinging to its NL Central lead despite five straight losses and nine in 10 games.

RED SOX 4,

WHITE SOX 3, 10 INNINGS

BOSTON -- Mike Carp's pinch-hit single in the 10th inning gave Boston its second straight walk-off victory over Chicago.

Jon Lester struck out 12 in seven innings for the Red Sox, but fellow All-Star Koji Uehara gave up a tying, two-run homer in the ninth to pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie -- his third long ball in three games and fourth of the season.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Nava drew a leadoff walk in the 10th and scored the winning run for the second consecutive game. Ronald Belisario (3-6) took the loss.

Chicago had runners at first and third with two outs in the 10th, but Alexei Ramirez was retired on a grounder to pitcher Andrew Miller (3-5).

ANGELS 15, RANGERS 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- All-Star center fielder Mike Trout had a three-run homer among his four hits for fast-starting Los Angeles in its drubbing of freefalling Texas.

The first four Angels in the game had hits and scored. It started when Kole Calhoun had a leadoff triple into the right-field corner, then trotted home on a relay throw that bounced into the seats.

Calhoun had four hits and scored four times while finishing a homer shy of a cycle. He had three hits in the first three innings for the Angels, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

The Rangers have lost five straight and 19 of 22. They have the worst winning percentage in the majors at .413 with their 38-54 record.

Hector Santiago (1-7) struck out eight in six innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits.

BRAVES 3, METS 1

NEW YORK -- Aaron Harang allowed four hits in seven innings, and Atlanta used early offense against Bartolo Colon to avert a four-game sweep by New York.

The Braves snapped a four-game skid and ended the Mets' season-best, four-game winning streak. New York hasn't swept a four-game set from Atlanta since July 1989.

Freddie Freeman had an RBI double in a two-run first. Harang (9-6) won his fourth straight start, beating the Mets for the second time this season.

Colon (8-8) hung around for eight innings but lost his third consecutive start.

PIRATES 9, CARDINALS 1

ST. LOUIS -- Edinson Volquez tossed a six-hitter to win his fourth straight start, pitching Pittsburgh past St. Louis.

Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for the Pirates, who avoided being swept in the four-game series.

Volquez (8-6) has a 0.90 ERA in winning four consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He struck out five and walked two.

Shelby Miller (7-8) allowed four runs in five innings.

The Cardinals played without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb Wednesday. Molina will have surgery Friday and is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks.

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