Late gaffe dooms Reds

MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- A miserable weekend for the Cincinnati Reds ended with an embarrassing gaffe.

Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth inning on Brian McCann's pop-fly single that dropped near three Reds in shallow right field, giving the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory Sunday.

"I do not think anybody really wants to talk about it at this exact moment," manager Bryan Price said. "Unfortunate way to lose a game."

Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each had an RBI single in the fifth for the Yankees, who finished a three-game sweep in the first series after the All-Star break. Hiroki Kuroda outpitched Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and left with a 2-1 lead before Todd Frazier's tying homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth.

Ellsbury also stole two bases and made a sliding catch in center field that saved a run. He reached safely all five times up, including a leadoff single in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman (0-3).

Before that, left-handed hitters had been 1 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against the hard-throwing Cuban this season.

Ellsbury got a great jump and swiped second without a throw. He reached third on a wild pitch before Chapman struck out Mark Teixeira with a 101 mph fastball.

McCann, another left-handed batter, lifted a popup that barely reached the outfield grass behind first base. But with the infield playing in, Frazier and second baseman Skip Schumaker scurried back trying to get under the ball as Jay Bruce rushed in from right field.

All three appeared to have a hard time finding it in the air, however, and the ball landed untouched. Ellsbury dashed home easily as McCann stood on first base with his arms raised.

"Certainly I think that it was a miscommunication in the sense that, I am sure Jay and Schumaker both thought the other was going to catch the ball," Price said.

Chapman stared out toward shallow right field, where Frazier, Schumaker and Bruce were practically frozen in disbelief.

"Just one of those things -- I thought I was under it and I was not," Frazier said. "By the time the ball was coming down it was already too late. ... I should have caught it."

Center fielder Billy Hamilton had trouble with the sun earlier, allowing Ellsbury's seventh-inning fly to fall for a double.

David Robertson (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth. It was New York's second walk-off win this season and the fifth game-ending hit for McCann -- his first since a home run for Atlanta against Houston on May 17, 2011.

After losing their sixth straight road game, a season high, the Reds are 2-5 without injured sluggers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.

The 39-year-old Kuroda gave up three hits and no earned runs over 62⁄3 innings. Cueto threw 112 pitches in five innings, matching his shortest start of the season.

DODGERS 4, CARDINALS 3

ST. LOUIS -- Adrian Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal and Los Angeles salvaged the finale of a three-game series.

Gonzalez leads the National League with 38 road RBIs. He missed a chance earlier, flying out with the bases loaded to end the fourth. J.P Howell (2-3) got the last out in the eighth and Kenley Jansen finished for his 28th save in 31 chances.

BLUE JAYS 9, RANGERS 6

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, and Toronto beat slumping Texas.

Cabrera's homer came on the third pitch he saw from right-hander Neftali Feliz (0-1), handing Texas its 13th loss in 15 road games. The Rangers have won just four of their past 28 overall and are a major league-worst 39-59. It is the first time Texas is 20 games under .500 since finishing the 2003 season 71-91.

RED SOX 6, ROYALS 0

BOSTON -- Jon Lester allowed no earned runs for the third time in four starts, and Boston completed a three-game sweep of Kansas City.

Lester (10-7) is 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA over his last seven starts with 47 strikeouts and eight walks in a span of 522/3 innings. He has yielded just one earned run in 31 innings.

PADRES 2, METS 1

SAN DIEGO -- Odrisamer Despaigne came within four outs of the first no-hitter in San Diego's 46-year major league history, and the Padres beat the New York Mets on Seth Smith's run-scoring infield single in the ninth.

Vic Black (2-3) walked Carlos Quentin leading off the ninth, and Alexi Amarista bunted, with pinch-runner Cameron Maybin advancing to second and Amarista reaching when the ball went through Black's legs.

ASTROS 11, WHITE SOX 7

CHICAGO -- Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, and Houston tied its season high with 17 hits in a win over the Chicago White Sox that prevented a three-game sweep.

Tony Sipp (2-1) pitched 11/3 scoreless innings as Houston stopped a three-game skid.

RAYS 5, TWINS 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- James Loney had two hits and two RBIs, and Chris Archer won consecutive decisions for the first time this season as Tampa Bay topped Minnesota for its fifth straight win.

Archer (6-5) pitched 61/3 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits. Rookie Kirby Yates got two outs in the ninth for his first career save.

Kevin Correia (5-12) took over the major league lead in losses, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings. The veteran right-hander gave up two runs in the first and single runs in each of the next two innings.

ANGELS 6, MARINERS 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Grant Green hit a bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth inning after Albert Pujols tied it with an RBI double, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled out a victory over Seattle.

Joe Thatcher (1-1) worked a scoreless inning for the Angels.

ATHLETICS 10, ORIOLES 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sonny Gray struck out eight to win his fifth consecutive decision, and Oakland pounded Baltimore.

Gray (11-3) gave up two runs, one earned, two hits and two walks in 62/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander hasn't lost since June 13 at the New York Yankees.

MARLINS 3, GIANTS 2

MIAMI -- NL hits leader Casey McGehee homered for the second time this season, and Miami took the lead for good on a wild pitch by Tim Lincecum in the seventh inning to beat San Francisco.

Brad Hand (1-2) gave the Marlins' shaky rotation a welcome boost by pitching seven innings to match a career high, and he allowed two runs. He had been 1-12 previously as a starter, with the lone victory in 2011.

PIRATES 5, ROCKIES 3

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run, and Pittsburgh overcame a three-run deficit to beat Colorado for a three-game sweep.

Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) pitched a one-hit seventh, All-Star Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

NATIONALS 5, BREWERS 4

WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after the Brewers tied it in the top of the inning, and Washington edged Milwaukee.

Washington's bullpen tossed five scoreless innings in relief of Gio Gonzalez until Rickie Weeks' RBI single in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano (1-1), who earned the win despite blowing his third save in 25 chances.

BRAVES 8, PHILLIES 2

ATLANTA -- Tommy La Stella drove in three runs, and Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer to back Alex Wood and help Atlanta rout Philadelphia.

Wood (7-7) allowed three hits and one run with eight strikeouts in six innings to win for the first time four starts.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, CUBS 2

PHOENIX -- Josh Collmenter threw seven sharp innings, Arizona scored on an unusual play in the sixth inning and then completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

The only run off Collmenter (8-5) came on Anthony Rizzo's 23rd home run of the season and third of the series.

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