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MLB ROUNDUP: Reds end five-game skid

by The Associated Press on April 16, 2013 10:30 AM

Brandon Phillips drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds ended their five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Monday night.

Cincinnati’s five-game slide matched its longest slump from last season, when it won the NL Central.

The Reds still didn’t hit much, but left-hander Cliff Lee helped them by letting in a run on a wild pitch in the seventh. Todd Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Bronson Arroyo (2-1) gave up pinch-hitter Chase Utley’s two-run homer in the eighth, but Cincinnati rallied against the Philadelphia bullpen. The Reds loaded the bases against Jeremy Horst (0-1), and Phillips singled off Mike Adams to break the tie.

Aroldis Chapman retired all three batters he faced in the ninth for his third save in three tries. He threw 100 mph fastballs to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard while fanning them to end it.

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere made a spectacular diving catch of Frazier’s fly to the edge of the warning track. Revere also banged into the outfield wall to catch Ryan Hanigan’s fly.

PADRES 6, DODGERS 3: Padres pitcher Eric Stults hit a three-run homer and stuck around long enough to benefit from a two-run seventh inning as San Diego beat Los Angeles in the first game between the NL West rivals since their wild brawl last week.

There was no visible rancor between the teams on Jackie Robinson Day after Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre called both managers to remind them of the context of the game, the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Dodgers.

Pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman singled while batting for Stults during the decisive rally and scored on a double-play grounder by Yonder Alonso. That came after Paco Rodriguez relieved Ronald Belisario (0-2) with the bases loaded and walked pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia to force in the tiebreaking run after getting ahead 0-2 in the count.

Stults (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. The former Dodgers left-hander hit his first major league homer with two outs in the second off Chad Billingsley.

Huston Street pitched the ninth to earn his second save as the Padres won for just the third time in 13 games, including twice against the Dodgers.

NATIONALS 10, MARLINS 3: Jordan Zimmermann pitched a six-hitter for his third victory of the season, and Washington bounced back from a humbling weekend to beat Miami.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run and had four RBIs to lead a 16-hit outburst. Zimmermann (3-0) struck out six, walked one and threw 102 pitches in his second career complete game.

The Nationals were outscored 18-5 while being swept in a three-game series at home against Atlanta. They took out any lingering frustration on the Marlins (2-11), who came into the game tied for the worst record in the majors.

The Nationals had six extra-base hits, including doubles on three consecutive pitches. Ian Desmond had four hits, including a pair of doubles. Tyler Moore drove in three runs.

Washington scored four runs in the first inning, when its first six batters reached against Wade LeBlanc (0-3).

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RED SOX 3, RAYS 2: The Red Sox and Rays were making their way out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.

The Red Sox won on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning in Boston’s traditional Patriots Day morning game.

The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway — but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.

The game sent the Red Sox fans home happy — at least for a while.

With the score tied at 2, Napoli drove a line-drive double off the left-field wall that scored Dustin Pedroia from first base.

BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 3: Mark Buehrle pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh inning to beat his former team, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit solo homers, and Toronto topped Chicago.

Buehrle (1-0) went 6 1-3 innings in his first career start against the White Sox, allowing two runs and nine hits. The left-hander walked two and struck out three.

Right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-3) remained winless as the slumping White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games.

TWINS 8, ANGELS 2: Joe Mauer had a home run among his four hits and drove in three runs for Minnesota in a victory over Los Angeles on a cold, windy night that helped send several fly balls to the deepest parts of Target Field.

Kevin Correia (1-1) earned his first AL win after finishing seven innings for the third time in as many starts with the Twins, getting two double-play grounders to help him limit the Angels to solo home runs by Peter Bourjos and former Twins utility infielder Brendan Harris.

Angels starter Joe Blanton (0-3) was battered again for nine hits, one walk and four runs in 4 2-3 innings. Mauer doubled and scored in the first and led off the fifth inning with a homer to left-center. Trevor Plouffe also went deep off Blanton, and Justin Morneau drove in a run with a double.

ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 2: Jed Lowrie drove in four runs and Tommy Milone won his third straight start as Oakland beat Houston.

Nate Freiman added a three-run homer and Brandon Moss had three RBIs for the A’s. Oakland also benefited from eight walks — four in the first inning by Houston starter Erik Bedard.

Carlos Pena had two hits for the Astros, who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.

Milone (3-0) had a season-high six strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings and didn’t walk a batter for the eighth time in his career. The left-hander has won five straight decisions dating to last season.

The A’s scored six runs on two hits in the first inning to chase Bedard (0-1), sharp in his first two outings this season. He walked Oakland’s first three batters and watched his perfect ERA jump to 7.04.

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