MLB: Padres rally against Reds' Chapman
Chris Denorfia hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Chapman (3-4) walked leadoff batter Yonder Alonso on a 3-2 pitch, then Denorfia drove a 98 mph first-pitch offering from Chapman over the center-field fence 423 feet away to deal the Reds their fourth straight loss.
Luke Gregerson (5-5) pitched the ninth for the win.
Mike Leake and Sean O’Sullivan, two San Diego natives, matched up against each other. Leake went seven scoreless innings, allowing four singles.
O’Sullivan, making his third start of the season for the Padres, went six innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked five and struck out one.
Reds center fielder Derrick Robinson led off the fifth with a triple off the fence in left-center. He scored when Cesar Izturis hit a grounder to first, which Alonso grabbed, touched first base for the putout then fired home, but Robinson just beat the throw to catcher Nick Hundley.
That snapped a scoreless streak of 22 innings for the Reds going back to the second inning of Saturday night’s game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. They have scored just three runs in their last four games.
Cincinnati loaded the bases in the fifth, but O’Sullivan got Devin Mesoraco to hit a grounder to short.
The teams combined to leave 15 runners on base through the first five innings — nine for the Reds. They also left the bases loaded in the first, while the Padres left them loaded in the third.
Leake got Mark Kotsay to ground to first baseman Joey Votto with the bases loaded to end the third.
The only batter to reach after the third against Leake was Everth Cabrera, who got on with an infield single leading off the fifth, but he was caught stealing by Mesoraco. Cabrera had two of the four hits off Leake.
BRAVES 9, ROCKIES 8: Andrelton Simmons drove in Dan Uggla from first base with a triple off Edgmer Escalona in the 10th inning, and Atlanta won its fourth straight game.
After Uggla led off with a walk, Simmons hit the ball too deep into the gap in left-center field for Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler to keep it from reaching the wall.
Scott Downs (1-0) earned the win after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels earlier in the day and arriving at Turner Field not long before the first pitch. The left-hander allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings.
Escalona (1-4) allowed one hit, one run and one walk on 12 pitches.
Gonzalez went 5-for-5 with two RBIs after missing the last three games with a sprained middle right finger. He drove in the tying run in the ninth off Jordan Walden.
METS 6, MARLINS 5: Ike Davis had a go-ahead RBI double in a three-run seventh inning, Daniel Murphy drove in three runs, and New York snapped a five-game skid against Miami.
David Aardsma (2-0) pitched an inning in relief of Jeremy Hefner for the win. Bobby Parnell retired Giancarlo Stanton with runners on first and third to end it for his 21st save in 25 opportunities.
Jeff Mathis drove in two runs for Miami.
Miami’s Jacob Turner was in line for the win when he was pulled with a 5-3 lead after 6 1-3 innings. But Miami relievers Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos (3-4) struggled to get out of the seventh as the Mets scored three runs.
BREWERS 5, CUBS 0: Carlos Gomez broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning with an RBI single, and Jeff Bianchi added a two-run double to lift Milwaukee over Chicago.
The Brewers, sitting in last place in the NL Central, won for the third time in eight games and ended the Cubs’ winning streak at three games.
Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 2: Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi homered over the center field wall leading off the ninth inning to give Cleveland a win over Chicago for its fifth straight victory.
Giambi, batting for struggling Mark Reynolds, belted a 1-1 pitch from Ramon Troncoso (1-3) high over the wall and into the bushes in center. It was the 436th career homer and ninth career game-winning shot for the slugger, who had a bucket of water dumped over his head by teammates after the game.
Chris Perez (3-1) pitched the ninth, allowing a two-out triple to Dayan Viciedo. He got out of the inning when left fielder Michael Brantley made a nice catch for the third out.
The Indians moved within 2 1/2 games of the idle Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The sinking White Sox have lost four straight and 10 of 13.
RAYS 2, RED SOX 1: David Price allowed just two hits over 7 1-3 innings to beat Boston for the second time in six days as Tampa Bay reclaimed first place in the AL East.
Price (6-5) was dominating in the makeup game before it was delayed for 39 minutes because of a brief downpour in the middle of the eighth. The Rays left-hander stayed in the game but retired just one batter before Joel Peralta relieved him.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 26th save. He gave up a single to Jacoby Ellsbury, walked David Ortiz and threw a wild pitch before Mike Napoli struck out on a 3-2 changeup to end it.
Felix Doubront (7-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in five innings for the Red Sox.
ATHLETICS 9, BLUE JAYS 4: Yoenis Cespedes homered and hit a two-run triple, Josh Reddick added a two-run double and had three RBIs, and Oakland beat Toronto.
Jed Lowrie singled home a run and Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly in Oakland’s four-run first inning. Cespedes led off the eighth with his 16th home run, snapping a career-worst 25-game homerless streak for the Home Run Derby champion.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, while Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie each hit solo shots against A.J. Griffin (10-7), who retired the first 13 batters of the game.
Esmil Rogers (3-5) was tagged for eight runs — six earned — on nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.
RANGERS 4, ANGELS 3: Geovany Soto hit a game-ending homer after A.J. Pierzynski went deep to tie the game earlier in the ninth off closer Ernesto Frieri, and Texas snapped a four-game skid bu beating Los Angeles.
Pierzynski led off by pulling a pitch into the right-field seats, his 11th homer this season, which snapped a 4-for-27 slump. Nelson Cruz followed with a single off Frieri (0-3) before David Murphy grounded into a double play. Soto, hitting only .198 this season, then hit a towering fly ball to left that easily cleared the wall.
Jason Frasor (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for Texas, three days after he gave up a game-ending homer in an 11-inning loss at Cleveland.