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Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:00 PM


The Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Johnny Cueto woke up the Chicago Cubs.

The Cincinnati right-hander had a 4-run lead when threw a pitch over the head of David DeJesus with one out in the sixth inning Sunday, drawing a warning from plate umpire Bob Davidson.

Chicago rebounded as Alfonso Soriano hit a tying 2-run homer in the eighth inning and Welington Castillo had a go-ahead double in the 10th. The 5-4 victory stopped a season-high, 6-game losing streak.

“That just goes to show, don’t wake a sleeping dog,” Cubs starter Matt Garza said. “That’s immature on his part. ... If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he’s got a problem, he can throw at me and I’ll do the same. Hopefully, he grows ... up. I hope he hears this. I really don’t care. I don’t know if there’s anything between him and (DeJesus) but I’ll stop it. I don’t think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.”

Cubs manager Dale Sveum thought the high pitch to Cueto was a response to DeJesus taking his time to get in the batter’s box.

“He wasn’t trying to hit him,” Sveum added. “I think it woke us up. At least it woke up the bench.”

Cueto, who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, wasn’t in the Reds clubhouse after the game and manager Dusty Baker wasn’t asked about it. Baker was more concerned about the unavailability of relievers Jonathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman, who both had pitched two straight days.

“We went as far as we could with Johnny,” Baker said. “We had to turn it over to some other guys. They’ve got a job to do. That’s what they get paid to do. This is how they make their money. This one got away. We’ll start a new streak tomorrow. We’ve been playing good ball.”

Cincinnati, which had won five straight and 16 out of 20, plays the Cubs next in a 4-game series at Wrigley Field starting June 10.

Soriano singled in the seventh and scored Chicago’s first run off Cueto on Luis Valbuena’s two-out single.

Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double against Logan Ondrusek in the eighth — his third double in two games — and Soriano followed with his fifth homer of the season and first since May 13, a 394-foot drive to left-center.

J.J. Hoover (0-4) walked Scott Hairston with two outs in the 10th and Castillo followed with his double into the left-field corner.

Kevin Gregg (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings, stopping the Reds’ 5-game winning streak.

Garza, making his second start of the season after coming off the disabled list, allowed four hits and four walks, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

Cincinnati scored all of its runs in the fourth.

Jay Bruce hit a solo homer, his seventh of the season and sixth in his last 22 games. Ryan Hanigan hit a fly ball to deep straightaway center field with two on and DeJesus almost made a spectacular diving catch with his back to the plate. The runners held waiting to see what happened and Hanigan wound up with a long RBI single.

Zack Cozart added a 2-run double.

NOTES: The Reds drew 41,321 and sold out a series for the first time since July 30-Aug. 1, 2010, against Atlanta. ... The comeback win was Chicago’s seventh of the season. The Cubs have lost 16 games in which they led.


WASHINGTON — In a showdown of aces with disappointing records, Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels matched each other until the Washington Nationals scored five runs in the seventh inning of a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Strasburg (3-5) allowed five hits in eight innings, walked none and struck out a season-high nine, giving up a run in the eighth on his first big-league balk.

Making his latest no-support start, Hamels (1-8) struck out six and allowed only three hits through six innings. Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single started a rally that included a pair of errors and Steve Lombardozzi’s 2-run double. Hamels has lost five straight starts, has had only 20 runs of support scored all season when he’s been in the game and hasn’t pitched with a lead since April 7.


MILWAUKEE — Wandy Rodriguez won his fourth consecutive start, Pedro Alvarez had a 2-run double and the Pirates built an early 4-run lead before holding off the Brewers.

The Pirates have won 13-of-15 and are a season high 12 games over .500.

Rodriguez (6-2) gave up three earned runs on seven hits in five innings to earn the victory. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 20th save.

Pittsburgh got to Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo for a run in the second on Jordy Mercer’s 2-out triple, which scored Michael McKenry, who walked.

Gallardo (3-5) labored through just four innings.


PHOENIX — Patrick Corbin worked six innings without his best stuff to become the first Arizona left-hander to start with eight straight wins, Martin Prado matched a career high with four hits and the Diamondbacks beat the Padres.

Corbin allowed more than two runs for the first time this season, but helped himself with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning off Tommy Layne (0-1) to become the third Arizona pitcher to start a season 8-0.

Eric Chavez homered for the second straight game, Prado drove in a run in the seventh inning after getting three hits the night before and Heath Bell worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Carlos Quentin hit a 2-run homer and Kyle Blanks also had two RBIs for the Padres.


LOS ANGELES — Matt Carpenter drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single and Pete Kozma hit a 3-run double against Clayton Kershaw, leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Dodgers.

The Cardinals improved the major league’s best record to 32-17 and increased their NL Central lead over Cincinnati to 1 1/2 games.

Seth Maness (4-1) got credit for the victory in relief of starter Shelby Miller despite retiring only two of the six batters he faced.

Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 14th save in 14 attempts.

Kershaw (5-3) gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings and struck out five as his ERA rose from 1.35 to 1.68.


SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt hit a tie-breaking, 2-run double in the fifth inning to back a shaky outing by Matt Cain and the Giants rallied past the Rockies.

Buster Posey homered and Andres Torres added two hits and an RBI to help the Giants close a 6-game homestand with consecutive wins. The defending World Series champions play 14 of their next 18 games on the road.

Cain (4-2) matched his season high of five walks but allowed only two runs and two hits in five innings.

In his first appearance at AT&T Park, Jon Garland (3-6) allowed five runs — two earned — seven hits and four walks in five innings.

Last Updated on Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:07 PM

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