|Padres’ 3 HRs beat Reds 6-1, split doubleheader|
|Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:00 PM|
By JOE KAY
CINCINNATI — Rene Rivera hit the first of San Diego’s three homers and Tyson Ross allowed three hits in seven innings Thursday night, leading the Padres to a 6-1 victory and a split of their doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds.
Johnny Cueto pitched a 3-hitter for his second shutout in the opener of the day-night doubleheader, a 5-0 victory.
The Padres won their first series on the road this season, taking two out of three. They have won five of their last six games, their best stretch of the season.
Ross (5-3) walked five batters — including three in the first inning — and struck out eight, including Joey Votto three times.
Rivera hit a 2-run homer off left-hander Jeff Francis (0-1), who was called up to make his Reds debut. Francis gave up three runs in five innings.
Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso hit solo shots off the bullpen, their first homers of the season. The three homers were San Diego’s season high.
In the opener, Cueto extended his season-opening streak of domination against a team that has been shut out more than any other in the majors — seven times.
San Diego came into the doubleheader last in the NL in batting average (.222) and runs (118). Cueto struck out eight, walked two and threw 116 pitches.
Cueto is the first Red to go at least seven innings in each of his first nine starts since Bucky Walters in 1944.
Brandon Phillips homered off Ian Kennedy (2-5) and Zack Cozart singled home two runs, part of a 3-hit game for the shortstop.
The Reds got runners on first and third with two outs in the fifth and Phillips connected for his third homer. In his last 11 games, Phillips is 14-for-39 with seven doubles, two homers and five multi-hit games.
Cozart snapped an 0-for-15 streak with runners in scoring position when he singled home two runs in the sixth. Kennedy gave up a season-high five runs and 11 hits in six innings.
San Diego’s Seth Smith singled in the opener, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. He sat out the second game. Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier singled in both games, extending his career-best streak to 14 games.
NOTES: The Reds optioned right-handed reliever Nick Christiani to Louisville before the first game, then added him as their extra player for the second game. Reliever Kevin Quackenbush was San Diego’s extra player. Christiani didn’t get into the game but Quackenbush pitched the ninth.
YANKEES 1, METS 0
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter watched the last four outs of his final regular-season Subway Series game from the bench, pulled off the field during a double switch in the bottom of the eighth inning of Yankees' victory.
Alfonso Soriano's RBI double in the seventh broke up a scoreless duel at Citi Field between pitchers making their major league debuts. Rookie reliever Dellin Betances struck out six in a row as the Yankees earned a split of this year's interleague series between crosstown rivals with their second straight shutout.
David Robertson got David Wright to ground out to Jeter's replacement at shortstop, Brendan Ryan, with runners at the corners to end the eighth.
Jeter left after an 0-for-4 night. The Yankees captain came out when Robertson entered to face Wright. Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
BREWERS 4, PIRATES 3
MILWAUKEE — Khris Davis hit a game-ending two-run single and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied in the ninth off closer Mark Melancon.
Ryan Braun led off the inning by singling to right before Melancon (1-2) walked the next two hitters to load the bases with nobody out.
Up came Davis, who smashed his broken-bat hit into short center to drive in Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. Teammates showered Davis with cups of water in the face in celebration after he reached first.
Reliever Rob Wooten (1-1) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
The comeback spoiled the return of Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez from the disabled list with right knee inflammation. Rodriguez allowed solo homers to Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado but struck out four in his first start since April 19.
Gaby Sanchez's solo homer off Yovani Gallardo in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie to give the Pirates the lead until Melancon broke down in the ninth. Subbing for injured closer Jason Grilli, Melancon had converted his four previous save opportunities.
CARDINALS 5, CUBS 3
ST. LOUIS — Michael Wacha pitched seven innings and drove in two runs for St. Louis.
Wacha (3-3) had lost his last three decisions since an April 13 win over the Cubs. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed seven hits, including a homer, but did not walk a batter. He struck out five.
Trevor Rosenthal pitched 1 2/3 innings for his 11th save. Rosenthal, who blew a save Tuesday, inherited a 1-out, bases-loaded situation and gave up a sacrifice fly but closed out the inning and retired the side in the ninth.
The Cubs have lost nine of their last 11 and are off to the worst start in 39 games (13-26) since 2002.
Chicago starter Jason Hammel (4-2) gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 3.06. Hammel had six strikeouts.
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