Padres salvage split with Cueto, Reds
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 three-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 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 two-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.
Cueto is the first Reds pitcher 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 three-hit game for the shortstop.
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.
GIANTS 6, MARLINS 4
SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey hit a go-ahead double as part of a three-run fifth inning and San Francisco held on to beat Miami.
Mike Morse homered for the second consecutive game and drove in three runs while Hunter Pence added three hits and scored twice for the Giants, who trailed by three runs before rallying to bail out struggling starter Matt Cain.
Cain (1-3) earned his first win of the season despite another shaky outing at AT&T Park. The former San Francisco ace gave up two home runs and allowed all the Marlins’ scoring in the first three innings before settling down to pitch into the eighth.
Garrett Jones hit his sixth home run for Miami.
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 one-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.
MINNEAPOLIS —Aaron Hicks delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th and Phil Hughes struck out eight in six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the series finale Thursday.
All-Star closer Glen Perkins blew his second save of the season, giving up a two-run single to Will Middlebrooks with the bases loaded that tied the game in the ninth inning. But Kurt Suzuki doubled down the left field line and Hicks, who entered the day hitting .161, lined a 3-2 pitch to left field off of Andrew Miller (1-2) to win it.
Mike Carp had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, but David Ortiz was a quiet 1 for 4 with a single after going deep twice in each of the first two games of the series.
Hughes gave up five hits and no walks and Chris Parmelee hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who took two of three from the defending champions. Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar each had three hits and Brian Duensing (1-1) picked up the win.
Clay Buchholz gave up three runs on 10 hits and struck out six in six innings for the Red Sox (20-20).
BLUE JAYS 4, INDIANS 2
TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, Juan Francisco also connected and Toronto gave manager John Gibbons his 400th career win.
Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the second off Danny Salazar and added a two-run blast in the fifth off C.C. Lee. It was his second multihomer game of the season and the 13th of his career.
Encarnacion finished 3 for 4, adding a double in the third.
Two batters after Encarnacion’s homer in the second, Francisco also went deep off Salazar (1-4) , who lost for the fourth time in seven starts.
David Murphy homered for the Indians, whose streak of series victories was snapped at three.
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ allowed one run and six hits in a season-high six innings. Happ (2-1) walked two and struck out four.
ORIOLES 2, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Nelson Cruz homered and Baltimore snapped a four-game losing streak to remain first in the AL East.
Cruz homered in the fourth after Chris Davis drew a walk to lead off the inning. It was Cruz’s 12th home run, which is second in the American League to the 15 of Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu. Cruz’s 35 RBIs are tied for second in the AL.
Wei-Yin Chen (5-2) limited the Royals to one run and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings with one walk and one strikeout. Chen, who is 5-1 in his past seven starts, was removed in the sixth after Salvador Perez walked and Alex Gordon singled with one out. Darren O’Day replaced Chen and struck out Danny Valencia and retried Johnny Giavotella on a fly to right.
Royals rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura (2-3) struck out nine and walked one in 6 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits.
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