Pirates Lose to Reds in the Ninth

PITTSBURGH – Todd Frazier led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking homer, lifting Cincinnati to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night after the Reds’ bullpen blew a three-run lead.

Frazier’s team-leading 16th home run to center field came off closer Jason Grilli (0-2) and gave the Reds their fifth win in six games. Cincinnati (34-35) also got within one game of .500 on its ninth try.

Billy Hamilton had three hits and two stolen bases for the Reds, while Joey Votto had two hits and three RBIs. Frazier, Brandon Phillips and Ryan Ludwick added two hits apiece.

Hamilton is 8 for 13 in his last three games. Cincinnati is 5-2 and averaging 5.3 runs per game since Votto was activated from the disabled list after missing three weeks with a quadriceps strain.

Logan Ondrusek (2-2) got four outs for the win. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save, getting Clint Barmes to fly out to the left-field fence with two runners on to end the game.

Josh Harrison matched a career high with four hits for the Pirates. He drove in two runs.

Starling Marte, Ike Davis and Jordy Mercer added two hits apiece.

Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to 12 games but came up short of becoming the first Pittsburgh player to have multiple hits in nine straight games since Rennie Stennett in 1971. Gregory Polanco became the first Pirates player to have a hit in each of the first seven games of his career since Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in 1955.

The Pirates used a three-run seventh inning to tie the score at 5 on RBI singles by Davis, Russell Martin and Harrison.

Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto’s hard luck continued as he gave up two runs in six innings of no-decision. Cueto scattered seven hits and four walks, but the bullpen failed to hold a three-run lead for him. Despite a sparkling 1.92 ERA, Cueto is 6-5 through 15 starts.

In two starts against the Pirates in April, he allowed one run and six hits in 18 innings.

Pittsburgh’s Brandon Cumpton gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings after winning his previous two starts.

Hamilton helped the Reds open the scoring in the first when he chopped a double into left field, stole third base and scored on a single by Votto.

Hamilton and Frazier hit consecutive singles to start the seventh and scored on another single by Votto as Cincinnati opened a 5-2 lead.

Cincinnati went ahead 3-2 in the fifth as Ludwick hit an RBI single, and Brayan Pena’s grounder scored Jay Bruce, who had doubled.

Pittsburgh got single runs in the second and third to move in front 2-1. Harrison hit an RBI double off the center-field fence in the second, and Martin drew a bases-loaded walk an inning later.



NEW YORK (AP) – Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 Tuesday night for their 14th straight home win over the Blue Jays.

Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole and the Yankees sent the AL East leaders to their seventh loss in 10 games.

Tanaka (11-1) struck out 10 in six innings and left with an AL-best 1.99 ERA. The Japanese rookie has made 14 starts this season – he’s gone at least six innings in every outing and never permitted more than three earned runs.

Dellin Betances worked two innings and David Robertson closed for his 17th save.

Pitching about 50 miles from his Long Island hometown, Blue Jays rookie Marcus Stroman (3-2) threw 98 pitches in 3 2-3 innings on a sticky night.


BOSTON (AP) – Brock Holt scored both Boston runs, Jon Lester weathered a shaky start and pitched six-plus strong innings as the Red Sox held off Minnesota.

Lester (8-7) has a winning record for the first time this season. The Red Sox have won two straight and four of six.

After needing 33 pitches to get out of the first inning on a hot, muggy night at Fenway Park, Lester settled down and took a shutout into the sixth. He left with one out in the seventh after striking out six and holding the Twins to one run, four hits and a walk.

Edward Mujica pitched the ninth and earned his second save.


ATLANTA (AP) – Ryan Howard homered and Kyle Kendrick won consecutive starts for the first time in 11 months for Philadelphia.

The Phillies, winners of two straight and six of eight, got a solid start from Kendrick (3-6), who had gone 2-11 in his previous 20 starts since last Aug. 11. Kendrick allowed six hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Atlanta has lost seven of 11 and 13 of 21.

Ervin Santana (5-4) continued to struggle, giving up eight hits and four runs with three walks in six innings. Santana, who struck out five, is 1-4 with a 6.17 ERA in his last seven starts.



PHOENIX (AP) – Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, including a grand slam in an eventful seventh inning, to lead Milwaukee past Arizona.

Lucroy’s slam to center came on Brad Ziegler’s first delivery after Arizona reliever Evan Marshall was ejected for hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch.

Marshall (2-2) took the loss, facing three batters without getting an out after relieving starter Mike Bolsinger, who was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day.

Lucroy had a solo homer in the sixth. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot for the Brewers.


SEATTLE (AP) – Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Jesus Montero got his first big league homer in more than a year to help Seattle sweep a two-game set with San Diego.

Roenis Elias (6-5) allowed three hits and struck out six without a walk in seven strong innings. Dominic Leone and Danny Farquhar each pitched an inning in relief.

Cano’s fourth home run of the season gave the Mariners a 4-1 lead in the fifth and was enough to chase San Diego starter Eric Stults after the inning ended.


DETROIT (AP) – Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas homered as part of a seven-run second inning, and Kansas City took over first place in the AL Central with its ninth straight victory.

Gordon and Moustakas hit two-run shots off Max Scherzer, and Kansas City has won the first two games of this four-game series emphatically. The Royals, who trailed the Tigers by seven games after a May 20 loss, now lead Detroit by a half-game atop the division.


CLEVELAND (AP) – Mike Trout homered twice and drove in four runs, and rookie Matt Shoemaker remained unbeaten as a starter as Los Angeles beat Cleveland.

Trout’s three-run homer in the fifth broke a 3-all tie and capped a four-run inning. He added a leadoff homer in the seventh. The two-time All-Star was 3 for 5, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, and has reached base safely in 35 of his last 36 contests.


MIAMI (AP) – Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Miami rallied to beat Chicago.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Chris Davis hit a replay-delayed grand slam to lead Baltimore past Tampa Bay.

Davis was awarded a slam off Erik Bedard (3-5) during a five-run third-inning after a video review showed his drive struck the foul pole. He reached second base on an opposite-field shot down the left-field line.



WASHINGTON (AP) – Anthony Rendon doubled twice and drove in three runs, and Washington opened a six-game homestand with a win over Houston.

Ryan Zimmerman added two doubles and two RBIs as the Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak.



LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hanley Ramirez homered before leaving with a hand injury, and Zack Greinke pitched Los Angeles to a win over Colorado.

Matt Kemp also went deep and Carlos Triunfel hit his first major league home run after replacing Ramirez.


ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Wacha escaped a pair of jams with strikeouts, Yadier Molina hit his first homer in nearly four weeks and St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games.

Wacha (5-5) gave up a run and five hits in six innings and Molina got his first homer since May 24.



CHICAGO (AP) – Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo hit two-run home runs, John Danks pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Derek Norris homered and drove in five runs, Stephen Vogt was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Oakland held off Texas for its third win in four games.

Tommy Milone (5-3) won his fifth consecutive decision, matching his career-best, for the A’s. Milone gave up three runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in improving to 5-0 over his last eight starts. He walked one and struck out three.