Reds benefit from replay

MIAMI (AP) – Cincinnati benefited from Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking to beat Miami 3-1 Thursday.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th home run for Miami and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.

With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Bryan Morris got Todd Frazier to fly out to right fielder Stanton whose throw to the plate easily beat Zack Cozart for what appeared to be the final out of the inning when catcher Jeff Mathis tagged out Cozart, who trotted in without a slide.

However, after a 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, the call was overturned because Mathis was ruled to be blocking the plate and Cozart was called safe tying the game 1-1.

Ludwick took advantage and followed with a two-run single to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.

Phillies 10, Nationals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and Philadelphia defeated Washington but might have lost starter Cliff Lee, who left in the third inning with an elbow injury.

Grady Sizemore had three hits and three RBIs as the Phillies pounded out 17 hits.

After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.

Lee, making his third start since missing two months, left the game, and the Phillies announced he had a recurrence of the flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May.

Antonio Bastardo (5-4) retired Span, the only batter he faced.

Gio Gonzalez (6-7) failed to make it through four innings for the second time in three starts.

Cardinals 6, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which avoided a three-game series sweep.

The Cardinals acquired right-hander John Lackey from Boston just before the trade deadline to bolster their rotation. They begin a big series against NL Central-leading Milwaukee on Friday in St. Louis.

Miller (8-8) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings in his first win since June 7.

St. Louis roughed up rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3) a day after playing what manager Mike Matheny called the team’s ugliest loss of the season, a 12-1 defeat Wednesday night.

Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable homered for San Diego. Despaigne allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.


CHICAGO (AP) – Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings, leading the Cubs to the win.

Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average.

The Cubs won three of four in a matchup of last-place teams. The Rockies have lost four of five and 11 of 15 overall.

Pedro Hernandez (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings in his first start for Colorado.

Hector Rondon got three outs for his 14th save in 17 opportunities. He retired three straight after Nolan Arenado and Justin Morneau singled to start the ninth.

The Cubs made one trade on the non-waiver deadline day, sending utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, reliever James Russell and cash to Atlanta for catching prospect Victor Caratini.

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