Reds' Cueto continues hot streak in split
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.
Giants 6, Marlins 4
At 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.
Brewers 4, Pirates 3
At 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.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 3
At 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.
Yankees 1, Mets 0
At 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.
Twins 4, Red Sox 3, 10 innings
At 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 in the series finale.
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.
Blue Jays 4, Indians 2
At 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.
Orioles 2, Royals 1
At Kansas City, Mo., Nelson Cruz homered and Baltimore snapped a four-game losing streak to remain first in the AL East.
Angels 6, Rays 5
At Anaheim, Calif., Mike Trout greeted Brad Boxberger with a three-run walkoff homer to cap a four-run ninth inning and give the Los Angeles Angels a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rays closer Grant Balfour came on in the ninth to try and protect a 5-2 lead for Erik Bedard, but walked his first two batters before giving up an RBI single by Collin Cowgill. Trout jumped on a 1-1 pitch from Boxberger (0-1) and drove it into the top tier of the double-decker bullpen in left field for his eighth homer.