Padres split doubleheader with Reds after 6-1 victory
AP Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
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 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 Khris Davis hit a game-ending two-run single and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied in the ninth off closer Mark Melancon.
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