|Estrada, Brewers blank Reds 3-1|
|Monday, August 26, 2013 12:25 AM|
CINCINNATI — When Marco Estrada’s changeup is working, he’ll get a lot of out-front swings that result in weak popups. His fastball seems a lot harder to hit, too.
The Cincinnati Reds rarely hit anything hard off Estrada on Sunday, managing only one single in seven shutout innings while the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 3-1 victory. With the way Estrada was throwing, Caleb Gindl’s 2-run homer was more than enough.
His best pitch made a big difference.
“The changeup kept working, so I kept throwing it,” Estrada said. “I got away with a couple but I kept it down most of the time.”
The Brewers took two out of three from the Reds, who remain right behind Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the NL Central race.
Estrada (6-4) gave up Shin-Soo Choo’s leadoff single in the first inning, then left the Reds swinging at nothing. He walked two, fanned a season-high nine and retired 10 batters on popups or fly balls — usually a risky thing in homer-friendly Great American Ball Park.
Jim Henderson gave up Joey Votto’s 20th homer in the ninth inning while picking up his 21st save in 24 chances.
Right-hander Greg Reynolds (0-2) made his second spot start, this time for injured left-hander Tony Cingrani. Reynolds did far better this time, limiting the Brewers to five hits in six innings, including Gindl’s homer.
Jean Segura singled home another run in the seventh.
With the way Estrada was pitching, the Reds were fortunate just to hit the ball hard. Estrada fanned six in a row during one stretch. The Reds hit only one ball out of the infield from the second through the sixth innings, Zack Cozart’s routine flyout.
Estrada is on his best surge of the season. He was sidelined for two months with a strained left hamstring and has dominated since his return on Aug. 6. He’s 2-0 in four starts, allowing a total of only five earned runs.
“He had great command of his changeup,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He was throwing his curveball for strikes down in the zone and spotted his fastball well. When he’s got his changeup going and his curve going, they have to think about it and he can get his fastball by them.”
Gindl has shown a knack for noteworthy homers.
He became the first in Brewers history to have a game-ending homer as his first in the majors, a solo shot in the 13th inning for a 1-0 win over Miami on July 21. On Saturday night, he had the first pinch-hit homer of his career, also a solo shot during a 6-3 loss to the Reds.
He belted the fourth pitch he got from Reynolds over the wall in right for a 2-0 lead.
It was Reynolds’ second start this season for the Reds. Reynolds, who was Colorado’s first-round pick in 2006, also was called up from Triple-A Louisville to pitch the second game of a doubleheader on July 23 in San Francisco. Reynolds pitched at Stanford and had a lot of friends and family on hand for the game, which added to his nerves.
The second time around, he was much calmer and a lot better.
NOTES: The Reds put Cingrani on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back. They also moved RH reliever Jonathan Broxton to the 60-day DL. Broxton had season-ending surgery Friday to repair a tear in his right forearm. … Milwaukee’s Khris Davis doubled, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. … Choo stole the 100th base of his career. … Choo slid hard into 3B Aramis Ramirez’s left ankle while stealing another base. Ramirez grabbed his ankle in pain but stayed in the game. … The Brewers are off today before opening a series in Pittsburgh. The Reds head to St. Louis, with Mike Leake (11-5) facing Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons (2-4).
BRAVES 5, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS — Mike Minor bounced back from the shortest outing of his career with seven strong innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Atlanta, which has the best record in the NL, salvaged the finale of the 4-game set. Andrelton Simmons hit his 12th homer for the Braves, who closed out a 2-4 road trip.
Allen Craig had three of St. Louis’ eight hits for his 44th multi-hit game of the season But the Cardinals had a 4-game winning streak snapped.
Minor (13-5) gave up one run and six hits. Craig Kimbrel came on with two out in the eighth and picked up his 41st save in 44 opportunities.
St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn gave up four runs and nine hits over seven innings while dropping to 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in his last four starts.
PHILLIES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay pitched six effective innings in his return from the DL and John Mayberry Jr. homered for Philadelphia.
Cody Asche and Roger Bernadina each had two RBIs for the Phillies, who have won six of their last eight games.
A.J. Pollock had three hits, including a 3-run homer, for Arizona, which has lost four OUT of five.
The game started just 11 hours and 25 minutes after the final out at 2:12 a.m. of Saturday’s 7-hour, 6-minute marathon that set a record for length of time of a game for both clubs. The Diamondbacks won that one 12-7.
Halladay (3-4), coming back from midseason right shoulder surgery, allowed two runs and four hits. He was going to pitch his third minor-league rehab start on Sunday but was pressed into action when Sunday’s original starter, Tyler Cloyd, was one of 11 Philadelphia pitchers used on Saturday.
Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-4) gave up a season-high nine runs in 5 1/3 innings.
GIANTS 4, PIRATES 0
SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Vogelsong threw eight sharp innings for his first victory in three months, leading the Giants to the win.
Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs as the Giants won their second straight to split the series with the Pirates. Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias each drove in a run.
Vogelsong (3-4) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked one in his first win since May 20 against Washington. The right-hander used his longest outing of the season to lower his ERA to 2.55 in four starts since coming off the DL on Aug. 9.
A.J. Burnett (6-9) pitched 7 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs and eight hits.
Sandy Rosario finished the 3-hitter for San Francisco’s 11th shutout.
ROCKIES 4, MARLINS 3
MIAMI — Nolan Arenado hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the sixth and Colorado held on for the win.
Jorge De La Rosa (14-6) won his fourth consecutive decision, allowing three runs in five innings. De La Rosa improved to 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA in day games.
Five relievers then combined for four hitless innings, with Rex Brothers working the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances. With runners on first and second, Brothers got Ed Lucas to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Miami’s Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in two runs. Jacob Turner (3-5) allowed four runs — three earned — in 5 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 11, METS 3
NEW YORK — Miguel Cabrera hit a mammoth homer, Rick Porcello enjoyed a happy homecoming and the Tigers polished off a 3-game sweep.
Andy Dirks put Detroit ahead with a 2-run shot and the AL Central leaders improved to 12-5 in interleague play. They have won 34-of-49 overall, the best mark in the American League since July 2.
Porcello (10-7) pitched seven innings of 4-hit ball before the Tigers broke it open with a 7-run ninth. The 24-year-old right-hander, who grew up nearby in New Jersey, left 17 tickets for family and friends.
Travis d’Arnaud hit his first major-league homer for the Mets, who have scored five runs during a 4-game slide. Dillon Gee (9-9) lost for only the third time in 16 starts.