|Frazier lifts Reds over Brewers 4-3 in 10 innings|
|Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:00 PM|
CINCINNATI (AP) — Todd Frazier got a second opportunity and made the most of it.
Chris Heisey scored from first base on Frazier’s 10th-inning double into the left-field corner, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Sunday.
Frazier’s soft line drive resulted in an inning-ending double play in sixth, when the Reds had loaded the bases against Kyle Lohse.
“Fortunately, I got another chance,” Frazier said. “The best thing about baseball is you get another chance tomorrow. This time, I only wanted three innings.”
Heisey drew a two-out, four-pitch walk from Tyler Thornburgh (3-1), and Frazier followed with a line drive that one-hopped the wall. Heisey beat shortstop Jean Segura’s off-target relay to the plate to give the Reds three wins in their four-game series against the team with the majors’ best record at 21-11.
“Heisey grinded out a walk and then had to bust it,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “They played the ball perfectly.”
Third base coach Steve Smith had been criticized by some for having runners thrown out at home several times this season.
“I’m not known for my eagle eye at the plate. The key is not to get caught up in the moment and swing at bad pitches” said Heisey, who was inserted into the starting lineup when Jay Bruce was scratched with a sore left knee. “Any time the ball is down the line or in the gap, I’m thinking of scoring.”
Brandon Phillips greeted reliever Brandon Kintzler with a tying 425-foot homer to center with one out in the eighth, Phillips’ second homer this season and first since April 5.
Sam LeCure (1-1) pitched the 10th for the win.
Lohse allowed a season-high eight hits, including Brayan Pena’s home run. Lohse lasted 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs with one walk and two strikeouts.
“It was a weird outing for me,” Lohse said. “They did a good job mixing it up. At first, they were super aggressive. I tried to use that, and they starting taking. They made me work for the outs that I got.”
Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon, who hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his first five starts, gave up three in seven innings, along with five hits.
Scooter Gennett hit Simon’s third pitch of the game 357 feet into the right-field seats for his second homer of this season. The Brewers made it 2-0 in the third on Jonathan Lucroy’s two-out, RBI single.
Pena hit the first pitch of the third inning 456 feet over the right-field wall for his third homer of the season, all in the last five days. He left for a pinch runner with a tight hamstring in the seventh.
Khris Davis restored the two-run lead with a solo homer in the fourth. Cincinnati again made it a one-run game in the bottom half on Frazier’s sacrifice fly after Phillips led off with a double — his fourth hit in five at-bats since getting Friday off.
Milwaukee had been 4-0 in extra-inning games and 4-0 in one-run games.
“We need to send a message that we’re in this thing and we have to prove it to ourselves,” Price said after the Reds improved to 15-16. “Being around .500 isn’t what we’re all about.”
NOTES: Davis has 15 home runs in his two-year big league career, including five against the Reds. … Price expects LHP Aroldis Chapman to be activated for the Reds’ homestand that is scheduled to start Friday. Chapman is due to take Sunday and Monday off before starting and pitching an inning for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. He is to throw an inning of relief on Wednesday. Chapman is coming back from surgery to repair injuries to his left eye sustained when he was struck by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19.
Axford meltdown in 9th sends Indians to 4-3 loss
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three outs from their first three-game winning streak this season, the Cleveland Indians stumbled into a crushing loss.
John Axford gave up a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo in the ninth inning Sunday, silencing the small crowd of 13,455 at Progressive Field that watched a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings, including an Indians-record seven straight. Backup catcher George Kottaras, who had been in the minor leagues until Saturday, became the first Cleveland player to homer in his first two plate appearances with the team.
One swing by Viciedo changed everything. Axford, who walked two before giving up the home run on a 96 mph four-seamer, took full responsibility.
“I fell behind in the count to too many guys, and it didn’t work out,” he said. “I put two guys on base without me even challenging. I just couldn’t find it. The home run was on a fastball. Not a very good pitch, obviously.”
Axford (0-2) walked Gordon Beckham leading off the ninth, but struck out Jose Abreu. Adam Dunn walked, and Viciedo homered on a 2-2 pitch.
Kluber, who allowed three hits and two walks, left with a 3-1 lead after 110 pitches.
Indians manager Terry Francona, citing pitch count and the narrow lead, didn’t second guess himself for pulling Kluber.
“If anyone got on base, he was going to come out of the game, and I didn’t think that was fair to him,” Francona said.
Kluber had no problem with Francona’s strategy.
“That’s not my decision. I trust Tito’s judgment,” he said.
Kluber’s streak began when he struck out Gordon Beckham and Abreu for the final two outs of the third. He fanned Dunn, Viciedo and Ramirez in the fourth, and Jordan Danks and Tyler Flowers struck out beginning the fifth. Leury Garcia broke the streak by walking on a 3-2 pitch, and Kluber struck out Alejandro De Aza.
Kluber fell two strikeouts short of the AL record set by Doug Fister for Detroit against Kansas City on Sept. 27, 2012. Tom Seaver holds the major league record of 10 for the New York Mets against San Diego on April 22, 1970.
Cleveland’s previous mark was six by Bob Feller, Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot.
“It’s pretty cool to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bob Feller,” Kluber said. “It’s a nice byproduct of having a good game. I wasn’t keeping track. I just tried to stay in the flow of the game and keep it going.”
“He pitched his heart out,” Francona said. “That’s about as good as you can pitch.”
Axford has blown two saves in 11 chances, both against Chicago. He gave up a walkoff homer to Alexei Ramirez in the ninth inning on April 13 at Chicago.
“As a closer, when you have a hiccup, sometimes you lose a game,” Francona said.
Kottaras, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Columbus when Yan Gomes was placed on the paternity leave list, hit solo homers in the third and fourth. Kottaras had been 2 for 25 (.080) in the minors.
“I wasn’t planning on it,” he said of his day at the plate. “I wanted to go out and help in any way I could. It was a good time out there.”
Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI single for Cleveland in the third.
Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn missed the game because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Four of Abreu’s five hits against the Indians this season have been homers.
Chicago broke an eight-game losing streak at Progressive Field, it had lost 20 of its previous 26.
“It hasn’t been good to us here so to be able to come back and take one like this is pretty nice,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.
NOTES: Indians DH Jason Giambi (cramp in right calf) didn’t play. … OF Nyjer Morgan, who was called up from Columbus, replaced Bourn. He doubled in the fourth and singled in the eighth. … The Indians optioned LHP Nick Hagadone to Columbus. … Cleveland opens a four-game series at home Monday against Minnesota. RHP Zach McAllister (3-2) faces Kyle Gibson (3-2) in the opener.