CINCINNATI (AP) ― Johnny Cueto allowed only one runner to reach second base during his second complete game of the season, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer on Tuesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of their intrastate series.
Votto’s shot in the seventh inning off left-hander Tony Sipp made it 57 straight games with at least one home run at Great American Ball Park, the longest active streak in the majors. Votto added an RBI single as the Reds pulled away in the eight.
Cueto (7-3) gave up six hits, including Jason Kipnis’ RBI single in the first, and fanned seven. He threw 122 pitches in the sixth complete game of his career.
Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fifth off Jeanmar Gomez (4-5).
The Reds won for only the second time in the last eight games of the interleague series. Cleveland won five of the six last season.
Cleveland’s Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a seventh-inning single off Cueto. It’s the longest current streak and one game shy of matching the longest in the majors this season.
Brantley then was caught stealing when he took off for second base while Cueto was still in the stretch, allowing the pitcher to turn and throw him out.
Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 12 games.
Gomez gave up six hits and two runs ― one unearned ― in five innings. He also had his first major league hit, a single in the fifth inning.
A-Rod hits 23rd career slam
ATLANTA (AP) ― Alex Rodriguez took a grand swing into the record books Tuesday night, and now stands shoulder to shoulder with Lou Gehrig.
Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam, matching Hall of Famer Gehrig’s record, and the New York Yankees scored six runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 6-4 win over the Atlanta.
Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Cory Gearrin two batters after Rodriguez connected against Jonny Venters.
The Yankees had been only 10 for 67 (.149) with the bases loaded this season before Rodriguez hit his tying shot. Minutes later, Rodriguez paused to savor his shared place with Gehrig in baseball history.
“It means a lot,” Rodriguez said. “It’s very special. This game is very, very difficult. If you’re not going to enjoy these great moments, then it’s not any fun. Lou Gehrig is not only one of the all-time greats, but he’s one of ours.”
The Yankees matched their season high with a fifth straight win and moved into sole possession of first in the AL East when Tampa Bay lost to the Mets.
Baltimore 8, Pittsburgh 6
Washington 4, Toronto 2
Boston 2, Miami 1
NY Mets 11, Tampa Bay 2
Texas 9, Arizona 1
Kansas City 2, Milwaukee 1
Chicago White Sox 6, St. Louis 1
Chicago Cubs 4, Detroit 3
Minnesota 11, Philadelphia 7
Oakland 8, Colorado 5
San Diego 5, Seattle 4
LA Dodgers 5, LA Angels 2
San Francisco 6, Houston 3