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Phillips’ clutch hit ends Reds’ five-game skid

CINCINNATI (AP) ― Brandon Phillips drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds ended their five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Monday night.

Cincinnati’s five-game slide matched its longest slump from last season, when it won the NL Central.

The Reds still didn’t hit much, but left-hander Cliff Lee helped them by letting in a run on a wild pitch in the seventh. Todd Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Bronson Arroyo (2-1) gave up pinch-hitter Chase Utley’s two-run homer in the eighth, but Cincinnati rallied against the Philadelphia bullpen. The Reds loaded the bases against Jeremy Horst (0-1), and Phillips singled off Mike Adams to break the tie.

Aroldis Chapman retired all three batters he faced in the ninth for his third save in three tries. He threw 100 mph fastballs to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard while fanning them to end it.

Red Sox sweep punchless Rays

BOSTON (AP) ― The Red Sox and Rays were making their ways out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.

The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning Monday in Boston’s traditional Patriots’ Day morning game.

The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway ― but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.

The players seemed unaware of the explosions as they were interviewed by reporters. In the Red Sox room, they dressed in suits and ties for their trip to Cleveland, where they’re scheduled to start a three-game series against the Indians on Tuesday night.

St. Louis 10, Pittsburgh 6

Toronto 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Washington 10, Miami 3

Minnesota 8, LA Angels 2

Oakland 11, Houston 2

San Diego 6, LA Dodgers 3

NY Mets at Colorado ppd.
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