MLB Wrap: Cueto's CG helps Reds beat Indians

MLB Wrap: Cueto's CG helps Reds beat Indians
August 5, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Johnny Cueto's fourth complete game of the season helped the Reds beat the Indians 9-2 on Tuesday. (USA Today Images)

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Cueto threw his fourth complete game of the season and the Cincinnati Reds, aided by a bizarre play in which a Cleveland runner was fooled by a second ball on the field, defeated the Indians 9-2 on Tuesday night.

The Indians, trying to mount a comeback in the seventh, had a rally squelched after an errant warmup pitch from Cincinnati's bullpen came on the field.

Yan Gomes' double cut the lead to 6-2 and moved David Murphy to third as a ball thrown by reliever Jumbo Diaz rolled behind second base. Murphy mistakenly thought that ball was live and edged off third. He was tagged out after the ball that was in play was thrown to Santiago.

Indians manager Terry Francona spoke briefly with the umpires, but the call stood.

The unusual play, along with Cueto's strong performance and a rare big offensive day by the Reds, helped Cincinnati break a 10-game losing streak at Progressive Field.

Cueto (13-6), who hasn't lost since July 2, allowed two runs in winning his fifth straight decision (see full story).

Marlins down Pirates 6-3
PITTSBURGH -- Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and drove in a run during a decisive five-run rally in the eighth inning to help the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Hechavarria's RBI single made it 4-2 after Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew bases-loaded walks from Justin Wilson to force home the tying and go-ahead runs. Christian Yelich capped the inning with a run-scoring double.

Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones also had two hits for Miami.

Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer had two hits.

A.J. Ramos (5-0) got two outs in the seventh inning for the win.

Jared Hughes (6-3) took the loss, though he could have gotten out of the seventh without allowing a run if not for third baseman Josh Harrison booting a potential double play grounder with one out (see full story).

Wheeler, Mets beat Nationals 6-1
WASHINGTON -- Zack Wheeler allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings to win his fourth consecutive decision, and Daniel Murphy's two-run single helped the New York Mets beat the NL East-leading Washington Nationals 6-1 Tuesday.

Wheeler (7-8) gave up seven hits and allowed a run on a wild pitch, but he was good enough on a muggy night when the temperature was 85 degrees at first pitch. The righty went 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in his first 16 starts, but is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven appearances since June 30.

When Wheeler was replaced after 109 pitches with a man on in the seventh, center fielder Juan Lagares ended the inning with a head-first diving catch of a sinking liner by Denard Span. Lagares was checked on by manager Terry Collins and a trainer but stayed in the game.

In Washington's sixth, Jayson Werth led off with a double. When Adam LaRoche followed with a single to left, third base coach Bob Henley sent Werth home. Left fielder Eric Campbell threw out Werth with a one-hop toss; the call stood after a replay review to check whether catcher Travis d'Arnaud blocked the plate.

In the second and third, Washington accumulated three hits and four walks off Wheeler but only scored once. That was pretty much how things went for the Nationals, whose Nos. 5-6 hitters, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper, were a combined 0 for 7 with four strikeouts and a walk (see full story).

Orioles use three homers to beat Jays
TORONTO -- Chris Davis homered and Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop went deep back to back as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 Tuesday.

Davis, Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy all had two RBIs and the Orioles won their third straight game, each in a different city. Baltimore beat Seattle at home Sunday and won at Washington Monday in a makeup game.

Bud Norris (9-7) pitched 5 1-3 innings to win for the first time in three starts as the AL East-leading Orioles moved five games ahead of second-place Toronto, which lost its fourth straight.

Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-8) lost for the seventh time in 11 starts, allowing four runs and 10 hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out three (see full story).

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