MLB: Phillips, Reds beat fog, crush Cubs 6-2

RED-HOT::The Reds cemented their supremacy over the Cubs with their 10th straight victory at Wrigley Field, spurred by a Brandon Phililips grand slam in the sixth inning

AP, CHICAGO, Illinois

Wed, Jun 12, 2013 - Page 19


Brandon Phillips hit a grand slam and matched his career high with six RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds extended their dominance over the Chicago Cubs with a 6-2 win on Monday night at foggy Wrigley Field.

Phillips had an RBI single in the first inning, homered off Scott Feldman (5-5) in the third and added a run-scoring groundout in the sixth for his fourth game with six RBIs.

Across town, the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays were delayed more than an hour because of a dense fog, but the Cubs and Reds were never halted.

Cincinnati have won 10 straight at Wrigley Field, eight of 10 over the Cubs overall this season and 17 of the teams’ past 20 matchups.

Homer Bailey (4-4) earned his first win since beating the Cubs on May 25. He pitched eight innings, giving up one unearned run and four hits while striking out eight to improve to 7-2 against Chicago, who fell to 7-19 in the NL Central.

Chicago have lost six of eight since a five-game winning streak.


In Los Angeles, Willie Bloomquist put Arizona ahead with a two-run infield single off Los Angeles closer Brandon League in a four-run ninth inning.

Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell barely held on for his 12th save as Arizona won their fifth straight against the Dodgers and improved to 6-1 against them this season.

Arizona closed to 3-2 in the ninth on pinch-hitter Jason Kubel’s infield single that scored Martin Prado. Gerardo Parra doubled before League (2-3) walked pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius to load the bases.

Bloomquist hit a sharp grounder that shortstop Nick Punto stopped with a dive behind second base, but he could not hold onto the ball and two runs were scored to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead, their first of the game.

Peter Moylan gave up an RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt, making it 5-3.

Juan Uribe pulled the Dodgers to 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth with a homer off Bell, who had runners at the corners with none out before escaping. Tony Sipp (3-1) got one out for the win.

Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig went three-for-four while hitting fourth in the lineup after batting leadoff in his first seven big league games last week. He was named NL player of the week on Monday.


In San Diego, California, Logan Forsythe homered in his first at-bat of the season, Will Venable added a three-run shot and Jason Marquis won his seventh straight decision to lead San Diego over Atlanta.

Both home runs came off rookie Julio Teheran (4-3), who had a no-hitter through 7-2/3 innings in his previous start.

Braves rookie Evan Gattis had a pinch-hit, three-run homer with one out in the ninth off Tim Stauffer to pull the Braves to 7-5. Jason Heyward homered with two outs, his second solo shot of the game. It came off Dale Thayer, who got two outs for his first save.

Forsythe was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day to take the spot of rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who was put on the 15-day list with a strained groin.

Marquis (8-2) held Atlanta to two runs and five hits in 7-2/3 innings.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Brewers 6, Marlins



Lance Berkman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 6-3 on Monday night to hand the Indians their eighth straight loss.

Berkman’s homer was his first since May 24 and extended Cleveland’s road losing streak to 12, their longest since a 16-game skid that carried over from 2009 into the second away game of 2010.

Robbie Ross (3-1) got the win after striking out the side following a leadoff walk in the seventh. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.


In St Petersburg, Florida, Daniel Nava hit a tiebreaking single in the 14th inning as the Red Sox beat the Rays after squandering two late leads in a testy game that included a bench-clearing scrum.

Red Sox starter John Lackey hit Matt Joyce in the back with a pitch in the sixth inning. Joyce, who homered earlier, shouted at the pitcher, but was restrained by Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as players from both teams streamed out of the dugouts.

There was pushing and shoving along the first base line, but it appeared that no punches were thrown and the umpires did not eject anyone.

Shane Victorino opened the 14th with a single off Cesar Ramos (1-2), then tagged up and hustled to second when Dustin Pedroia flied out to deep right field. David Ortiz was intentionally walked before Nava singled to center to put the Red Sox ahead.

Franklin Morales (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.


In Kansas City, Missouri, Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning and Salvador Perez hit a two-run triple as Kansas City got their sixth straight victory.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Orioles 4, Angels 3

‧ Mariners 3, Astros 2

‧ White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6