Reds shed weight of world with walk-off win

Schumaker's pinch double ends club's longest losing streak since 1998

Reds shed weight of world with walk-off win

CINCINNATI -- It had been nearly two weeks since the Reds' clubhouse was filled with smiles, music and the spinning colors from the dance light that has become a custom following a win. With a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth inning, Skip Schumaker proved to be the guy who brought it all back plus something else -- sweet relief.

Schumaker's walk-off hit past third baseman Nolan Arenado and just inside the left-field line scored Marlon Byrd and gave the Reds a 2-1 victory over the Rockies. It snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak, the club's longest since dropping 11 in a row in 1998.

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Lorenzen provides Reds with long-awaited gem

Rookie exhibits longest, best performance to set stage for slump-busting heroics

Lorenzen provides Reds with long-awaited gem

CINCINNATI -- For the past nine games, during what seemed like an epically long losing streak, the Reds have been longing for more starts like rookie Michael Lorenzen had vs. the Rockies on Tuesday.

While Lorenzen didn't figure in the decision, a 2-1 walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth, his contributions could not be overlooked as he delivered his best start of his brief career.

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Schumaker eases Reds' pain with walk-off

Schumaker eases Reds' pain with walk-off

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' season-high nine-game losing streak ended when Skip Schumaker hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Rockies reliever Brooks Brown was on for his second inning of relief in the ninth, when Marlon Byrd drew a leadoff walk. Kristopher Negron's perfect sacrifice bunt moved Byrd to second base. On a 1-1 pitch, Schumaker then flared a hit over third baseman Nolan Arenado that landed inside the left-field line for the game winner that scored Byrd without a play at the plate. Teammates mobbed Schumaker at second base with excitement.

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Cueto's MRI reveals no tear in elbow

No timetable set for ace's return to Reds' rotation

Cueto's MRI reveals no tear in elbow

CINCINNATI -- Reds ace Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI exam on his right elbow on Tuesday afternoon and received good news. The test revealed no tears or structural damage in his elbow.

It is not yet known when Cueto will rejoin Cincinnati's rotation. The club will have a better idea when the right-hander resumes throwing on Wednesday. He will test the elbow by playing catch.

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Renewed Reds can claim series behind Leake

Renewed Reds can claim series behind Leake

The Reds and Rockies will wrap up their three-game series with a rubber game on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park after Cincinnati walked off in the second game to end a nine-game skid, while Colorado saw its winning streak halted at three games.

The Reds will start Mike Leake, who is looking to right his own ship after taking the loss in his last two starts. Leake's most recent outing was a 7-3 defeat in Cleveland on Friday, when he gave up five earned runs on seven hits over four innings.

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Phillips out due to second bout with turf toe

Reds second baseman aggravates injury in Cleveland; also sat May 13-14

Phillips out due to second bout with turf toe

CINCINNATI -- For the second time this month, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Rockies because of turf toe.

Phillips also missed two games on May 13-14 with turf toe, which is a sprained ligament inside the big toe.

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Soto, Ceprini to represent Reds at Draft

Soto, Ceprini to represent Reds at Draft

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Bruce confident Reds will rebound

Bruce confident Reds will rebound

CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce is glad he has started hitting again. He just wishes those hits would be contributing to a greater cause than his season batting average.

"The results are there lately," Cincinnati's right fielder said Monday after recording three hits in five at-bats during a 5-4 loss to Colorado at Great American Ball Park. "It [losing] makes it tougher to enjoy. The reason you want to do well is to help your team win."

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Reds can't power out of slump vs. Rockies

Reds can't power out of slump vs. Rockies

CINCINNATI -- Nolan Arenado put on a Memorial Day display of powerful hitting and dazzling fielding. But it was his execution of a fundamental -- a sacrifice fly in the ninth -- that gave the Rockies their third straight victory, 5-4, over the Reds before 20,516 at Great American Ball Park on Monday. It was Cincinnati's ninth straight loss.

Arenado had three hits, including an RBI single in the first and his ninth homer of the year in the fourth, off Reds starter Jason Marquis. The sacrifice fly came off Aroldis Chapman (2-3) and made a winner of Rafael Betancourt (2-1). John Axford earned his seventh save. Arenado also made several notable defensive plays.

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Mesoraco lands on disabled list

Mesoraco lands on disabled list

CINCINNATI -- All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco, who has struggled with a left hip injury all season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Mesoraco hasn't caught in a game since April 12 due to an impingement in the hip. He was able to pinch-hit in 13 games and start as designated hitter in four, hitting .178 in 45 at-bats.

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Marshall has a shot to pitch this season

Marshall has a shot to pitch this season

CINCINNATI -- Sean Marshall could pitch in a Major League game this summer. When Marshall considers where he was a week ago, that statement becomes pretty significant.

"It's mind-boggling, really," Cincinnati's 32-year-old left-handed reliever said Monday. "I can start throwing again in six weeks. A couple weeks ago, the best-case scenario was that I might be playing catch in six months."

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Mahle on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Mahle on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Reds' frustrations mount as losing skid continues

Reds' frustrations mount as losing skid continues

CLEVELAND -- Reds manager Bryan Price expressed frustration following Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Indians -- the Reds' eighth consecutive defeat.

"We saved our very worst when we needed our best," Price said after the road trip finished 0-5. "It was the worst game of the series, the worst game of the road trip, the worst game of the season. We needed a good game and we didn't show up today. I apologize for anybody that drove up from Cincinnati to come out and watch us play because this was brutal. … We're all brutal right now."

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Reds' rally falls short in 8th straight loss

Reds' rally falls short in 8th straight loss

CLEVELAND -- In a season of costly defensive miscues, the Indians were glad to be the beneficiary of some poor glove work by their opponent in Sunday's 5-2 victory over Cincinnati at Progressive Field, which clinched a series sweep. Three errors were made by the Reds infield, all of which led to Indians runs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer didn't have his swing-and-miss stuff working, but held the Reds to one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four, but perhaps more important, didn't walk a batter. That marks the first time in Bauer's career he went more than six innings without a walk.

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Reds' pitching staff gets boost from DeSclafani

Reds' pitching staff gets boost from DeSclafani

CLEVELAND -- The Reds are desperately hungry for a victory right now, but short of that, they at least needed a starting pitcher to give them a chance to win one. Despite being handed a 2-1 loss by the Indians on Saturday, Anthony DeSclafani gave them just that.

In seven well-pitched innings, DeSclafani allowed one earned run and three hits with two walks and six strikeouts for a no-decision. The game was lost by reliever Tony Cingrani in the bottom of the eighth as Cincinnati dropped its seventh in a row.

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DeSclafani solid, but Reds' losing streak at 7

DeSclafani solid, but Reds' losing streak at 7

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians extended their season-high winning streak to five games on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Progressive Field thanks to a late-inning offensive push led by second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis started a two-out rally with a single in the sixth and later came around to score the tying run. In the eighth, his opposite-field double drove in the go-ahead run.

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Price ejected before game starts on Saturday

Price ejected before game starts on Saturday

CLEVELAND -- There was a nice duel between starting pitchers and a tight game played Saturday that the Reds ultimately lost by a 2-1 score to the Indians for their seventh-straight loss. And Reds manager Bryan Price was not in the dugout for any of it.

Price missed all of the game because he was ejected during the exchange of lineup cards at home plate just before first pitch.

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Joey Votto's ridiculous throw completes slick DP

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Joey Votto's ridiculous throw completes slick DP

Good infield defense is pretty hard. It's so difficult that we're pretty sure it was one of Hercules' 12 Labors. Even though it's rarely published, right after killing the Nemean lion, the Greek warrior had to go join some Athenian pick-up game and turn a double play to prevent Sparta from scoring. It's history, we swear. 

But we bet even Hercules' double play wasn't as good as Joey Votto's in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Indians.

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Leake, rotation continue to struggle for Reds

Leake, rotation continue to struggle for Reds

CLEVELAND -- The Reds rotation is in a free fall and none of its members seem to have a working parachute.

The Reds' losing streak extended to a season-high six games with Friday's 7-3 defeat to the Indians. The starting pitcher was on the hook for all six losses, including Mike Leake, who labored with 81 pitches over four innings vs. Cleveland on Friday.

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Reds fall to Indians, losing streak at 6

Reds fall to Indians, losing streak at 6

CLEVELAND -- The Indians offense came alive for 11 hits and eight walks in a 7-3 victory in the series opener against Cincinnati on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco struck out seven over six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. Reds starter Mike Leake struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, five walks and a homer. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter.

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Top 10 keys to Reds' slow start

Injuries a factor, but lack of performance has club below .500 early

Top 10 keys to Reds' slow start

CINCINNATI -- If you thought I was above capitalizing on a moment like David Letterman's retirement from late-night television by writing a Reds-centric Top 10 List, well, you'd be wrong.

While this Top 10 about the Reds' 18-22 record at the quarter mark of the season won't try to duplicate the humor brought over the past 33 years by Letterman -- an Indianapolis native who grew up a fan of the Reds -- it will take a quick look at what's going both right and wrong.

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Reds find scoreboard, but fall short in KC

Reds find scoreboard, but fall short in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie tossed six shutout innings and Eric Hosmer scored twice and drove in a run as the Royals took a 7-1 win over the Reds on Wednesday night in front of 30,450 at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. He helped extend the Royals' scoreless-innings streak to 24, which tied a franchise record set in 1976. The streak ended in the seventh, when Ryan Madson gave up an RBI double to Brandon Phillips.

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Price confident in players' history with RISP

Price confident in players' history with RISP

KANSAS CITY -- The Reds arrived at the quarter pole in the 2015 season, and manager Bryan Price remains optimistic that the clutch-hitting numbers will drastically improve with roughly 75 percent of the games still to be played.

Cincinnati went into Wednesday's game against the Royals hitting just .194 with runners in scoring position, which ranked last in the Majors. But Price looks at the relatively small sample size and doesn't see that trend continuing.

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Games in AL parks allow Mesoraco to DH

Games in AL parks allow Mesoraco to DH

KANSAS CITY -- For the Reds, the side benefit of having five consecutive Interleague road games against Kansas City and Cleveland is that Devin Mesoraco has some opportunities to tune his swing as a designated hitter.

Mesoraco hasn't been able to catch since April 12 because of a left hip impingement, which meant his at-bats in National League settings were limited to pinch-hitting duties. But Mesoraco is taking rehabilitation steps toward catching again. Meanwhile, he can get multiple at-bats as a DH until the Reds return home Monday to open a series against Colorado.

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Cueto loses duel as Reds' skid reaches four

Cueto loses duel as Reds' skid reaches four

KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura silenced the Reds on four hits through seven shutout innings, and Mike Moustakas delivered two RBI doubles in a 3-0 win on a rainy Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Ventura needed just 88 pitches to get through seven. He walked none and struck out six. More >

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Reds' offense doesn't come through for Cueto

Reds' offense doesn't come through for Cueto

KANSAS CITY -- Johnny Cueto was good, but Yordano Ventura was better.

That's the bottom line for the Reds in a 3-0 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night. On many nights, Cueto's line of three earned runs allowed through seven innings would be a springboard for a Cincinnati victory. But there was simply no margin for error in Cueto's case as Ventura limited the Reds to four singles and didn't issue a walk.

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