PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday.
The Reds won for the seventh time in nine games and reached .500 at 11-11.
The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span.
Cingrani (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Ludwick’s double in the sixth drove in Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. Both of them were plunked by rookie Brandon Cumpton (0-1), promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day.
METS 4, CARDINALS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Young homered to start New York’s comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the Cardinals to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April.
Colon (2-3) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none. Daisuke Matsuzaka finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000 with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League.
New York took three of four from the defending NL champions and has won four of five overall.
Lynn (4-1) had been 12-0 through April in his big league career, including one March victory.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Bolsinger earned his first major league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs.
Bolsinger (1-1) allowed one unearned run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Miguel Montero drove in two runs, and the Diamondbacks won consecutive games for only the second time this season.
Edwin Jackson (1-2) pitched seven innings. He retired 17 of 18 batters after Bolsinger’s run-scoring single in the second.