Baggs' Instant Replay: Reds 2, Giants 1

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Baggs' Instant Replay: Reds 2, Giants 1

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SAN FRANCISCO Mat Latos still hates the Giants. And he loves to beat them.

The former foil from San Diego found AT&T Park to his liking once again Saturday afternoon. Latos pitched the Cincinnati Reds second consecutive complete game, taking a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning before escaping with a 2-1 victory over the Giants.

Barry Zito walked six but nearly kept pace with Latos while holding the Reds to one run in six innings.

The Giants only managed one baserunner Brandon Crawfords third-inning double against Latos until the ninth, when pinch hitter Brandon Belt tripled and scored on a ground out. But Latos struck out Ryan Theriot to beat the Giants for the second time this season. He also threw seven shutout innings April 24 at Cincinnati.

At least now Latos pitches for a team outside the NL West, so the Giants wont have to tangle with him again in the regular season.

Starting pitching report

Zito (6-6) issued six walks in six innings, but one was intentional and he wasnt missing by much. With his defense making plays behind him, Zito only allowed one run while posting his ninth quality start of the season.

He helped himself in the second inning, after Pablo Sandovals throwing error allowed Jay Bruce to take second base following an infield single. Zito fielded Ryan Ludwicks comebacker and alertly turned to get Bruce caught in a rundown.

The Reds were noticeably more patient the second time through the lineup. After Brandon Phillips singled, Zito issued consecutive two-out walks to Ludwick, Todd Frazier and Ryan Hanigan to force in a run.

Zito wasnt exactly all over the place, and the crowd sensed it. Even when he went 2-0 to Hanigan with the bases loaded, the fans responded with cheers of encouragement instead of the usual boos of derision. When Hanigan walked, the jeers seemed to be directed more at plate umpire Dale Scott than Zito.

Zito escaped the inning when he threw a 2-2 curve past Latos.

The left-hander needed some luck in the fifth after walking the first two batters. Sandoval made charging pickup of Joey Vottos dribbler and his throw to first base was in time only because the former MVP limped down the line.

(Votto was replaced by Miguel Cairo at first base in the bottom of the inning; the Reds reported that he had an inflamed left knee and was removed as a precaution.)

After an intentional walk to Brandon Phillips loaded the bases, Zito benefited from another lucky break. Bruce hit a spinning liner off the end of the bat to shortstop Brandon Crawford, and Stubbs got a bad read on it. Crawford flipped to Ryan Theriot for an easy double play.

Bullpen report

George Kontos allowed a run on two hits in the seventh inning, but his relief mates picked him up. Javier Lopez struck out Bruce while contributing his 14th consecutive scoreless appearance.

Then Brad Penny made his 2012 Giants debut, locating a 2-2 cutter on the outside corner to freeze Ludwick to end the inning.

Penny proceeded to retire the next six hitters in order.

At the plate

Latos nearly threw a perfect game at AT&T Park two years ago. He came darn close again.

On May 13, 2010, Latos outdueled Jonathan Sanchez in a 1-0 victory for the San Diego Padres. Only an Eli Whiteside infield single kept Latos from perfection.

This time, Latos completed eight innings and only allowed a third-inning double by Brandon Crawford down the left field line. Crawford was the only Giant to hit the ball hard off Latos. He also lined out in the sixth inning.

Other than that, they hit a bunch of lazy flies and routine grounders.

Belt made noise in the ninth with a pinch triple to the deepest reaches of right-center field in the ninth and scored on Gregor Blancos ground out to break up the shutout.

But Scotts strike zone got suddenly cavernous against Theriot, who took two borderline pitches and Latos notched a complete game with a called fastball on his 115th pitch.

In field

Sandoval committed an error but otherwise put on a Gold Glove display. He made a diving stop to rob Phillips of a single in the second inning but made his most impressive play in the seventh, when he laid out to catch Stubbs popped-up bunt attempt near the mound. Sandoval, who apparently got the wind knocked out of him while landing hard on the turf, stayed down for a minute but remained in the game.

Attendance

The Giants announced 42,135 paid -- the 125th consecutive regular-season sellout at AT&T Park. The giveaway was one of four bobbleheads depicting players from the 2002 World Series team: Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, J.T. Snow, Kirk Rueter or Robb Nen. (Chad Zerbe sold separately.)

Up next

The Giants finish their seven-game homestand as well as their season series with the Reds with a Sunday afternoon game. Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-3, 2.23) looks to continue his All-Star caliber first half against right-hander Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.13), who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his previous outing.

Former Giants top prospect earns first career MLB win with Twins

Former Giants top prospect earns first career MLB win with Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Adalberto Mejia made the most of his brief stint back in the majors with the Minnesota Twins by getting his first big-league win.

Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Chris Gimenez all homered to help Mejia and the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 in the second game Sunday to salvage a split of a doubleheader.

Mejia (1-1) was the Twins' 26th active player for the second game and allowed three runs in seven innings, on two home runs by Salvador Perez - who also went deep in the first game.

Mejia's reward for his first win? A trip back to Triple-A Rochester.

"I'm going to go down there and work on the things they told me work on," Mejia said through interpreter Carlos Font. "Then it will be up to them to see when I get back."

Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning, and Brian Dozier had an RBI double in the second off Ian Kennedy (0-4) in his first game back from the disabled list.

Brandon Moss hit two of Kansas City's four home runs in the opener of the doubleheader, and Perez and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers to lead the Royals to a 6-4 win earlier in the day.

With the split, the Twins are now 7-1 on the year against the Royals. Kansas City's win in the first game snapped a seven-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Kennedy, who returned after missing time with a hamstring strain, said he felt fine physically. He walked three batters and gave up a pair of two-run homers in just two innings Sunday.

"He was way out of whack," manager Ned Yost said. "His leg was fine. He felt normal, felt good. Just timing was off, rhythm was off."

MINOR'S WIN

Mike Minor's road back to the majors was not an easy one. Shoulder surgery kept him out of the majors for two years and resulted in a move to the bullpen.

Minor got his first victory since 2014 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in the first game Sunday. He relieved Jake Junis with a 5-2 lead in the fifth, two outs and two on. The 29-year-old left-hander walked Max Kepler, then retired Kennys Vargas on a popup. Minor retired the side in order in the sixth.

Minor had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in May 13, 2015, and did not appear in the major leagues in 2015 and 2016. Minor, who signed a $7.25 million, two-year contract with the Royals in February 2016, got his first major league victory since Aug. 28, 2014, for Atlanta.

JUNIS' FIRST START

Kansas City's Jake Junis, a 24-year-old right-hander, was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and made his first big league start after a pair of relief appearances. He allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, leaving after RBI singles from Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano.

Junis found out Saturday that he would be making his first career start. He didn't pitch deep enough to get the win, but impressed manager Ned Yost before the Royals optioned Junis back to Omaha after the game.

"I thought he did a nice job," Yost said. "We tried to get him through that fifth inning, but we needed to win this game."

ROYALS MOVES

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon missed the second game to join his wife, who is due to give birth on Monday. Infielder Raul Mondesi replacing Gordon on the roster but was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after the game. That means LHP Miguel Almonte, initially the Royals' 26th active player Sunday, remains on the 25-man roster. ... RHP Al Alburquerque was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Junis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Nate Karns had his pitching arm evaluated after Friday's start against Minnesota. Manager Ned Yost said fluid was found in the elbow area but Karns does not have a strain. Karns exited his start Friday after five innings and threw just 72 pitches due to stiffness in his arm.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with shoulder discomfort. Hughes took the loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Right-hander Kyle Gibson will take Hughes' place on the roster.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (5-2, 2.03 ERA) starts Monday's series opener at the New York Yankees.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday against Baltimore.

Heston makes first start with Mariners, allows seven in three innings

Heston makes first start with Mariners, allows seven in three innings

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SEATTLE -- Yolmer Sanchez had a two-run single in Chicago's five-run first inning, Derek Holland pitch eight strong innings and the White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 Sunday.

Tim Anderson had three hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, including his fifth home run - a solo shot in the third inning - and Matt Davidson added two hits and two RBIs. Sanchez's single in the first extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying a career high.

Holland (4-3) gave up a run and six hits while striking out six and walking two. He finished his longest outing of the season by striking out the side in the eighth inning.

Nelson Cruz hit his 11th home run in the seventh for the Mariners, who have lost three straight.

Seattle starter Chris Heston (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game to make his first major league start since Oct. 2, 2015, was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits in three innings. He walked the bases loaded in the first before giving up four straight hits.

Heston became the 11th pitcher to start for the Mariners this season, the most in the major leagues. In his only other appearance this year, he gave up five runs on seven hits in two innings of relief against Detroit on April 25.

LET'S TURN TWO

The White Sox turned four double plays, equaling the team's season high - set Saturday.

TRAINERS ROOM

White Sox: OF Leury Garcia was back in the starting lineup after missing two games. Garcia was hit on the elbow in Thursday's series opener.

Mariners: 1B Danny Valencia missed his second straight game after hurting his left wrist on a slide in Friday's game, and had an MRI Sunday. First baseman Daniel Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and started at first base in his place. ... Seattle manager Scott Servais said LHP James Paxton, on the DL with a left forearm strain, will probably have a rehab assignment at Double-A Arkansas later this week. If all goes well Paxton could return after the Mariners' upcoming eight-game road trip. ... OF Mitch Haniger (strained right oblique) will also likely start a rehab assignment this week.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29) starts in Chicago's series opener at Arizona. Gonzalez is 0-4 with a 6.94 ERA in his last four starts.

Mariners: Seattle has a day off Monday. RHP Christian Bergman starts Tuesday at Washington. Bergman is coming off the best outing of his career, when he held Oakland scoreless over 7 1/3 innings with a career high nine strikeouts.