CINCINNATI – Xavier Paul kept the Cincinnati Reds winning in spite of themselves.
Paul led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit triple and Ryan Hanigan followed with a single Sunday as Cincinnati overcame three more errors to pull out a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Paul lined the first pitch from Shawn Camp (3-6) over first base into the right-field corner. Hanigan hit the next pitch to left-center over the drawn-in Chicago outfield.
I knew the ball was down the line and I had a chance for three, Paul said. I was trying to bust it out of the box. Theres a big difference between being on third with nobody out and being on second with no outs. On the first pitch, I was looking for a pitch I could drive. I went out with the mindset that, if I got a pitch I could handle, I was hacking. I got it, and luckily, I got a good swing on it.
Aroldis Chapman (5-4) struck out two in the ninth. Brett Jackson doubled with one out, but was caught trying to steal third.
The NL Central-leading Reds took three out of four from the Cubs and finished a 5-2 homestand. Cincinnati made 10 errors in those seven games, leading to seven unearned runs.
DODGERS 5, BRAVES 0: In Atlanta, Chad Billingsley combined with two relievers for a three-hit shutout to win his sixth straight start and rookie Luis Cruz homered for the second game in a row to lead Los Angeles. Mark Ellis drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the ninth. Billingsley (10-9) gave up three hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking two.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 1: In San Diego, Clayton Richard pitched eight sparkling innings and Cameron Maybin drove in three runs as San Diego snapped a five-game losing streak. The Giants dropped out of first in the NL West and trail the Dodgers by a half-game heading into their three-game series in Los Angeles. Richard (10-12) gave up an unearned run and five hits while improving to 3-1 with a 2.02 ERA in his last five starts.
PHILLIES 8, BREWERS 0: In Milwaukee, Kyle Kendrick (6-9) pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Philadelphia won after waiting out a rare rain delay at Miller Park. The game was held up for 7 minutes when showers popped up in the first inning with the retractable roof open. It takes 10 minutes for the roof to fully shut.
NATIONALS 5, METS 2: In Washington, Bryce Harper had a home run and a triple and Danny Espinosa homered to lift Washington. Gio Gonzalez (16-6) pitched into the sixth inning, giving up one run and seven hits, and the Nationals won for the third time in their past four games.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, ASTROS 1: In Houston, the Astros lost in their first game under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco as Aaron Hill homered twice to give Arizona a series sweep. Ian Kennedy (11-10) yielded five hits and one run with seven strikeouts in six innings.
ROCKIES 3, MARLINS 2: In Denver, Jordan Pacheco homered among his three hits as banged-up Colorado slowed down Miamis Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton went homerless for the first time in seven games at Coors Field.