CINCINNATI – That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.
Not to him, anyway.
Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led Cincinnati over Pittsburgh 4-0 for their first winning series this season.
Cueto (1-2) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 at PNC Park in the playoffs. He limited the Pirates to three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011.
Any extra satisfaction given what happened the last time he faced them?
I never think too much about those things, Cueto said.
Maybe it didn’t mean anything extra to Cueto, but his teammates got satisfaction.
For us to come together the way we have, especially against the team that beat us in the playoffs, it’s a lot of fun, Todd Frazier said.
BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 1: In Milwaukee, Wily Peralta allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and Milwaukee turned two errors into four unearned runs to end a two-game losing streak.
METS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2: In Phoenix, Dillon Gee allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and New York completed a three-game sweep and sent Arizona to its sixth straight loss.
BRAVES 1, PHILLIES 0: In Philadelphia, Julio Teheran pitched a three-hitter, Evan Gattis homered among a career-best four hits, and Atlanta rolled.
NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 3: In Miami, Jayson Werth’s homer scored three unearned runs against Jose Fernandez to rally Washington.
ORIOLES 3, RAYS 0: In Baltimore, Miguel Gonzalez and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, and Baltimore capitalized on two infield singles by Adam Jones in the win.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 2: In Arlington, Texas, Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as Texas scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney in a game that started as a battle of aces.
BLUE JAYS AT MINNESOTA, ppd.: In Minneapolis, Minnesota’s game was postponed because of expected wintry weather. It will be made up today as the second game of a day-night doubleheader.