WASHINGTON – The Cincinnati Reds twice extended Monday night’s extra-inning affair against the Washington Nationals with their gloves.
Todd Frazier finally won it for them with his bat.
Frazier’s two-run homer in the 15th inning lifted the Reds over the Nationals 4-3.
Brandon Phillips singled off Ross Detwiler (0-2) to open the inning and, with one out, Frazier homered to center.
“I (wanted) to drive something. I had two good at-bats before that. It’s crazy how the game goes,” Frazier said. “You’re 0-for-3 and then you get three more at-bats in extra innings and you go 3-for-3. So it’s like a whole new game and I got a ball up, elevated and tried to drive it.”
The Reds twice made two-out diving catches that prevented the winning run from scoring.
Phillips robbed Wilson Ramos behind second base with a runner on third to end the 11th.
In the 14th, Billy Hamilton got a great jump and made a diving grab in right center of Anthony Rendon’s liner with a man on second.
“I knew if I was going to get it, I had to go right away,” Hamilton said. “If I hesitated one little step, it would have been down.”
Logan Ondrusek (1-2) worked two innings, allowing an RBI single to Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the 15th before getting Danny Espinosa to fly out to deep right to end the 4-hour, 58-minute game.
Frazier’s home run also ended a 27⅔ innings scoreless streak by the Nationals’ bullpen.
Monday night was the first meeting between Mike Leake and Stephen Strasburg, youth league teammates in San Diego and 2009 first-round draft choices, with Strasburg going first overall and Leake eighth.
Leake left with a 2-1 lead after 6⅔ innings, and gave up a run and seven hits.
Strasburg went seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He walked only one, but hit two batters, both of whom scored.
Braves 9, Brewers 3
In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton homered to help Mike Minor win his second consecutive start in the Braves’ victory over Milwaukee.
Indians 5, Tigers 4 (10)
In Cleveland, Michael Brantley homered with two outs in the 10th off Al Alburquerque.
White Sox 7, Royals 6
In Kansas City, Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in four runs as Chicago climbed out of a five-run hole before holding on for a wild win over the Royals.
Kansas City leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 and scored a run.
Astros 5, Angels 2
In Anaheim, Dallas Keuchel came within one out of his second consecutive shutout as Houston beat Los Angeles.
Sabathia placed on DL
New York — New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is expected to miss at least six more weeks with an injured right knee.
The left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 11. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews last week and had his knee drained. Sabathia also received a cortisone and stem cell injection Thursday to treat a degenerative cartilage condition.
The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts.