Frazier homers in 15th inning to carry Reds past Nationals


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 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.