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Frazier's 3-Run HR Lifts Reds to Opening Day Win

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Monday, overcoming another stumble by the bullpen and rallying the Cincinnati Reds to an opening 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto singled before Frazier connected against Tony Watson (0-1), snapping a 2-2 tie.
Johnny Cueto, the Reds' 20-game winner in the final year of a contract, opened his uncertain season with another dominating performance against the Pirates. He fanned 10 batters in seven innings before turning a 2-0 lead over to a bullpen that was a big problem last season.
Andrew McCutchen tied it with a two-run shot off newcomer Kevin Gregg.

Jumbo Diaz (1-0) got the final out in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman fanned two of the three batters he faced for the save.Frazier's 3-Run HR Lifts Reds to Opening Day Win

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CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved one win away from a sweep in their first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

The scrappy Celtics kept it close, just as they did in the previous two games, and trailed 95-92 after Evan Turner hit a 3-pointer with 2:45 left. But Kevin Love hit two 3-pointers for a 101-93 lead with 26 seconds to go.

Cleveland can complete the sweep of the best-of-seven, first-round series Sunday in Boston. No NBA team has won a series after trailing 3-0.

Turner had 19 points and Avery Bradley added 18 while Isaiah Thomas managed just five points after scoring 22 in the first two games.

Love had 23 points and J.R. Smith added 15 for the Cavaliers.

REDS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kyle Lohse bounced back from a poor start this season and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped an eight-game losing streak, beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Thursday.

Closer Francisco Rodriguez pumped his right arm and yelled after recording the final out. The win was a relief for the Brewers, whose 3-13 mark is the worst in the majors.

Jean Segura drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the seventh. The hit off Kevin Gregg (0-2) went to center field, and Billy Hamilton's throw home was up the third base line, allowing Logan Schafer to score.

Lohse (1-3) pitched seven neat innings after losing his first three starts with a 10.34 ERA.

BROWNS-CHASING QUARTERBACKS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns general manager Ray Farmer has heard the rumblings about his affinity for Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean he'll mortgage Cleveland's future for the Oregon quarterback.

Mariota is expected to be one of the first picks in next week's NFL draft, and because the Browns have two first-round selections, there's speculation that Farmer may move up to take him. Farmer made three trades in the first round a year ago, one of them to select quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the Browns have spent years searching for a franchise QB.

Farmer insists there's not one "magic player" who can change the Browns, saying "I don't believe in that fairy tale anymore."

In his first public comments since being suspended four games by the league for texting to the sideline during games, Farmer says he "messed up."

MLS SUSPENSIONS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Major League Soccer disciplinary committee has suspended Colorado midfielder Marcelo Sarvas for two games and Seattle defender Chad Marshall for one game for actions last week.

MLS announced the suspensions Thursday. Sarvas will miss Colorado's games against FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls, while Marshall will be on the sideline Sunday when Seattle hosts rival Portland.

Sarvas was suspended for fouling and then stepping on Seattle striker Clint Dempsey. Earlier in the same game, Marshall was given a yellow card for his hard tackle of Colorado's Vicente Sanchez. Sarvas and Marshall were also fined.

MLS also announced that Columbus violated the league's mass confrontation policy in the 33rd minute of its match against Orlando City last week.

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