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Reds Sweep Pirates With Second Straight Walkoff Win

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto added to his resurgent series with his first homer since May 10, and Gregory Polanco's ninth-inning error sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory and a season-opening sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
The Reds improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011, when they won their first five games. The Pirates hadn't lost their first three games of a season since 2006, when they started 0-6 on the road.
Votto hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth inning. The NL's Most Valuable Player of 2010 didn't play after July 5 last season because of strained muscles above his left knee. He was 5 for 14 with four RBIs in the series.
Todd Frazier led off the ninth with a double off Rob Scahill (0-1) and advanced on Devin Mesoraco's groundout. After Jay Bruce was intentionally walked, Polanco muffed Marlon Byrd's liner to right for a game-ending error.

Aroldis Chapman (1-0) fanned two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.Reds Sweep Pirates With Second Straight Walkoff Win

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INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT (AP) -- Victor Martinez drove in three runs, taking advantage after Cleveland pitched around Miguel Cabrera and helping Alfredo Simon and the Detroit Tigers beat the Indians 4-1 Saturday.

Cabrera drew four walks in a game for the first time in his career, three of them intentional. Earlier this season, the two-time AL MVP went 11 for 14 with six RBIs in a three-game series at Cleveland.

With Cabrera batting third, Martinez was in position to do damage hitting cleanup.

Simon (4-0) gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Ian Kinsler drove in the other run for the Tigers and Rajai Davis stole three bases.

Michael Brantley had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in Cleveland's run.

T.J. House (0-3) gave up three runs in three innings. He started in place of Trevor Bauer, who was scratched because of an illness.

CUBS-REDS PPD

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Steady rain prompted the Reds to postpone their game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, disappointing a big crowd that had bought tickets to see a reunion of Cincinnati's 1990 World Series championship team.

The teams waited 4 hours, 13 minutes before it was called off. No makeup was scheduled.

In addition to Saturday's rainout, the Reds have had three of their seven home games delayed by rain. They've also had three extra-inning games at home, including a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings on Friday night.

It was Chicago's second postponement of the season. A game against St. Louis on April 7 was called off and hasn't been rescheduled.

UNION-CREW

Finlay scores twice; Crew power past Union 4-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ethan Finlay had two goals and an assist, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara each added a goal, and the Columbus Crew beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Saturday night.

Kamara, Finlay and Meram each scored in the first half to help the Crew (3-2-2) build a 3-0 lead. Finlay added an insurance goal on a breakaway in the 73rd minute.

Kamara, in his 200th career MLS game, opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he settled Finlay's cross with a chest trap and blasted a left-footed shot into the net. It was his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Octavio Rivero for the league lead.

Finlay finished Waylon Francis' cross with one touch in the 32nd minute and Meram drove 40 yards by himself to score in the 44th.

Eric Ayuk scored on a header for the Union (1-5-3) in the 64th minute. The Crew had gone 272 minutes without allowing a goal.

JAMES-FULL-COURT SHOT

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James looked more like a quarterback than a basketball player, nailing a full-court shot Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

A shirtless James, wearing gray shorts, made a one-handed throw from the baseline in front of Cleveland's bench. The ball sailed through the basket at the opposite end.

Video of the shot was taken by James' longtime personal trainer, Mike Mancias. It surfaced on Twitter shortly after the end of Cleveland's practice before Sunday's scheduled Game 4 against the Celtics.

Cleveland leads the series, 3-0.

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