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Reds fall to Cards 4-1 for 1st loss of season

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto turned in another great start for the Cincinnati Reds, and the ace right-hander is still looking for his first win of the season.

Cueto pitched seven sharp innings, but Matt Adams hit a tiebreaking homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-1 victory on Saturday that stopped Cincinnati's season-opening win streak at four games.

Reds third baseman Todd Frazier homered on his bobblehead day, but he also committed an error that helped set up Kolten Wong's sacrifice fly in the second. Adams led off the fourth with his first homer, and Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina each had a run-scoring single in the ninth.

Cueto (0-1) was charged with two runs, one earned, and four hits. He pitched seven shutout innings in the Reds' 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh on opening day.

"Johnny pitched seven great innings," manager Bryan Price said. "He had plenty left, but we didn't have much going on offense so I had to hit for him."

The Reds' Nos. 4 through 7 batters were a combined 1 for 15. Cincinnati went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings in his first game of the season. He stranded a runner in scoring position in each of his last four full innings.

Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals' fifth relief pitcher, got five outs for his second save.

Adams led off the fourth inning by driving an 0-1 pitch 355 feet down the right-field line and onto the netting above the visitors' bullpen. Adams' seventh homer in 30 career games against Cincinnati lifted St. Louis to a 2-1 lead.

"I work to keep the ball down," Cueto said. "I did except the one to Adams and he took it out. I was thinking of going eight innings."

Frazier got Cincinnati off to a nice start before a sellout crowd of 41,525, connecting with two outs in the first for his third homer.

But the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the second, and Wong's fly ball to right tied it at 1. Frazier's miscue on Peralta's sharp one-hopper was Cincinnati's first error of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Jon Jay returned to the starting lineup after getting Friday off.

Reds: The Reds have used the same starting lineup for their first five games after being able to use last year's projected starting eight just 12 times all season. The last time the Reds used the same lineup for a season's first five games was 1989, according to Elias Sports as reported by the team.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: After 11 career relief appearances against the Reds, Carlos Martinez makes his first start against Cincinnati and his first start of the season Sunday. The right-hander pitched a scoreless inning a week ago against the Cubs in Chicago.

Reds: Cuban RHP Raisel Iglesias is set to make his major league debut with a start on Sunday.

PACK `EM IN

Saturday's sellout crowd was Cincinnati's second in five games. The Reds needed 23 games to get their second sellout last season.

BIRD'S A TARGET

Jay led the majors when he was hit by a pitch 20 times in 2014. He was hit for the first time in 2015 in the second inning, helping the Cardinals tie it at 1.

CHALLENGE THIS

The Reds challenged a call at first base. First base umpire Kerwin Danley ruled that Zack Cozart's throw on a ground ball by Randall Grichuk pulled Joey Votto off the base. The call stood after a 2:02 delay. It was the first challenge by either team in the first five games.

"You never know what play will turn the game around," Price said. "Everyone could tell he was out but I knew they wouldn't have enough to overturn it. None of the camera angles were tight enough."

The loss of a challenge prevented Price from requesting a review of a play at the plate in the ninth.
Reds fall to Cards 4-1 for 1st loss of season

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INDIANS-TIGERS

DETROIT (AP) -- Jerry Sands homered, tripled and scored twice and Josh Tomlin pitched a four-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 Friday night.

The Indians have won 10 of 14 as they try to stay in the American League wild-card race. Detroit has lost seven of eight and been outscored 71-21 in that stretch.

Tomlin (4-1) was moved up a day after scheduled starter Corey Kluber couldn't overcome a hamstring strain sustained in a bullpen session earlier in the week. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. His last complete game was June 28, 2014 in Seattle.

Kyle Lobstein (3-6), who had been sidelined since May 23 with a shoulder injury, allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

BREWERS-REDS PPD

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Storms moved into the area shortly before the start of the Milwaukee Brewers' scheduled game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night and didn't relent, prompting the third postponement this season at Great American Ball Park.

The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with the makeup game at 6:10 p.m. It's Milwaukee's final visit to Cincinnati, where the Brewers have won their last four games. They lead the season series 7-6.

There's nothing at stake for either team. Milwaukee is fourth in the NL Central at 58-75, trailing first-place St. Louis by 28 games. The Reds are last at 55-77, trailing by 30 1/2 games.

It was the 15th rain delay at Great American this season totaling 21 hours, 46 minutes. Including road games, the Reds have been involved in 21 weather delays lasting a combined 27 hours, 45 minutes.

INDIANS-KLUBER SCRATCHED

DETROIT (AP) -- The Indians scratched ace Corey Kluber from his scheduled start against the Tigers because of a strained right hamstring.

Kluber, last season's AL Cy Young winner, couldn't overcome the strain sustained in a bullpen session earlier in the week.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona expects Kluber to miss at least 10 days. If right-hander Carlos Carrasco gets though a Saturday bullpen with no setbacks to his shoulder, he will replace Kluber in the rotation.

Josh Tomlin replaced Kluber Friday night to start the series opener at Comerica Park. He allowed one run and a walk while striking out six. It was his third complete game, with the last one coming June 28, 2014, in Seattle.

Danny Salazar will pitch Saturday, and the Indians have not yet named Sunday's starter.

Kluber is 8-13 with a 3.41 ERA, but the right-hander has pitched much better than his record shows as Cleveland's offense hasn't given him much run support. He leads the league with 200 1/3 innings and is third with 219 strikeouts.

BROWNS-MANZIEL

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been throwing tennis and weighted balls as he recovers from a sore right elbow.

Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel is "on schedule" in his rehab program and that he could begin throwing a football again as early as Friday. Manziel has been dealing with tendinitis in his forearm and elbow, a condition that has bothered him since his freshman year at Texas A&M.

Manziel hasn't thrown a football since Aug. 11 and the Browns sat him in their final two exhibitions. There's a chance Manziel may not be ready for the Sept. 13 season opener. Thad Lewis has moved ahead of Manziel as the backup to starter Josh McCown.

Pettine said the team has not yet decided if it will keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

KENT STATE-ILLINOIS-LIGHTNING

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Kent State and Illinois postponed their season-opening game until Saturday after a lightning delay of almost three hours on Friday night.

The school's athletic directors decided to push the game back to a 1 p.m. Central time kickoff. Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said it will not be televised.

Brown said tickets to Friday's game will be honored Saturday.

The lightning rolled into the Champaign area around 7:30 p.m. Kickoff was scheduled for just after 8 p.m.

Many fans waited in the concourses of Memorial Stadium through the delay.

Kent State sports information director Aaron Chimenti said the Golden Flashes were looking late Friday for hotel rooms for a party of about 145 people. He estimated the cost of the extra night at about $8,000, not including meals.

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