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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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CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 victory Sunday.

Love left the court in the first quarter after hurting his left shoulder, and J.R. Smith was ejected for swinging his arm at Jae Crowder, but the Cavaliers held on to win a series for the first time since 2010, before James left for Miami.

Now Cleveland gets extra time before facing the winner of the Chicago-Milwaukee series. The Bulls lead 3-1.

The Cavaliers led 99-89 with 44 seconds left, but the Celtics didn't give up. Isaiah Thomas hit a layup and Avery Bradley sank two free throws to cut the lead to six before the ball went out of bounds off Kyrie Irving. But Gigi Datome missed a 3-pointer before Irving was fouled and made two shots.

CAVALIERS-SMITH EJECTED

BOSTON (AP) -- J.R. Smith has been ejected from Cleveland's playoff game after swinging his arm back and knocking Boston's Jae Crowder to the floor early in the second half.

Crowder remained there for a few minutes before leaving for the locker room. The Celtics said he had a sprained left knee and would not return.

Smith was charged with a flagrant foul. Isaiah Thomas made the two free throws then Avery Bradley hit a basket when the Celtics put the ball in play.

That just cut the Cavaliers' 21-point halftime lead to 57-40 as they went for a sweep of the first-round series.

CAVALIERS-LOVE HURT

BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Love has been ruled out of the Cavaliers' playoff game against the Celtics after hurting his left shoulder midway through the first quarter.

Cleveland's power forward was injured when he and Boston's Kelly Olynyk chased a loose ball into the left corner after Jae Crowder of the Celtics missed a 3-pointer. Olynyk's right arm became entangled with Love's left arm. Love then grabbed his arm and kept running toward the Cleveland bench before going to the locker room, where he was icing the shoulder and undergoing evaluation.

Olynyk was charged with a non-shooting foul.

Love averaged 18.3 points in the first three games and scored the first basket Sunday in Cleveland's attempt to sweep the first-round, Eastern Conference series.

CUBS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rookie Addison Russell doubled with the bases loaded -- one of his best moments during his first week in the majors -- and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-2 victory on Sunday and a sweep of their rain-shortened series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The 21-year-old second baseman was in a slump when he broke the game open with his three-run double in the fourth inning off Anthony DeSclafani (2-1). Miguel Montero had a solo homer and a run-scoring single off DeSclafani, who had a streak of 16 scoreless innings snapped.

The Reds have dropped three in a row overall. They went 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position during the two games against Chicago.

Jake Arrieta (3-1) pitched six innings after waiting out a 4-hour, 13-minute delay before the Reds called off Saturday's game because of persistent rain. The Cubs won the series opener on Friday night, 7-3 in 11 innings.

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