The Cardinals couldn’t have picked a worse time to go on a season-high five-game losing streak. While they’ve been slipping recently, the Reds have enjoyed their best stretch of the year. With a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night, the Reds extended their winning streak to season-high seven games.
Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a pair of RBI singles while Homer Bailey did the rest, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. Symbolic of the team’s meteoric rise to postseason frontrunner, Friday’s win snapped a 12-game losing streak at Chavez Ravine dating back to July 28, 2005.
The Reds are now a season-high 20 games over .500 at 71-51 and enter play Saturday a season-high 4 1/2 games in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central.
Fresh off his seven-game suspension, Johnny Cueto will return to the mound to face Chad Billingsley later tonight. Meanwhile, Chris Carpenter will hope to end the skid for the Cardinals when he squares off against the slumping Tim Lincecum.
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Monday.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.