The Reds made a bit of history on Friday night against the Cardinals as they won in their final at-bat for the fourth consecutive game to start the season. They’re the first team to do so since 1912. They are a comfortable 4-0 to start the season. The other four NL Central teams have yet to hit two wins. In fact, the Brewers are winless in their first four games.
Despite Joey Votto’s best effort — he hit a pair of two-run home runs off of John Lackey — the Reds entered the bottom of the eighth tied at 4-4. With one out, Billy Hamilton drew a walk and promptly stole second base for his seventh stolen base of the season in as many tries. With first base open, Votto was intentionally walked. Hamilton then advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and Votto stole second base. Todd Frazier lifted a Jordan Walden offering to right field, bringing Hamilton in from third base for the go-ahead run. Aroldis Chapman took the mound in the top of the ninth and worked around a one-out single to earn his second save of the season.
Elsewhere in baseball: the Red Sox outlasted the Yankees in 19 innings; the Tigers finally yielded their first earned run of the season; Mark Buehrle won his 200th career game; Justin Morneau homered for his 1,500th career hit and his Rockies are a surprising 4-0 to start the season.
Your Friday box scores:
Blue Jays 12, Orioles 5
Cubs 1, Rockies 5
Astros 5, Rangers 1
Nationals 1, Phillies 4
Twins 6, White Sox 0
Cardinals 4, Reds 5
Tigers 8, Indians 4
Mets 3, Braves 5
Red Sox 6, Yankees 5 (19 innings)
Pirates 6, Brewers 2
Royals 4, Angels 2
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)
Mariners 0, Athletics 12
Giants 0, Padres 1
Rays 9, Marlins 10 (10 innings)
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.