CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds had a five-game winning streak snapped and that was just the start of the bad news Thursday.
Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win in 12 innings.
The Reds found out during the game that second baseman Brandon Phillips would be out six weeks after he has surgery on Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb. He was injured diving for a ground ball Wednesday night and an MRI on Thursday revealed torn ligaments.
Starter Homer Bailey left the game with a 1-2 count on Starlin Castro leading off the third. It appeared his spike caught on the mound and he was removed from the game with a strained right patellar tendon.
Then tempers flared on the field with both benches and bullpens emptying in the ninth but no punches were thrown and there were no ejections.
In the 12th, highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Castro's two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field off J.J. Hoover (1-6) that Skip Schumaker couldn't catch up to and. Valbuena was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The out call stood after an umpire crew chief request for a replay review to make sure the new rule regarding home plate collisions wasn't violated.
Blake Parker (1-0) pitched the last two innings and the Cubs snapped their losing streak at a season-high six games.
The Reds scored three runs in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks, who was making his major league debut.
Ryan Ludwick hit his sixth home run of the season in the third inning to give the Reds a 4-1 lead. Bailey's wildness provided the Cubs with enough baserunners to creep back into the game.
"It's baseball so you have these situations over the course of the year. Castro did a nice job getting the hit in the eighth. You have to acknowledge the fact that they played a nice ballgame," Reds' manager Bryan Price said. "He (Hendricks) worked around a three-run first inning and really held us down. It wasn't so much that it got away from us as they went out and outplayed us."