Chris Heisey scored from first base on Todd Frazier’s double into the left-field corner and the Cincinnati Reds came from behind for a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in 10 innings on Sunday. Heisey drew a two-out, four-pitch walk from Tyler Thornburgh, and Frazier followed with a line drive that one-hopped the wall. Heisey beat shortstop Jean Segura’s off-target relay to the plate to give the Reds three wins in their four-game series against the first place Brewers. Brandon Phillips, who greeted reliever Brandon Kintzler with a game-tying 425-foot blast to center in the eighth inning, finished 2-for-4 and also scored twice. Frazier collected 2 RBI’s and Brayan Pena also went deep for Cincinnati, which is now 5 ½ games back of Milwaukee. The Reds are off tonight, but will return to the diamond on Tuesday as they start a two-game series with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
The timetable for All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman to return to the Reds has been set. Manager Bryan Price said Sunday that, if all goes well in two Minor League rehabilitation appearances this week, Chapman will be activated for Friday’s game against Colorado at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds activated utility player Skip Schumaker off the disabled list on Saturday before the third game of their series against the Brewers. Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield on March 21 in Arizona. Cincinnati signed Schumaker to a $5 million, two-year deal last November to bolster its bench.
An unprecedented five game sevens took place over the weekend in the first round of the NBA post season. Paul George scored a playoff career-high 30 points to lead the Indiana Pacers past Atlanta 92-80. Kevin Durant finished with 33 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past Memphis 120-109. The Los Angeles Clippers eliminated Golden State 126-121 to win their thrilling first-round playoff series.The Brooklyn Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 104-103 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Tony Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 119-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks yesterday, closing out their tense first-round series.
In a game dominated by millionaires and billionaires, it was a victory for the little guys when California Chrome pulled away down the stretch for a dominant victory in the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to win the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable. California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza finished the 1¼ miles in 2:03.
Denny Hamlin picked up his first career victory at a restrictor-plate track, grabbing the lead from Kevin Harvick and holding on when a late caution ended the race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin picked up his first win of the season, which started with a second-place finish in the Daytona 500. Greg Biffle finished second, followed by Clint Bower, Brian Vickers and A.J. Almindinger.
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