Reds snap 9 game skid with 2-1 win over Rockies

CINCINNATI (AP) - Skip Schumaker hit a game-winning double in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds ended a nine-game losing streak - their longest in 17 years - with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Players piled out of their dugout for a wild celebration near second base after Schumaker's pinch hit ended the Reds' longest slump since they dropped 11 in a row under manager Jack McKeon in 1998.

Cincinnati had the second-longest losing streak in the majors this season, trailing Colorado's 11-game slide from April 28 to May 13.

Brooks Brown (0-2) walked Marlon Byrd opening the ninth. Kristopher Negron's sacrificed, and Schumaker hit an opposite-field liner that landed just inside the left-field foul line. Jay Bruce led the charge of Reds players onto the field, and injured pitcher Johnny Cueto poured a bottle of water of Schumaker's head.

Aroldis Chapman (3-3), who had given up runs in each of his prior two appearances, escaped a two-on threat in the ninth by striking out Nolan Arenado.

Colorado switched starters before the game, deciding to give left-hander Jorge De La Rosa a couple extra days to let a cut on his pitching hand heal. Left-hander Chris Rusin, who made 20 starts for the Cubs from 2012-13, was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill in.

Rusin gave up Billy Hamilton's RBI single and four hits overall during seven innings.

Michael Lorenzen gave up a pair of hits in seven innings, including Nick Hundley's fifth homer, in his return to the rotation. The right-hander started three games and was moved to the bullpen for a pair of appearances before making another start on Tuesday.

Colorado's DJ LeMahieu singled off Chapman in the ninth, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Cincinnati's Todd Frazier went 0 for 3, ending his seven-game streak (9 for 28).


Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez was back in right field after sitting out Monday's game with a stomach illness. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Reds: An MRI found inflammation in Cueto's pitching elbow but no significant injury. He will miss at least one more start. 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup after aggravating a sore toe on his left foot.


Rockies: Kyle Kendrick (1-6) tries for his first win since he beat the Brewers on opening day. In his last eight starts, he's 0-6 with a 6.99 ERA.

Reds: Mike Leake tries to pull out of his slump. He's 0-2 in his last two starts, allowing 14 runs and four homers in nine innings.


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