Johnny Cueto enjoyed the hugs and the applause. The Reds roughed up Cueto in his return to Great American Ball Park, but the San Francisco Giants rallied against Cincinnati's historically bad bullpen, riding Brandon Crawford's three-run homer to a 9-6 victory Monday night. Joey Votto hit a three-run homer as the Reds piled up six runs in the third inning off Cueto, who got a warm welcome from his former teammates and fans before the game.
Adam Wainwright pitched six innings and hit a three-run home run - the first of five for St. Louis - as the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Matt Adams, rookie Aledmys Diaz and Randal Grichuk added solo homers and Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to help St. Louis overcome a 3-0 deficit and avoid its first five-game slide since losing seven straight from July 26-31, 2013. Wainwright, who has struggled since missing most of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, has won two straight.
Fresh off being named the American League's top rookie in April, Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara started making his case for a repeat victory in May. Mazara hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth, then threw out the potential tying run at home plate in the bottom half of the inning, helping Texas beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games. ''Mazara just continues to impress all of us,'' manager Jeff Banister said.
Jimmy Nelson pitched seven strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Monday night. Ryan Braun reached base four times as the Brewers ended an eight-game home losing streak to the Angels, the last win coming in May 1997 at County Stadium. Milwaukee had lost six straight to the Angels at Miller Park.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a $95 million free agent who lost his starting job before going on the disabled list, will have exploratory surgery on his left shoulder to determine the source of the injury. The team announced Monday the procedure will be performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews, a specialist in repairing ligaments. The Red Sox said they had no timetable for Sandoval's return, but ESPN reported that the two-time All-Star is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Lucas Duda and the New York Mets gladly got into a game of home run derby with the Atlanta Braves. David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Duda hit loud homers in the first inning as the Mets teed off to back Bartolo Colon, beating Atlanta 4-1 on Monday night for their ninth win in 10 games. ''Everybody kind of clicked together,'' Duda said.
Jason Hammel raised his record to 4-0 and Anthony Rizzo hit two doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night. Rizzo hit an RBI double and scored in the third inning as the Cubs went ahead 2-1, then doubled again during a four-run fifth that pushed the lead to 6-1. The Cubs improved to 18-6, tops in the major leagues, and avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season while winning for the fifth time in six games.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was suspended Monday for 80 games following a positive test under Major League Baseball's drug program. Ravin is the eighth player suspended this year under the big league program and the fourth in three weeks. Ravin blamed the positive test on a supplement he took during spring training after a bout with intestinal flu and strep throat caused him to lose 20 pounds in about a week.