Reds' Aroldis Chapman returns from eye injury, hits 102 mph
Sidelined since March 19 after getting hit in the face with a line drive, Chapman returns with familiar velocity.
AROLDIS CHAPMAN made his first major league appearance since being hit above the eye by a line drive during spring training, striking out the side in the ninth with his 100 mph fastball to close out the Cincinnati Reds' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies, 4-1, yesterday.
Todd Frazier hit his second 400-foot home run in 3 days to back Homer Bailey's shutdown pitching as Cincinnati won the rubber match of its three-game series with Colorado.
Chapman was greeted by a standing ovation from the home crowd of 33,143. He reached 100 mph with his first pitch and topped out at 102 mph in earning the save. Chapman had been out since March 19.
Skip Schumaker drove in two runs and the Reds capitalized on two Colorado throwing errors to send the Rockies to their third loss in four games.
In other NL games
* At Atlanta, Evan Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer, Jason Heyward added a two-run shot and the Braves beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, to complete a three-game sweep. Gattis gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead with his homer off Edwin Jackson in the fourth inning. Heyward added to the lead with his first home run since April 9, a seventh-inning drive off James Russell that landed in the Braves' bullpen beyond the rightfield wall.
* At San Diego, Will Venable homered and the Padres beat the Miami Marlins, 5-4, for their first three-game winning streak of the season. The surging Padres offense, which has scored 24 runs in the three games, also got two hits and two RBI from Chris Denorfia.
* At Los Angeles, Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez hit RBI singles with the bases loaded in the 10th inning after San Francisco closer Sergio Romo (3-0) gave up a tying homer in the ninth to Hanley Ramirez, and the Giants beat the Dodgers, 7-4. Brandon Hicks hit a two-run shot off Clayton Kershaw, and Buster Posey had an RBI single for the NL West leaders, who beat the defending division champions for the seventh time in 10 meetings this season.
In AL games
* At Toronto, Jered Weaver (4-0) won his fourth straight decision, Hank Conger hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBI, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Toronto, 9-3, for their seventh straight win over the Blue Jays. Conger went 3-for-4 with a walk. He hit an RBI double in the fourth, homered in the sixth and added an RBI single in the ninth.
* At Detroit, Eduardo Nunez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 win over the Tigers.
* At Arlington, Texas, A.J. Pierzynski and Mike Napoli had run-producing hits in the first inning against their former team and the Boston Red Sox (19-18) got above .500 for the first time since three games into the season with a series-clinching, 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. Napoli put the Red Sox ahead to stay with an RBI double, two batters before Pierzynski's two-run single.
John Lackey (5-2) struck out nine while allowing two runs over seven innings. He threw 75 of 105 pitches for strikes without any walks.
* At Baltimore, Jason Castro and Marc Krauss homered to account for all of Houston's runs, and the Astros beat the Orioles, 5-2, to avoid a three-game sweep. Jarred Cosart (2-3) allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings for the Astros, who had lost seven of eight before ending Baltimore's five-game winning streak. Chad Qualls worked the ninth for his second save.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Josh Tomlin won his second straight start, Nyjer Morgan and Michael Bourn both drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-5. Tomlin (2-0), who pitched just once in the big leagues last season after right elbow surgery in 2012, allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in his second outing this year.
* At Seattle, Alcides Escobar hit a grand slam and Johnny Giavotella added a three-run shot to give the Kansas City Royals a comeback, 9-7 victory over the Mariners. After Seattle took a 7-5 lead in the fifth, Kansas City scoring four runs off reliever Danny Farquhar (1-1), highlighted by Giavotella's three-run blast over the leftfield wall.
In interleague games
* At Oakland, Derek Norris hit a pair of three-run homers to back Scott Kazmir's fifth win in six decisions and the Athletics beat the Washington Nationals, 9-1, to complete a series sweep. Both of Norris' home runs came on two-out, 3-0 pitches from Washington starter Gio Gonzalez. The two players were part of a 2011 trade between the teams. Oakland won its four straight.
* At Milwaukee, Mark Reynolds had a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Brewers overcame Francisco Rodriguez' first blown save of the season for a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees. Rickie Weeks doubled just inside the first-base line with one out before going to third on a wild pitch by reliever Adam Warren (1-2). Reynolds, who briefly played for New York last year, hit a hard chopper past diving third baseman Yangervis Solarte at third to drive in Weeks two batters later.
* At Chicago, Chase Anderson won his major league debut, Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the White Sox, 5-1. Recalled Tuesday from Double A Mobile, Anderson (1-0) hadn't seen any action until yesterday and he made his first big-league appearance count, at one point retiring 12 consecutive batters. He allowed one run and only two hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six, helping Arizona win for the fourth time in five games and secure its third consecutive series win for the first time since June 2012.