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Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cincinnati's Gennett equals Major League Baseball record


Tuesday night he was in left field and was in the throes of a 1-for-20 slump, broken with a hit in his last at-bat on Monday.

In the final days before the 2017 season began, Cincinnati plucked the second baseman turned utility player off waivers, adding a bench bat to its roster with no one really noticing, and then keeping him in a reserve role through the season's first two months. Gennett has done that by playing two positions -- third base and left field - that he had never played before prior to this season.

Moustakas hit his team-leading 15th home run against Ken Giles (0-1) with two outs after Salvador Perez singled.

That's four home runs in four straight at-bats.

Alex Gordon also homered for the Royals, his first since September 25 - a span of 192 at-bats.

Mike Minor (2-1), the fourth Kansas City pitcher, worked a flawless ninth. The Brewers turned three double plays for Anderson. Adleman (4-2) improved to 2-0 with 1.71 earned-run average over his last three starts. The streak is the longest of his career and the longest active streak in the major leagues. They dropped to a major league-best 42-17.

By the end of eight innings Tuesday, Gennett had six hits and 12 RBIs over his last six at-bats. He missed on a big swing against John Brebbia, and then hit the next pitch solidly - leaving one of those streaks on the barrel - for homer No. 4. He also became the third Rockies pitcher to hit a three-run double. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the third for Colorado.

Nola (3-3) gave up five hits and one walk and struck out six. After he smacked his fourth home run, Gennett said he "kind of laughed" as he rounded first base, no doubt as incredulous as the rest of us at what he'd done.

The native of Cincinnati put on the franchise's greatest display of home runs in history and tied a record in Major League Baseball with 4 home runs.

Hector Neris gave up one-out singles to Matt Kemp and Matt Adams in the ninth.

In some seasons he has played he barely had 4 home runs all season. The Reds won 13-1. He fanned one batter on a wild pitch, and struck out big-hitting rookie Aaron Judge on a 99 miles per hour fastball to finish it. The last time that happened to him was in 2013 against this very same Reds team. He is 13-13 in 35 career starts vs. Boston. He's been tagged for 27 runs and 11 homers in 22 2/3 innings during that span.

With the crowd of 18,620 on its feet, Gennett hit a two-run drive in the eighth off John Brebbia for a place in history and his second curtain call. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award victor retired 16 in a row over one stretch.

Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs as the Cubs remained ideal since returning home after a winless six-game road trip. Lagares tied his career high with four hits.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Yolmer Sanchez, Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia homered as Chicago ended its five-game losing streak.

David Robertson earned his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

DETROIT - Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron homered as the Los Angeles Angels beat Detroit.

New York's offense gave starter Jacob deGrom (4-3) plenty of run support early, with Juan Lagares, Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker each hitting home runs as NY scored in each of the first three innings. Below I pulled the two pitches which accounted for seven runs total against Wainwright, I believe they say all that needs to be said (blue dots). Avila homered for the Tigers. He became just the second player joining Mark Whiten that hit a grand slam amongst the four home runs in the same game.

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