Bucs’ Rodriguez has solid return

The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Friday night.

Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 hits — their most in a nine-inning game this year.

In the fourth, however, it was a daring cat that stole the show.

The feline appeared on the field from the first base side, scampered behind the plate to the third base side and twice almost jumped into the stands before finding an unoccupied spot on the third attempt.

The cat escaped, according to a Reds spokesman.

The start was delayed 2 hours, 55 minutes, by a thunderstorm, and rain continued intermittently throughout a game that ended a little after 1:30 a.m.

Jameson Taillon, who threw a one-hit shutout against the Reds on April 8, allowed six hits and a run with six strikeouts and one walk in pitching into the sixth inning. Taillon (7-7) also drove in a run with a safety squeeze.

Rodriguez, who had been sidelined since June 25 with a right quadriceps strain, drove in Colin Moran from second with a single in the fourth to snap an 0-for-17 skid. Rodriguez added his drive into the left-field seats in the sixth on the first pitch after Cincinnati pitching coach Danny Darwin visited Tyler Mahle on the mound.

Marte’s eighth-inning slam was the second of his career.


n Jeurys Familia was traded from the New York Mets to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday for two minor leaguers and $1 million in international signing bonus pool allotment. New York gets right-handerd pitcher Bobby Wahl and infielder Will Toffey for its closer. An All-Star in 2016, Familia is 4-4 with a 2.88 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances. The 28-year-old right-hander has struck out 43 and walked 14 in 40 appearances covering 40-plus innings. The right-hander can become a free agent after this season. Familia had an abbreviated 2017 season due to a blood clot that required surgery. He was 2-2 with a 4.38 and six saves in 26 games. He had 123 saves for thr Mets, who signed him at age 17.

n The Milwaukee Brewers activated Ryan Braun from the 10-day disabled list after the outfielder was sidelined by a strained back. Braun returns to a team that has lost seven straight and fallen three games behind of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. Braun is hitting just .235 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs. Manager Craig Counsell says he expects Braun to improve after the outfielder had some bad luck at the plate in the season’s first half. The banged-up Brewers are slowly getting healthier, with starting catcher Manny Pina returning from DL on Friday from a left biceps strain. Outfielder-first baseman Eric Thames (right hamstring) and starter Junior Guerra (right forearm) are among other key players on the disabled list.

n The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to Friday, a day after Martinez struggled through five innings in a 9-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Martinez has dropped his last two starts. The Cardinals activated All-Star right-hander Miles Mikolas from the paternity list and recalled reliever John Brebbia from Triple-A Memphis. Right-hander Luke Weaver was added to the roster as the 26th man for Saturday’s day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals created a roster spot when they optioned reliever Matt Bowman to Triple-A Memphis following their 18-5 win on Friday. Weaver is to start Game 1 of the doubleheader. Mikolas is to start today’s series finale.

n The Chicago Cubs have added reliever Jesse Chavez to their roster and placed right-hander Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury. Chavez was acquired in a trade with Texas on Thursday for minor league pitcher Tyler Thomas. The 34-year-old Chavez went 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 30 appearances with the Rangers this season. The Cubs also recalled reliever Dillon Maples from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-hander James Norwood to their top farm club. Reliever Luke Farrell was brought up from Iowa to serve as the 26th man for Saturday’s doubleheader against St. Louis.

n Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because off a strained left oblique. The two-time All-Star is hitting .278 with 84 hits, eight home runs and 34 runs batted in in 72 games this season.