Reds don’t support Cueto in loss to KC

Published 2:40 am Wednesday, May 20, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When Johnny Cueto starts for Cincinnati, the Reds’ offense usually takes the day off.

That was the case again Tuesday night.

Yordano Ventura, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined on a four-hitter and the Kansas City Royals beat the Reds 3-0.

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The Royals, who beat the New York Yankees 6-0 on Sunday, logged consecutive shutouts for the first time since Sept. 29-30, 1992, when Dennis Rasmussen and Rick Reed blanked the California Angels.

Cueto (3-4) allowed three runs and nine hits, while walking one and striking out four. In Cueto’s four losses, the Reds have scored a total of two runs.

“I did my job and I expect the rest of the team to do their job,” Cueto said through a translator. “You want to have a little more run support but there’s nothing you can do. They’re a good team. There are no excuses. I did what I had to do.”

Reds manager Bryan Price knows lack of run support can exasperate any pitcher.

“When you’re the No. 1 you’re matching up with other teams’ No. 1 or No. 2, that’s your responsibility,” Price said. “You force them to beat you with their bats and that’s what they did. He was in the zone with his fastball and changeup and kept his curve down. He did his job. It can be frustrating but that’s life. That’s baseball.”

The Reds have lost four straight, matching their longest streak of the season.

Ventura (3-3), who was 0-3 in his five previous starts since a victory on April 12, allowed four singles, struck out six and walked none. He reached a three-ball count on only four hitters and retired all of them, lowering his ERA to 4.56.

“Cueto’s one of the best pitchers in the game,” said Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who went 0 for 3. “We’ve got to come through for him, regardless of who else is on the mound for the other team. We just have to step our game up.”

Herrera gave up a walk in the eighth, but nothing else. Davis worked a spotless ninth, claiming his seventh save in as many opportunities. Royals manager Ned Yost said Davis pitched the ninth because closer Greg Holland woke up with a stiff neck.

Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with two doubles and drove in two runs. His double in the fifth drove in one run and his seventh-inning double made it 3-0.

Infante, who had two hits, drove home the other run with a two-out single in the second.


The Royals hit three doubles bringing their major league-leading total to 85.


SS Rafael Furcal, who signed a minor league contract with the Royals in spring training, announced he is retiring after 14 seasons in the majors. He combined to hit .240 in seven games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Single-A Wilmington. Furcal, 37, was the 2000 National League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2003, 2010 and 2012. He retires with a .281 average, appearing in postseason play 10 times.


Reds: LHP Manny Parra (strained neck) struck out all three Norfolk batters he faced to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. … DH Devin Mesoraco (left hip impingement) did some catching drills. He has not caught since April 12. … LHP Sean Marshall will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (flexor strain) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is penciled in for a simulated game Friday. … C Erik Kratz (torn left plantar fasciitis) will likely start a minor league rehab assignment at the end of the week.


Reds: RHP Jason Marquis, who has given up 17 hits and 11 runs in 8 2-3 innings in losing his previous two outings, will start Wednesday.

Royals: RHP Jeremy Guthrie is 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five interleague outings.