CINCINNATI (AP) -- Johnny Cueto walked around the infield, trying to scrape the mud off his cleats. The rain was coming down hard. He didn't feel very comfortable on the mound.
His next pitch in a downpour ended his perfect afternoon record.
Jimmy Rollins swung at the first pitch and hit a three-run homer during a cloudburst on Monday, sending the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Cueto (17-7) was trying to become the majors' first 18-game winner. He hadn't lost a day game all season, going 11-0 in 13 afternoon starts. When rain fell in the fifth inning, it all came apart.
Rollins hit a change-up that Cueto left over the plate.
"The mound was getting slippery," Cueto said, with a team trainer translating. "It was slippery the pitch before (Rollins' homer). When it rains you expect that. It's not an excuse."
Cueto was more upset about giving up a two-out single to rookie pitcher Tyler Cloyd (1-1) that extended the inning and allowed Rollins to com...