The Cincinnati Reds clobbered three home runs in the 3rd inning as they built an early 7-0 lead and they never looked back as they swept the Tampa Bay Rays with a 10-5 victory on Sunday. The win was the 4th in a row for Cincinnati, the first 4-game winning streak since May 25th through May 28th when they took the final two games against the Cubs and the first two games against the Giants.
|Tampa Bay Rays (45-40)
|Cincinnati Reds (32-54)
|W: Lodolo (2-2) L: Baz (1-2)
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Cincinnati’s offense was quiet in the first two innings, but they exploded for seven runs in the 3rd inning. Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, and Mike Moustakas all hit 2-run home runs in the inning. The homer from Moustakas was the 200th of his career.
Following the top of the 4th that saw the Rays score three runs of their own, the Reds offense went back to work. Doubles from Brandon Drury and Tyler Naquin along with singles from Tommy Pham and Donovan Solano got back those three runs as Cincinnati extended their lead to 10-3 after the 4th. That was the last time that Cincinnati would score as they’d managed just two hits the rest of the way. Fortunately they didn’t need to score again after building a big lead.
Nick Lodolo’s day didn’t begin as he hoped, giving up a double and a single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Lodolo clamped down and struck out the next two batters before getting a pop up to second base to end the inning with no damage done. In the third inning he gave up two singles, but on the second one Taylor Wells thought about going to second when Tyler Naquin bobbled the ball for a brief moment, but changed his mind. Naquin fired to first and Mike Moustakas made the tag as Wells dove back to the bag to end the inning.
After Cincinnati put up a 7-spot in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Rays touched up Lodolo in the top of the 4th. Randy Arozarena led off with a home run. Two singles and a hit batter loaded up the bases later in the inning before Yandy Diaz singled in two more runs to make it a 7-3 game.
Arozarena was a thorn in Nick Lodolo’s side all day and he led off the 5th inning with a double. The lefty was able to escape the inning with no runs, though, getting the next three batters to fly out. That ended Lodolo’s day and Dauri Moreta took over for the 6th inning. He would hit the leadoff batter, but like Lodolo the inning before, he got the next three batters in order to hold the lead at 10-3. Moreta returned for the 7th and struck out all three batters he faced.
Joel Kuhnel took over for Cincinnati in the 8th inning and gave up two solo homers to watch the Reds lead cut to 10-5. Alexis Diaz entered the game in the 9th to try and lock down the win.
Notes Worth Noting
Vladimir Gutierrez is going to undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season and at least several months to begin the 2023 season.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs New York Yankees
Tuesday July 12th, 7:05pm ET
Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.35 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (8-2, 3.26 ERA)