The Cincinnati Reds needed a dramatic come from behind win again on Tuesday night and they got it. Trailing 6-0, the Reds scored a run in the 7th and then six more in the bottom of the 8th inning to complete their comeback. Alexis Diaz took care of things in the 9th as Cincinnati picked up a series win by taking the first two games against the Texas Rangers in their 3-game set at Great American Ball Park.

Final R H E
Texas Rangers (14-9) 6 10 1
Cincinnati Reds (9-15)
7 11 0
W: Sanmartin (1-0) L: Kennedy (0-1) SV: Diaz (3)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

The first inning went better this time around than it did in Luke Weaver’s first start, but he did give up a solo home run to Nathaniel Lowe that put Texas on top. The Reds tried to get something going in their half of the inning after Stuart Fairchild walked and Tyler Stephenson singled with two outs, but both runners would be stranded on the bases.

Neither team did a whole lot until the top of the 4th. The Rangers led off with back-to-back doubles, but that only resulted in runners at second and third as Nathaniel Lowe read the ball poorly and could only get to third on the double by Adolis Garcia. Texas cashed in a run on a fielders choice with one out to make it 2-0. Weaver would wiggle out of that jam with just the one run allowed.

The Rangers extended their lead in the 5th when Marcus Semien hit a solo homer into the left field seats. They weren’t done at that point, though, as Travis Jankowski and Adolis Garcia both singled and later scored on a Josh Jung double that made it 5-0. The Reds would get two singles in the inning to put runners on the corners with two outs, but Jonathan India popped up to strand both runners as the offensive woes continued.

Josh Smith clobbered a solo home run off of Luke Weaver with one out in the 6th. After a 2-out walk of Marcus Semien the Reds went to the bullpen to bring in Derek Law. After giving up a single he got out of the inning with no further damage.

Cincinnati finally broke through in the 7th inning when Henry Ramos, Kevin Newman, and Nick Senzel put together three straight singles to make it a 6-1 game. The Reds were retired in order after that and the game moved on to the 8th.

In the bottom of the 8th Cincinnati’s offense broke through again. Stuart Fairchild was hit by a pitch and moved up to third on a Tyler Stephenson single. Henry Ramos then hit a line drive off of the glove of the pitcher and turned it into an RBI single to make it 6-2. Nick Senzel then lined an RBI single into center with two outs to make it 6-3. Jose Barrero followed up with a walk to load the bases. The Reds then pinch hit Wil Myers for TJ Friedl, but they didn’t because the Rangers made a pitching change at that point to bring in a righty, which led to the Reds then sending Jake Fraley in to pinch hit for Myers. He came through with a bloop double down the left field line on the 9th pitch of the at-bat to make it a 6-5 ballgame. Jonathan India then came through with a go-ahead, 2-run single to make it 7-6.

Alexis Diaz came out of the bullpen to try and close the game out in the top of the 9th. He would strike out Marcus Semien to begin the inning, but then Travis Jankowski flared a looper just over third base for a single to put the tying run on base. Diaz worked around that with a strikeout and a ground out, completing the comeback win for the second straight night.

Key Moment of the Game

Jonathan India’s 2-run single in the bottom of the 8th that capped off a 6-run inning.

Notes Worth Noting

In 2022 Luke Weaver gave up one home run in 35.2 innings. He’s given up five home runs in 11.2 innings through two starts this season.

The Reds pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts and just two walks in the game.

Henry Ramos had two hits. It was the second 2-hit game of his career.

Nick Senzel had three hits in the game. It’s the first time since May 26th of last season that he had three hits in a game – and he had four on that day.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Texas Rangers vs Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday April 26th, 12:35pm ET

Jon Gray (1-1, 3.72 ERA) vs Graham Ashcraft (2-0, 1.88 ERA)

79 Responses

  1. David

    This was kind of a ridiculous game….but baseball is funny that way.

    Sometimes you play well and lose, and people think you are a bunch of bums.

    Sometimes you have nights like this and….well, it all sort of evens out.

  2. Mark Moore

    It was Un-FREAKING believable!!!

    Glad I stuck with it, even with no sound on the small screen. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  3. RedsMonk65

    Was not Senzel worth a “note worth noting”? 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. It’s been a long time since he’s done anything remotely close to that.

  4. Melvin

    What a crazy game. We won so we’ll take it. 🙂

  5. Mike Adams

    Bell ain’t so dumb when:
    his pinch hitters get a hit,
    his relievers shut down the opponent,
    and the team comes back to win!

      • Mike Adams

        Kinda sounds like one. Free-est verse in the universe!

  6. Melvin

    Congratulations to Nick Senzel on getting three hits. How many think he will get a day off tomorrow? Hahahaha!!!!

    • LDS

      Nah, high draft pick and making above average money. He’ll play. Though Krall should trade him while he’s healthy and “hot”. As for money, starting to look like Diaz is another to lock up.

      • Melvin

        Diaz is looking very valuable right now everything considered.

      • Doug Gray

        Above-average money? Did I get in a time machine and travel back to 1981?

      • Melvin

        “Above-average money? Did I get in a time machine and travel back to 1981?”


      • Beaufort Red

        Just curious, what do you consider “above average money” in today’s market?

      • LDS

        Above average money for the Reds. As for traveling back to 1981, sign me up. The 80s were a great decade for me.

    • Melvin

      Just checked the lineup for today. Guess what! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

  7. Dennis Westrick

    Yes, awesome comeback by the Reds! It should be noted that the bullpen was outstanding for the second night in a row! Reds BP has tossed 8.1 scoreless innings in the last 2 games!

    • Melvin

      That’s pretty amazing isn’t it?

  8. Tom Mitsoff

    Well, I did something tonight that I almost never do. When it was 6-1 and the Reds left two men on base in the seventh, I turned it off and watched TV with my wife. I picked up the iPhone later and … WHOA! I missed the biggest rally since 2012! I told my wife that’s why I should never miss an inning for any reason. (She did not seem to agree.) 😉

    • Mark Moore

      I never put it on the TV, but I kept in on my laptop. My wife offered when we started to rally, but we were already watching stuff, so I just split my attention.

      • VaRedsFan

        If you had switched it to the big, and the Reds lost, it would have been your fault.

  9. Jason Franklin

    It is great when everyone seems happy on here. 🙂 We deserve games like this.

    • wkuchad

      lol, look at the game thread – everyone definitely not happy. 🙂

  10. Redsvol

    Wow, I gave up when I saw Weaver’s line in the 5th inning. I need to stay with it more. Good for the guys in RED! They deserve some better luck.

  11. Melvin

    Senzel better keep on hitting. McLain had three hits of his own tonight with a walk, a HR, a double, 2 runs and 4 RBIs. Not bad. Probably don’t need him though now that we’ve won two in a row. 🙂

    • Jason Franklin

      Just let Barrero play SS, kick Newman to the curb, and there you have a spot for McClain. Heck, Go to 2 catchers and you really have room for him. I would love too see his hustle.

      • Melvin

        Just have to find a spot for McLain to play every day. Right now I think that would be the outfield/DH.

      • Melvin

        McLain with a .310 BA and 1.083 OPS now.

      • Melvin

        Don’t know much about Hopkins but he’s doing pretty good too. Three hits, a run, a HR, 2 RBIs with a .338 BA and .941 OPS

      • SteveAreno

        Newman kicked Ramos over to third so he could score. Newman played solid defense.

      • Melvin

        Stoudt got the win tonight going 5 innings giving up one ER with an ERA now of 3.38. Rough night for Legumina though.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I’m sure I’m not the only person thinking, wow, what if they can sweep Texas and then go to the coast and sweep Oakland? 😉

      • Jason Franklin

        Don’t jinx us, Tom! 🙂 But you know how the Reds traditionally due on daytime get away days.

  12. LGR

    Hello. Daily Andy Fisher update. Another 1 inning, giving up his first hit of the year (7.2 IP), and 3 K’s. 7.2 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 11 K, 0 R, get him to Louisville pls.

  13. Melvin

    Pirates lost. We’re only seven back. Aren’t we good? 🙂

    • TR

      Cardinals lost a walk-off to the Giants.

      • wkuchad

        I little early for scoreboard watching, but I always love hearing that the Cards lost.

  14. JB

    After rooting for Senzel all these years I finally left him for dead. Tonight he is on life support. Come on kid take off and make me hate for giving up on you.

    • DW

      Same here. I have been quietly rooting for him and have always felt bad for the guy. The position change has not worked out, he has been so injury plagued, and the production just hasn’t been there when he has been on the field. I literally gave up on him during this game, said as much in the game thread, and turned off the game. What a surprise when I just checked the boxscore. Very excited for him to at least have one big game. Hopefully he can build on it.

      • Jimbo44CN

        Me too. Been rooting for NIck all along. Quite a few bad breaks

    • old-school

      Well said JB. i stepped down as President of the Nick Senzel fan club in 2021 but he sure deserves some good vibes and good days ahead. He’s been through a lot.

  15. Rcsodak

    I posted on another board the reds would probably lose 6-5. Last I looked, that was the score, in the 8th. I chuckled (to myself).
    Nostradamus, I’m not. Gladly.

  16. Rednat

    i thought Fraley hustling into second on his bloop hit was a big play to get into scoring position. he could have been thrown out but the left fielder threw the ball to third to keep barrero close. smart hustle by Fraley!
    Man I always love when the reds win but i don’t want them to lose 100 games this year. I want them to lose 120! Make it clear to ownership (and to the commissioner’s office) that changes need to be made improve the team.

    • Melvin

      If they don’t make some changes soon you just might get your wish. I don’t want to put a damper on the two consecutive wins but we aren’t going to win many that way.

  17. Kevin H

    Remember last time they were playing really well and some of us started talking about if this or that happens they could surprise people. Well they proceeded to go into a funk. So, right now myself I am enjoying the win and some good baseball.

    9-15 feels a whole lot better than starting 3-22 as they did last season. I as of now tend to agree, just enjoy the games they win . As @Melvin said they aren’t gonna win alot this season.

    • JB

      Yeah I thought the same thing last night. Nice win but they have a long way to go.

  18. Jim t

    Nice win by a very gritty team. Great to see Senzel have a nice game. Also nice to see Diaz get the save. He doesn’t get many save opportunities so his effectiveness goes unnoticed at times but he is very good.

  19. SteveAreno

    Did you see Kevin Newman score from first base off Barrero’s awesome hit? Newman was flying around the bases and the outfielder could not beat him. Kevin Newman got that big rally going!

    • wkuchad

      That was nice! I still don’t want Newman starting against a righty, but like him as a bench piece and good with him starting against any lefty.

      I do not understand everyone wanting to release him.

      • Melvin

        Looks like he’s playing SS again today. 🙂

  20. RedsGettingBetter

    I know this is a nice and huge win. But I continue wonder where did the Reds homers go? I can’t remember as writing this when was the last homer they hit…

    • TR

      Maybe Ramos can bring homeruns back to GABP.

      • SteveaReno

        If anyone can Henry Ramos will. If Wil Myers can get unhinged, he will too. He’s back in the lineup today.

    • VaRedsFan

      I think it was vs. Tampa….9 days ago?

  21. old-school

    Most importantly, Reds win just their second series of the season. All involved needed that. Rangers got to be waking up thinking what in the heck just happened…..Nightmare on Elm….. er…..Nuxhall way!

  22. Mark Moore

    Lineups posted for today’s Titanic Struggle. Newman at SS again, though no Senzel. First 5 might be able to do some damage. Jury is still out on Myers for me.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I see nobody told senzel that three hits in a game is an automatic benching the next day for David bell.

      In all seriousness, this style of managing is horrible for young players development. My freshman year is college is the only time in my career that I split time. It was my worst season ever because I never got in a rhythm and I was trying to learn a different position than the one I normally played. That stuff does mess with players mentally. I can’t imagine having that happen for the first time at the big league level.

  23. LDS

    Lineup’s out and Bell’s buddy Kevin Newman is starting at SS against a RH’er. One can never start too many .111 hitters.

  24. Melvin

    Moral of this story is you should NEVER get three hits if you want to play the next game. Senzel should have known that. What’s the matter with him?

  25. Kevin H

    I laughed out loud literally when seeing lineup. Senzel 3 hits and next day sits. Hahahahaha


  26. Jim t

    Steer playing 1st base today. Interesting!’

  27. Kevin H

    Curious to see what happens with Myers. Two games in a row a late scratch. Bench is short as it is, maybe a call up of a Elly DE Cruz!!!! ?.. yes I know, maybe McLain or Hopkins

  28. Mark A Verticchio

    Please tell me Barrero is hurt otherwise Bell is losing his mind, two games of Newman in a row. I give Bell credit for some nice moves last night then he goes right back to his strange and not smart moves.

    • Mario

      I think he knows that Barrero is not a good player. I also think he is under the influence of the front office wanting to get Newman so more PT for trade bait. I usually despise hearing references on front office mandates on our manager as some kind of excuse but I believe Bell is onboard with this one based on his own comments.

    • Jim t

      Steer at 1st, Myers injured, seems like there maybe be some minor injuries causing some shuffling.

    • George M

      This is why the Reds have to move on from Bell. He has consistently favored playing a journeyman veteran over young talent. They need to find a manager who will play younger players and develop them. This is especially important with the guys that are soon to be ready for promotion. Mclain,EDC , CES etc.

      • Mario

        I should have said that Bell believes that Barrero is not a good player. I honestly don’t know what he will turn into in a few years and none of us will know unless he is given the opportunity. I have my doubts but still want him to be given every day reps in CF or SS to find out. I would prefer McClain be called up immediately and become the starting SS but can find plenty of AB’s for both of them.

  29. Mario

    I enjoyed seeing Senzel get 3 hits, man I hope that turns him around. Not hard hits, it does not look sustainable but we can always hope. McClain is tearing the cover off the ball at Louisville, gotta get him up here. Hard to believe there are fans who don’t want to see him until July or September or whenever. He is not a flash in the pan.

  30. William

    Three hits for Senzel. Good for him and the Reds I have criticized his play, but hope he proves me wrong. Always wishing for the best for these young Red players.