The Cincinnati Reds had to come from behind on Wednesday night in Boston but Spencer Steer’s 2-run home run in the top of the 7th inning got the job done, breaking a 3-3 tie and putting the Reds up for good. The win gives Cincinnati a series win with one more to play against the Red Sox.
|Cincinnati Reds (26-29)
|Boston Red Sox (28-27)
|W: Gibaut (5-1) L: Winckowski (2-1) SV: Farmer (1)|
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Boston would strike first on Wednesday night when Masatka Yoshida homered down the right field line. The call was challenged that it was a fair ball, but the review upheld the call and the Red Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead. They would add another run in the 3rd inning when Boston picked up a single and then an RBI double from Rafael Devers.
Cincinnati would get a run back in the 5th inning with a little bit of a 2-out rally. Jose Barrero walked and came around to score when Luke Maile doubled off of the Green Monster in left-center. It wasn’t a 1-run game for long, though, as Enmanuel Valdez hit a solo homer off of Luke Weaver in the bottom of the inning to put the Red Sox up 3-1.
In the top of the 6th inning the Reds got out to a nice start when Jonathan India and Spencer Steer began the inning with walks, but back-to-back fly outs left things up to Nick Senzel to make something happen and make something happen he did. Senzel lined a single into center to bring India around to make it 3-2.
The Reds went back to work in the top of the 7th inning, loading the bases after an error and back-to-back singles from Kevin Newman and Matt McLain. Jonathan India grounded into a double play, but it did bring in Will Benson to tie the game up at 3-3. Spencer Steer followed up with a 2-run home run to put Cincinnati up 5-3.
After wrapping up the bottom of the 6th inning, Ian Gibaut returned for the 7th. He would retire Enrique Hernandez to start the inning but Enmanuel Valdez reached on catchers interference. Gibaut then got Connor Wong to fly out, but with two lefties due up the Reds called on Alex Young out of the bullpen. Alex Verdugo came through with a bloop single into shallow left field to put runners on first and second for Rafael Devers. He and Young would battled, but Devers came out on top as he worked a 10-pitch walk to load the bases and bring Justin Turner to the plate against his former organization. Young would come through and win this match up as he got Turner to chase a ball well outside of the zone and ground out to Matt McLain to strand the bases loaded and hold onto a 5-3 lead.
Lucas Sims took over in the bottom of the 8th inning and gave up a leadoff double to Masataka Yoshida before getting Rob Refsnyder to fly out for the first out of the inning. Jarren Duran then slapped a double down the left field line to bring Yoshida in to score and make it a 1-run ballgame. Boston then brought in pinch hitter Raimel Tapia, but he would line out to center and Durran was unable to advance. Sims wiggled out of the self-imposed jam with a 9-pitch strikeout of Enmanuel Valdez after falling behind 2-0 – he threw seven straight strikes that included five foul balls before a swinging strike ended the inning with the Reds up 5-4.
Still holding a 5-4 lead, Buck Farmer was called on for the bottom of the 9th inning. Farmer struck out Connor Wong to get things started and then got some help from Kevin Newman on a sliding stop to his left before firing across the diamond to get Alex Verdugo out. Rafael Devers worked a full count before flying out to the wall in dead center field to end the game and give Farmer his first save of the year.
Key Moment of the Game
Spencer Steer’s 2-run go-ahead home run in the 7th inning.
Notes Worth Noting
The win was the Reds 5th in a row. It guarantees a series win with one game left to play in Boston.
Matt McLain picked up two more hits and he’s now hitting .361.
Buck Farmer lowered his ERA to 2.60 on the season.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox
Thursday June 1st, 7:10pm ET
Hunter Greene (1-4, 4.18 ERA) vs Chris Sale (5-2, 4.72 ERA)