4 solo homers by Reds batters helped give Reds proper-hander Homer Bailey his first win in additional than a month, because the Reds beat the Pirates four-2 at Nice American Ball Park on Friday night time.
Field rating:Reds 4, Pirates 2
Here are the main storylines from Friday’s game:
• Close to quality: Bailey was one out from the team’s first quality start in more than a week, but fell one out short, exiting the game after 5 ⅔ innings having allowed one run on five hits. He struck out seven, walked two and hit a batter.
Bailey hit Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco to load the bases with two outs in the sixth. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged the ruling on the field, but after it was confirmed, he went to the mound to get his starter.
Bailey started the game with a 14-pitch at-bat to Adam Frazier that ended in a line out to right. He gave up a two-out single to Andrew McCutchen, who was then thrown out trying to take second on Eugenio Suarez’s overthrow of first.
Bailey gave up a leadoff double to catcher Elias Diaz to start the third and then a single and a walk to load the bases for left fielder Jordan Luplow, who tied the game at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly.
Bailey would retire nine of the next 10 batters he faced before walking Josh Bell with two outs in the sixth and then giving up a double to David Freese. He then hit Polanco to load the bases.
Reliever Michael Lorenzen got Diaz to ground out to first on his first pitch, stranding all three runners.
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• Solo shots get it done: The Reds hit four solo home runs to account for all four of the team’s runs in the game, including a pair by shortstop Zack Cozart.
Joey Votto hit his 35th of the season in the first inning to give the Reds an early lead. Cozart hit his 21st in the third o give the team back the lead and then his 22nd two innings later to make it 3-1 Reds.
With two outs in the fifth, Scott Schebler made it 4-1 with his 27th home run of the season.
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• Putting out fires: Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias were each called to put out fires – and both succeed.
Lorenzen entered the game with the bases loaded in the sixth and got out of it with a ground ball. It was the fourth time this season…