The Reds scored one run in the bottom of the ninth and had runners on the corners with one out. Joey Votto grounded into a double play to end the game.
“It sucks,” Bauer said. “We had a real chance to win three. We hold ourselves to the standard that we should have won those games. It is is what it is at that point. We’ll come out tomorrow and get back in the win column. That’s all we can do.”
The bullpen blew the game late for the second straight day. Reds relievers gave up five runs in the last three innings Saturday. Lorenzen gave up a go-ahead home run Miguel Cabrera in the seventh inning in that game and suffered a similar fate in the third game of the season.
“My mind is there,” Lorenzen said. “With more reps, my pitches will get a little sharper, and I‘ll just keep moving forward. Just losing games is tough no matter what the situation is or what’s going on. I work as hard as I do to find success on the field. When you feel that hard work isn’t paying off, you just got to keep moving forward and trust things will start going your way.”
The Reds start a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on Monday. There was no indication about how long Moustakas and Senzel will be sidelined. With those two and Davidson out Sunday, the Reds were without three Opening Day starters.
“This is all new,” manager David Bell said. “As everyone knows around the world, it’s a big deal. We’re all dealing with it. From that standpoint, it’s new. The other side of it is it’s kind of what we do. We put distractions aside and go out and perform at a really high level. We are used to doing that. It’s not easy, but we are grateful for the opportunity to do that. That’s what we’re being called to do right now.”
Cubs at Reds, 6:40 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410