The O’s came to town and left zeroes in their wake.
The Cincinnati Reds scored one run in the last 19 innings of their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. At one point, Orioles pitchers held them hitless for 10 straight innings. The Reds lost 2-0 on Wednesday and then 2-1 in 10 innings Thursday at Great American Ball Park, falling to 9-7 with their second straight series loss after three straight series victories to start the season.
Back-to-back strong performances by Reds starters Amir Garrett and Scott Feldman were overshadowed by even better efforts by Orioles starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley.
“The thing that shouldn’t be overlooked and hopefully isn’t overlooked over the course of the season is we’re getting better starting pitching,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We need this type of pitching to stay competitive in the division. It’s unfortunate to waste a couple games like this, but you look across (the field Wednesday) and Jimenez threw a great game, and from the first inning (Thursday), Miley was on. I’ve seen him good. He was down in the zone. He was attacking. My feeling was with the way Scott was pitching, it was going to be a low-scoring game, and it was going to come down to a single run.”
The Orioles pulled ahead with two outs in the 10th. A single by J.J. Hardy against reliever Blake Wood scored Mark Trumbo from second.
Miley (1-0, 1.89 ERA) struck out 11 in eight innings and allowed two hits, one a game-tying home run by Joey Votto in the fourth. That was the Reds’ first hit since the second inning Wednesday. Miley retired the first 11 before giving up the home run.
Feldman (1-1, 2.38) turned in his second-best start of the season. He allowed one run on four hits and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings. He struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.38.
“It was a tough game tonight because we had a chance to win the series and just came up a little bit short,” Feldman said. “Guys made some great plays on defense. Unfortunately, Wade pitched a great game.”
Injury news: Price announced after the game reliever Tony Cingrani has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with oblique soreness. He suffered the injury on the last pitch of his last outing Tuesday.
“There’s a chance when the 10 days are up he could be back pitching,” Price said. “It’s a tenuous injury. It’s probably anywhere from four to eight weeks and sometimes worse if you reinjure it during the rehab.”