The Cincinnati Reds keep finding new ways to lose games. One day after falling 1-0 to the New York Mets, they blew an 8-0 lead and lost 12-11 to the San Francisco Giants in 11 innings Friday at Great American Ball Park.
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It was the first loss by the Reds (13-19) when they score 10 or more runs since a 13-12 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 29, 2017. The Giants overcame an eight-run deficit for the fifth time in their history.
“They’re all tough, but sometimes they do feel worse,” Reds manager David Bell said, “and our guys in the bullpen have been doing such a great job. We finally score some runs and aren’t able to hold it. It happens. It’s a great test to bounce back from, but this was a tough game to lose.”
The Reds bullpen entered the game with a 3.21 ERA, the second-best in the National League. Five straight relievers allowed runs in this game: Wandy Peralta, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garrett, Raisel Iglesias and Jared Hughes.
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The defeat spoiled a big day for Derek Dietrich, who hit a three-run home run in the first inning and another three-run home run in the third inning as the Reds offense, which ranked last in the National League in batting average and had scored one run in the previous two games, awoke.
“I was definitely hoping for a different outcome,” Dietrich said. “It kind of goes to show you you can never give up. That’s the message for us. We’ve said that. I’ve said that. In our ballpark, you can put runs on the board quickly. It’s a lesson we’ll continue to learn and it’s something to think about. You’ve got to give credit to the guys on that side. They could have easily put their heads down and crawled to the finish line, but they gave a good effort
The Reds led 8-0 after three innings. The Giants fought back with three in the fourth and four in the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-7
Reds starter Sonny Gray allowed three earned runs on four hits in five innings. Peralta gave up four earned runs on four hits in the sixth inning.
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The Giants (14-18) added three more runs in the eighth and then tied the game with a two-out home run by Stephen Vogt in the ninth against Iglesias. Evan Longoria hit the go-ahead home run in the 11th against Hughes.
There were 30 hits in the game, including the first career hit by Nick Senzel, who was 1-for-5 with two walks in his big-league debut. Joey Votto went 0-for-7.
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