Tejay Antone (0-3, 2.94) pitched a scoreless sixth but then gave up two runs on three hits in the seventh. The Reds lost the middle game of the series 3-2.
“Tejay’s been great for us all year,” Gray said. “He’s going to be great for us down the stretch run. There’s no question in my mind whatsoever. You just saw the seventh inning unravel a little bit.”
Updated odds: Through Tuesday’s games, the Reds had a 66.4 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FanGraphs.com. They had 10.3 percent chance of finishing second and a 56.0 percent chance of winning a wild card.
Postseason drought: The Reds seek their first playoff berth in seven years. Only five teams in baseball have a longer drought, and two have already clinched spots in the expanded 16-team playoffs this season.
The Seattle Mariners have baseball’s longest playoff drought. They haven’t advanced to the postseason since 2001.
The Miami Marlins haven’t made it since 2003 but are in contention this season. The San Diego Padres, who haven’t made it since 2006, and White Sox, who last reached the playoffs in 2008, will both play in the postseason this season.
The Phillies are contending for their first berth since 2011, though they fell to 27-29 on Tuesday when they were swept in a doubleheader by the Washington Nationals.
Looking ahead: The Reds open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis at 8:10 p.m. Friday. They play Saturday at 7:10 p.m. and close the series and the regular season at 3:10 p.m. Sunday.
The Reds and Twins have played 24 games since interleague play started in 1997, and the series is tied 12-12. The Reds won the last series 2-1 in 2018 in Minneapolis. The Reds are 3-7 on the road against Minnesota.