Garrett's struggles: Reliever Amir Garrett, one of the most dependable arms in the bullpen for most of the season, had allowed a run in his last three appearances — his ERA climbing from 2.40 to 2.98 — until he pitched a scoreless third of an inning Tuesday.
Garrett gave up a run on two hits and didn’t record an out Monday against the White Sox, who turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
“It’s the major leagues,” Riggleman said. “They’re trying to get you if you make a bad pitch. He came in firing like he does, but he just left a breaking ball up, and the hitter got him. The next hitter, he got strike one with a 97 mile-per-hour fastball. He’s letting it go. A groundball went down the third-base line. That’s the way it goes.”
Local support: White Sox center fielder Adam Engel had a big cheering section in the left-field stands Tuesday. He's a graduate of Loveland High School who played at the University of Louisville. He made his big-league debut in 2017 and is hitting .219 this season.
History lesson: The Reds and White Sox played an extra-inning game for the first time since the 1919 World Series. The White Sox won Game 6 5-4 in 10 innings in Cincinnati.
Hot bats: Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the first inning Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He leads the Reds with 17 home runs. He's tied with the Rockies' Nolan Arenado for the National League lead with 63 RBIs.
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Scooter Gennett also hit a two-run home run in the first inning. He has 14 home runs. He continues to lead the league with a .332 average.
Adam Duvall hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his 13th home run of the season. In the last 15 games, he’s hitting .292.
Looking ahead: The Reds are off Thursday and start a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. The Reds are 6-3 against the Cubs this season after a four-game sweep at Great American Ball Park in June.