The Reds record 4th walk-off win in 8 games and get past Rays in 10 games

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Farmer scored the tie on a wild pitch and Nick Senzel hit a game-ending single as the Cincinnati Reds rallied in the 10th inning for another walk-off win and the Tampa Bay Rays 5th on Saturday : 4 defeated.

A day after winning in the 10th inning, the Reds earned their fourth walkoff win in their last eight games. They had none in their first 77 games.

“I just wanted to get a hit and go home,” Senzel said.

Cincinnati has won three straight games for the first time since June 12-14.

“Our clubhouse is so excited,” said manager David Bell. “You’re going to win any way you can, but if you can do it like that – it takes nine, ten, whatever it takes. It’s definitely not easy and it wasn’t perfect. We play good teams. We think we can play with these teams, but you have to go out and do it.

Farmer started the Reds in tenth at second base as an automatic runner. He finished third on Matt Reynolds single and Calvin Faucher (1-3) threw a wild pitch that made it 4-all. After Donovan Solano sang, Senzel won.


“I felt good when I went in,” said Faucher. “I felt good throughout the inning. I felt great. It was a difficult situation. It sure was a tough outing.”

Harold Ramírez drove Josh Lowe with a double from the 10th inning ahead of Jeff Hoffman (2-0) for a 4-3 lead.

Ramírez gave the Rays a 3-0 lead in game eight with a base-loaded two-run double. The Reds closed it out in the bottom half with Senzel’s base-loaded Walk and Brandon Drury’s Two-Out, Two-Run single – his fourth hit of the day.

Cincinnati rookie Hunter Greene started with three unsuccessful innings for the sixth time in his 17 starts. He faced at least 11 batters in the first 3 2/3 innings before Ramírez doubled.

Greene tied up his career with nine strikeouts in six innings. He gave up three hits and four walks. He had lost his previous three starts and had a 9.42 ERA during that dip.

Rays starter Drew Rasmussen threw four innings without a score and allowed four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Tampa Bay started the day in second place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Red Sox, who played first-place in Boston against the Yankees.

FISHING DEPTH

With C Mike Zunino (left shoulder infection) still sidelined, the Rays took on Oakland’s C-INF Christian Bethancourt for two minor leagues on Saturday, RHP Christian Fernández and OF Cal Stevenson. The Rays assigned to the RHP David McKay assignment.

OVER THE RAINBOW

The game started with a light shower, and by the end of first place it was still raining, although bright sunshine cast the players’ shadows onto the field.

TRAINING ROOM

Rays: SS Wander Franco left the game midway through the first inning with discomfort in his right hand and wrist. He will undergo further evaluation, including a visit to the doctor on Monday. … Recurring bladder problems forced a postponement of the bullpen session, which RHP Luis Patiño (left-slanted trunk) was expected to throw on Saturday. A blister forced him into his fourth rehab start on July 2nd.

Reds: C Tyler Stephenson (broken right thumb) activated from 10-day injured list and C Mark Kolozsvary selected for Triple-A Louisville. … LHP Ross Detwiler (back pain) was put on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Friday and RHP Buck Farmer was promoted from Triple-A Louisville.

NEXT

Reds LHP Nick Lodolo (1-2, 4.19) is expected to make his second start on Sunday since being left off the injured list. He allowed three hits in 4 2/3 shutout innings against the Mets on Tuesday. Ray’s RHP Shane Baz (1-1, 2.92) has allowed a total of three runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last four starts.

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