It only took one pitch for the Cincinnati to snap its scoreless streak, but it took 11 innings before it could snap its three-game losing streak as the Reds knocked off the Rangers in Texas 6-4 on Saturday.
Shin-Soo Choo took the first pitch of the game from Nick Tepesch to give the Reds (46-35) a 1-0 lead. The homer scored the Reds first run since the fifth inning of Tuesday’s loss in Oakland.
Cincinnati added on when Derrick Robinson took advantage of a Jurickson Profar error in the third. After two walks loaded the bases, Brandon Phillips added to his team high RBI total (61) with a run-scoring single.
That’s when the Reds defense let Texas (47-34) back into the game. It started with a one-out error on Joey Votto that allowed Engel Beltre to reach. Leonys Martin then singled to put runners on the corner. Ian Kinsler followed with what looked to be a double play, but Votto’s throw to second was off-line and everyone reached safely including Beltre who made it 2-1.
Another run came into score on an error when Zack Cozart’s poor throw allowed everyone to reach safely. Nelson Cruz scored one more for Texas with a sacrifice fly to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. All three runs were unearned in the inning for Mike Leake, who lowered his ERA to 2.52 after today’s start.
The Reds had a chance for a really big inning in the fifth when Choo singled and then Cozart doubled him home to tie the game. Cincinnati loaded the bases three batters later and Xavier Paul was able to drive in the go ahead run, but Jack Hannahan followed by hitting into an inning ending double play.
The Rangers tied the game in the sixth when Leake allowed back-to-back doubles to Andrus and Cruz.
The bullpens took over from there as Ross Wolf, Neal Cotts, and Joe Nathan combined to keep the Reds off the scoreboard over the next five innings. Cincinnati countered with shutout baseball from Sam LeCure and Manny Parra.
J.J. Hoover (1-5) nearly allowed the game to slip away in the bottom of the tenth as the Rangers had runners on the corners, but Adrian Beltre fouled out to Devin Mesoraco to end the threat.
Todd Frazier took one for the team to start the eleventh as he was hit by Kyle McCllelan (0-1). Mesoraco made him pay as he drove home Frazier on a two-run homer that easily cleared the left field wall to put the Reds up 6-4.
Aroldis Chapman shook off a leadoff walk by inducing a double play and then struck out Profar to pick up his 20th save of the season.
The Reds will try to take the series on Sunday as Mat Latos (7-1) takes on Yu Darvish (7-3).
Cincinnati placed Johnny Cueto on the disabled list for the third time this season and Tony Cingrani will once again fill his spot in the rotation. The Reds recalled Logan Ondrusek from Louisville to fill the void on the 25-man roster.