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Friday, August 21, 2015

Los Rojos Loss Also

Converting their name to Spanish helped nada as the Reds lost their seventh (siete) game (juego) in a row

The loss dropped the Reds into last place in the National League Central, a half game behind Milwaukee who defeated Washington 10-3.

David Holmberg, who made it to the Major Leagues for one start with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was treated rudely by his former teammates.

A.J. Pollock hit his 12th home run in the first inning. Yasmany Tomas led off the second with his eighth home run. The Diamondbacks  Chris Ownings singled, Diamondback starting pitcher Ruby De La Rosa singled. Ender Inciarte hit a sacrifice fly and Pollock doubled. Pollock and De La Rosa scored on Wellington Castillo's single off the tip of Eugenio Suarez' glove.

De LA Rosa won his fifth straight decision.

As is the Reds' habit, they wasted Brayan Pena's leadoff double in the third. Joey Votto doubled with one out and stayed put. Pena doubled again with one out but only advanced to third on Skip Schumaker's pinch hit single. Alas, Los Rojos broke the spell when Votto walked one out into the third. Todd Frazier lined a hit to left that Iciarte dived for but couldn't catch. It was scored a double. Votto scored when Jay Bruce grounded out.

Pena singled to open the seventh, his third hit of the game. He moved to second when Brandon Phillips made his first appearance since Monday as a pinch hitter. Phillips grounded out to third as Pena advanced.  Jason Bourgeois hit a ground single to right. Tomas fielded and unleashed a throw to Castillo at home that beat Pena. Castillo made a swipe tag but missed Pena as his slide was short of the plate.  Pena hopped up and gave Castillo the "stanky leg" then stepped on the plate.

De La Rosa allowed two runs in seven innings on seven hits and a walk. He struck out six.

Votto greeted left-handed reliever Keith Hessler with his 23rd home run leading off the eighth. It was the only batter Hessler faces. Addison Reed replaced him.

Sam LeCure in his second appearance since joining the team on Monday pitched two scoreless innings to allow the Reds to creep closer.

Pollock's fourth hit opened the ninth against Jumbo Diaz.  He stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hill.

Brad Ziegler earned his 21st straight save.

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