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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reds Run Themselves Out Of A Promising Inning Lose All Four To Royals

Ben Zobrist had four hits and the Reds had a promising inning snuffed out with a monumental base running blunder as Kansas City swept the season series from the Reds with a 4-3 win.

Keyvious Sampson made the 20th straight start by a Reds' rookie

The first inning was rough. The second inning was too.

Alcides Escobar walked.  Tuesday's hero, Ben Zobrist hit a line hugger that bounced on both sides of the baseline before it crossed over the firstbase bag and down the line.  Escobar scored.  Zobrist crossed the plate on a two-out single by Alex Rios.

Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, batting in the cleanup spot, hit back-to-back home runs off Jeremy Guthrie.  Votto's 22nd home run and Phillips' ninth home run, matched the total runs scored by the Reds against Kansas City in the first three games between them.

Lorenzo Cain's two-out single in the second inning renewed the Royals' two-run lead.

A run scoring double by Eugenio Suarez scored Jason Bourgeois to make it a one-run game after three innings.

Sampson left after 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks. Sampson left with runners on second and third with one out. Pedro Villarreal walked Eric Hosmer intentionally then got out of the inning without  a run scoring.

Jason Bourgeois walked to open the fifth. It was the third time he reached base.  Suarez followed with a single. Votto was the victim of a leaping catch by Jarrod Dyson against the leftfield wall. Phillips singled off Guthries glove to load the bases. Kansas City manager, Ned Yost, brought in Luke Hochevar. Jay Bruce popped up a 3-2 pitch in the infield.  With the infield fly rule in effect, Hochevar took his eye off the ball and it dropped between the pitcher and Hosmer.  For some reason Bourgeois was coming home and Hochevar flipped to catcher Drew Butera to complete the "knothole" double play.

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