The Reds and the Texas Rangers were entrenched and entangled in a high scoring game that had more momentum shifts than a pendulum.
Tim Adleman the pride of Georgetown University started against international star Yu Darvish from Osaka, Japan.
The Rangers jumped on Adleman in the second inning. Roughned Odor singled to open the inning. Jonathan LuCroy hit a one hopper fielded by Joey Votto at first. Votto made an awkward throw from his knees that pulled Jose Peraza off the base. Peraza's return throw was cut off as Votto and Adleman both tried to cover first. Nomar Mazzar hit his 15th home run into the mood deck in rightfield.
Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch by Darvish. Brandon Phillips smoked a pitch from Darvish but centerfielder Ian Desmond caught it on the warning track two steps from the fence. Darvish walked Scott Schebler and Eugenio Suarez. Ramon Cabrera hit a ground ball between first and second that Odor turned into a force play as Duvall scored. Suarez scored on LuCroy's passed ball.
Adleman shut down the Rangers until two outs in the fifth. Darvish drilled his first career home run and third career hit on to the green in centerfield. Desmond hit his 21st four pitches later, a lined shot to leftfield.
"It was a really bad pitch," Adleman said. "It was something he could handle and he did. It's a blow when you make a mistake with two strikes when you could have been out of the inning."
"Any time a guy is up there with a bat in his hand, that can happen," Bryan Price said.
Tony Renda singled pinch hitting for Adleman one out into the fifth. It was the first hit for Cincinnati.
Billy Hamilton hit a slow roller to Elvis Andrus at shortstop. He had no chance to get Hamilton and threw the ball into the camera well behind first. Peraza's ground out made it a 5-3 game.
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Adleman allowed five runs, four earned in five innings on five hits but three of them were home runs.
"He (Adleman) was aggressive and threw the ball pretty well. He made some big pitches," Price said.. "You can look at a lineup Desmond 20 home runs, Beltran 24, Beltre 21, Odor is on T.V punching somebody out. You can talk yourself into trying to be too perfect."
Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect sixth.
Darvish gave up the lead in the sixth. Schebler beat out a roller to Odor stationed in short right. Suarez drew his second walk. Ramon Cabrera hit a line fly to the gap in rightcenter that bounced in and out of the stands for a ground rule double. Schebler scored but Suarez had to hold third. Ivan De Jesus Jr. batting for Lorenzen hit a fly to center to bring home Suarez with the tying run.
"The only time he was vulnerable was with men on base and he tried to be too quick,' Price said. "We were patient and took some close pitches to put him in those situations. We had four hits and scored five runs."
The Rangers regained the lead with two outs in the eighth Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch and stole second. Adrian Beltre doubled to score Desmond. It was his 2,900th hit.
Sam Dyson earned the save with a perfect ninth.