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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Scott Feldman And Wade Miley Duel Orioles Score In The 10th

J.J. Hardy’s two-out single off Blake Wood scored Mark Trumbo in the top of the 10th to lift the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Reds.

Trumbo walked with one out and advanced to second on Jonathan Shoops slow roller to the mound.

Scott Feldman and Wade Miley hooked up in a pitching duel on a rainy night at Great American Ball Park.

Feldman, who pitched for the Orioles, the second half of the 2013 season, was stingy with hits and even when Baltimore got hits the Reds’ outfielders bailed him out.

"What will be over looked with the two losses, is we're getting better starting  pitching ," Bryan Price said. "We need this type of pitching to stay competitive in the division. It's unfortunate to waste a couple games like this but you know what, you look across and Jimenez threw a good game (on Wednesday). I looked across at Miley in the first inning, I said Miley was on. He kept the ball down in the zone. I've seen him goo. I knew the way Scott was pitching it would come down to a single run. You hate to lose but you have to play a good ballgame and we did."

Feldman retired the first five batters but Shoop hit his third home run of the season in the second inning.  He retired the next five until Manny Machado singled to right in the fourth inning.  The Reds shifted on Chris Davis putting thirdmaseman Eugenio Suarez where the secondbaseman usually stands.  Davis hit a soft line drive that Suarez gloved and dropped.  He threw to second to get Machado.  Zack Cozart’s relay appeared to get Davis who had stopped as Machado dived back to first.  After a discussion the umpires ruled that Suarez caught the ball and dropped it trying to double Machado off on the line drive.  Mark Trumbo singled to right but Scott Schebler threw Machado out at third.

"it was a tough game tonight," Feldman said. "We had a chance to win the series. The guys made some great plays tonight on defense. Unfortunately, Wade pitched a great game. I tried to pick up where Amir left off last night. As long as we keep pitching like this and playing good defense like this we'll have a good year."

Shoop's home run came off a curve ball that got too much of the plate according to Feldman.

"I had in my notes not to throw him a strike curve ball," Feldman said. "I was trying to expand (the strike zone) a little bit. He's an aggressive hitter. I just got too much of the plate."

J.J. Hardy hit a line drive to center that went over Billy Hamiton’s head.  The speedy Hamilton got to the ball, wheeled and fired to Cozart.  Cozart’s relay easily got Hardy at third.

Miley retired the first 11 Reds’ batters until Joey Votto unloaded his fifth home run over the centerfield fence.

Miley walked Suarez but he was erased on a double play.Miley faced one batter over the minimum through seven innings.

Raisel Iglesias replaced Feldman to start the eighth.  Feldman pitched seven innings, the second Reds’ pitcher to last seven in the series. He allowed one run on four hits,striking out four with no walks.

Suarez struck out looking, the fifth Reds batter to take a called third strike, to open the bottom of the eighth.  Cozart followed with a double for the Reds second hit. Miley struck out Schebler and Stuart Turner to tie his career-high with 11 strikeouts.

Buck Showalter had to make a National League decision.  Miley was due to lead off the ninth.  Does he pinch hit for Miley or with a low pitch count does he send his starter our for the ninth.

Trey Mancini batted for Miley, who pitched eight innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk.

Iglesias pitched a scoreless eighth and struck out Mancini to start the ninth. He walked Hyun Soon Kim.  Iglesias struck out Adam Jones and Machado to send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied.

Darren O’Day started the ninth in a steady rain.  O’Day has a sidearm delivery/ He retired the Reds in order in the ninth.

Blake Wood took over for the Reds in the 10th. 

Brad Brach converted on his second save attempt, replacing Zach Britton, who is injured.

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