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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Reds' Big Inning Beats Bronx Bombers

The New York Yankees were knocked off their high horse by the Reds five-run second inning making Tim Adleman a winner for his second straight start.

The 5-3 victory showed a huge bounce back after a 10-4 for loss against a New York team that currently leads the American League East.  The Reds finished a 7-2 home stand that sent them to San Francisco with an 18-15 record.

Solo home runs by Gary Sanchez his sixth Didi Gregorius his first put the Yanks up going into the bottom of the second.  Gregorius broke in with the Reds in September of 2012, hitting .300 in eight games.

The Reds went to work on long-time foe C.C Sabathia.  Scott Schebler dumped a single into lert.  Jose Peraza poked one through the hole at short.  Devin Mesoraco walked to load the bases.  Sabathia struck out Adleman but Billy Hamilton singled hard off the glove of Ronald Torreyes at third that made it to leftfield.  Peraza beat the throw standing up for the tying run.  Zack Cozart and Joey Votto singled for two more runs.  Adam Duvall capped the inning with a run scoring single.

"We took advantage of what we got," Bryan Price said. "They beat us up last night.  Coming back to play better baseball today was as big as anything."

Adleman and Sabathia were both trying to find the strike zone.

"Early on I was giving the Yankees a little too much credit," Adleman said. "They deserve it but I started to pound the strike zone after that. They are the best team in baseball. They beat us up last night and smacked around the Cubs over the weekend."
Starling Castro opened the fourth inning with a double.  Adleman walked Jaocoby Ellsbury but Aaron Judge hit into a 6-4-3 double play.  Gregorius blooped a single into right to drive in his second run of the contest.

Sabathia settled in and retired the next 10 batters until he hit Schebler with a pitch with two out in a scoreless fifth.

"He didn't find his cutter until later on," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

 Michael Lorenzen took over for Adleman in the sixth.  He got the first two out but walked Judge.  Gregorius singled, his third hit of the game. Lorenzen hit Chris Carter to load the bases but got Torreyes to ground into a force play.

Adleman pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Lorenzen pitched two scoreless innings. 

"I don't have to manage as much with Lorenzen and Iglesias going two innings," Price said.

Raisell Iglesias entered in the eighth  He allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for his sixth save.  Iglesias has not allowed a rin in his last five outings. 

"One inning, two innings or three innings, I'm ready to do what the manager asks me to do," Iglesias said.

The game ended with runners on first and second with one out, Sanchez lined to Suarez, who turned it into a double play.

"I was anticipating that way," Suarez said of the play.  "Iglesias always says thank you. He and Lorenzen get a lot of ground balls."

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