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Starting pitcher Sal Romano’s suicide squeeze capped Cincinnati’s six-run
fourth inning, and the Reds rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on
”It was nice to be able to contribute with the bat,” said Romano, who was
hitting .038 going into the game. ”The first thought when I saw the signal, I
thought the number one thing was get the ball down wherever the pitch was. I was
excited. I have never done it before. It was definitely a big insurance run and
got the out of the game.”
Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza each had a two-run single during the big inning,
and Scooter Gennett also singled in a run. The Reds overcame Daniel Palka’s
third home run in two games to win the three-game series and complete a 4-3
homestand before a crowd of 24,442, which stayed for a postgame fireworks
The Reds have won 13 of 17 and have come from behind in eight of their last
Yoan Moncada added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have dropped five
of seven and 14 of 20.
Cincinnati improved to 8-2 in interleague play, the most wins since going
11-9 in 2013. The White Sox are 4-11 against NL teams.
Romano (5-8) struck out six and allowing six hits and four runs in five
innings. His bunt back to the mound brought home Adam Duvall for the final run
of Cincinnati’s breakout fourth inning.
Reds relievers Amir Garrett and Michael Lorenzen teamed up for 2 1/3
scoreless innings before Jared Hughes celebrated his 33rd birthday by pitching
the final 1 2/3 for his sixth save.
Dylan Covey retired his first nine batters before the Reds erupted for five
hits and six runs while sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Winker
and Peraza each had a two-run single before Romano’s bunt knocked Covey (3-4)
out of the game. Covey allowed a walk, struck out two and hit a batter in 3 2/3
”I was trying to get ground
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said. ”I tried to make adjustments. That’s not my game, I’ve got to keep the
”Their guy was shutting us down pretty good,” Reds interim manager Jim
Riggleman said. ”We saw some things from him better the second time around. We
put together some good at-bats.”
Moncada, whose 12th-inning bases-loaded triple broke open Chicago’s 12-3 win
Tuesday, gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the
third. Palka went deep for a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
The Reds added a run in the eighth on pitcher Chris Volstad’s bases-loaded
The Reds sent nine or more batters to the plate in one inning in five of the
seven games on the just-completed homestand.
Billy Hamilton, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the sixth and
stayed in to play center field, threw out Jose Abreu at the plate trying to
score from second to end the eighth – Hamilton’s eighth assist of the season,
tying Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber for the NL lead among outfielders.
The Reds traded RHP Dylan Floro and a minor league pitcher to the Los Angeles
Dodgers for two minor league pitchers, optioned IF/OF Brandon Dixon to Triple-A
Louisville and recalled RHP Tanner Rainey and LHP Cody Reed from Louisville
before Wednesdays game.
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T. J. Watt Jersey , nine-game road trip and the All-Star break will keep
the Reds away from Cincinnati until July 20.
White Sox: Abreu returned to Chicago’s lineup after leaving Monday’s game and
missing Tuesday’s with a bruised left ankle from a foul ball.
Reds: Gennett reported no problems from having his left hand bent back while
trying to make a catch on Adam Engel’s bunt Tuesday.
White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3) faces the Astros on Thursday. He is 1-0
with a 1.71 ERA in four career starts against Houston.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (6-6) faces the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Mahle
was 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in five June starts.
Major League Baseball intends to announce next week the New York Yankees and
Boston Red Sox will play two games at London's Olympic Stadium on June 29-30
next year, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because no public
comments had been authorized.
"I'm excited about going over there," Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said.
Boston will be the home team for both of MLB's first regular-season games in
"One of the biggest rivalries in all of sports," Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly
said. "We'll see how the players recover. And that's always going to be big to
take into account travel-wise."
London Mayor Sadiq Khan scheduled a news conference for Tuesday with baseball
Commissioner Rob Manfred but did not announce the subject matter.
"I've never been to London, so I'm looking forward to that," Yankees manager
Aaron Boone said. "Can grow our game, obviously, in Europe and hopefully getting
two big teams out there will be a great thing for the sport."
Baseball officials have long hoped for games in London and settled last year
on Olympic Stadium, which is in its second season as home of soccer's West Ham
of the Premier League. Because it originally was built for a 400-meter track,
Olympic Stadium is wider than other large stadiums in the London area and can
best accommodate the dimensions of a baseball field.
Each player on the trip will get an extra $60,000 for participating in the
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The NFL has played regular-season games annually in London since 2007,
holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham. Three more NFL games are
scheduled for this year, including one at Tottenham's new stadium.
The NBA has played eight regular-season games at London's O2 Arena since
2011. The NHL opened its 2007-08 season at the O2 Arena with two games between
the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.
MLB has put renewed emphasis on international games since Manfred became
commissioner in 2015.
Cleveland and Minnesota played a two-game series last month in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego meet in a three-game
series at Monterrey, Mexico, that starts Friday. MLB announced Tuesday that
Oakland and Seattle will open next season at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21.
Baseball started its season at Monterrey in 1999 (Colorado vs. San Diego); at
Tokyo in 2000 (Chicago Cubs-New York Mets), 2004 (Tampa Bay-Yankees), 2008
(Boston-Oakland) and 2012 (Seattle-Oakland); and at Sydney in 2014 (Los Angeles
Additional regular-season games were played at Monterrey in 1996 (San
Diego-Mets); and at San Juan in 2001 (Toronto-Texas), 2003-04 (a total of 43
Montreal home games) and 2010 (Mets-Florida Marlins).
Current Red Sox manager Alex Cora was part of Boston's team that went to
Tokyo in 2008 as part of a trip that included seven regular-season games, two
exhibitions against Japanese clubs plus a pair of exhibitions at the Dodgers
that included one at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum attended by a record
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"It was a long one," Cora recalled. "We went to Japan, then LA for two days,
then we went to Oakland and then we went to Toronto, and we survived
AP Sports Writers Stephen Hawkins and Kristie Rieken, and Associated
Press writer Joshua Koch contributed to this report.
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