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Kolozsvary scores late in the game as Reds beat Rays 2-1

Kolozsvary scores late in the game as Reds beat Rays 2-1

CINCINNATI ( Associated Press) — Mark Kolozsvary scored in a 10th-round loss to Matt Wisler, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Kolozsvary opened 10th in second as a pinch-runner to Mike Moustakas. He advanced on Nick Senzel’s sacrifice bunt against Wisler (2-3). Albert Almora Jr. walked past Wisler’s refusal with hitter Tyler Naquin on the plate.

“I have no idea what he (Wisler) did,” Kolozsvary said. “I was kind of focused on other things. It was a really good feeling to celebrate with the guys.”

“I didn’t see any impediments, but we will accept it,” said Reds manager David Bell. “I prefer to think about getting to that point. So many good things happened. We played a great game so we could be in a position to win.”

Wisler was called up for hitting his left thigh, a move he said he often uses to get a new pitching signal.

“It’s a move I’ve made many times,” he said. “I tap my leg when I want a sign. I feel like I’ve done this many times. I’m a big leg beater.

“I wish I had the chance to take shots instead of losing him that way.”

Tampa Bay had a chance to score in the top half of the inning, but Kyle Farmer knocked Francisco Mejia to the plate on Yandy Diaz’s grounder for shortstops against Josh Kuhnel (1-1). The play was confirmed by a video review.

Farmer then captured the liner from Wander Franco and took second place for a double play at the end of the turn.

It was the Majors’ first late-game setback since Dylan Floro to the Dodgers in a 5–4 loss in Seattle on August 18, 2018. It was the first such loss for the Rays in franchise history.

Brandon Drury scored to help bottom-placed Cincinnati win back-to-back games for the first time since June 26 in San Francisco and June 28 over the Cubs in Chicago. Senzel had two of the Reds’ four hits.

Cincinnati has recorded its first three wins of the season in the past six days.

Tampa Bay had won two in a row and five out of six after a four-game losing streak.

Rays southpaw Shane McClanahan knocked out eight while working six innings out of a run. He retired his last 10 hitters.

Tampa Bay jumped ahead on Ji-Man Choi’s single RBI in the third, but that was it for the Rays against Luis Castillo and three relievers.

Castillo eliminated eight in seven innings. The right-hander, one of the majors’ top commercial targets ahead of the Aug 2 deadline, is 1-0 with a brilliant 0.90 ERA in his last three games.

Castillo retired 13 of his last 14 hitters.

Drury tied the game in the third with his 18th homer, the biggest of the team, a thunderous left kick that skidded off the upper deck facade.

EQUIPMENT

Reds left fielder Tommy Pham wore sunglasses borrowed from a fan while Choi was on plate in the first. Pham returned the glasses after Choi gave up.

COACH ROOM

Rays: Manager Kevin Cash said Brandon Lowe (lower back discomfort) was “feeling better” after being hit on the head by a pitch in his first appearance at his rehab with Triple-A Durham on Thursday. Lowe was off duty on Friday.

Reds: 1B Joey Votto missed his fifth straight game with a stiff back, but Bell said he’s getting better and can play this weekend. Votto ran and practiced hitting and grounding before the game. … RHP Alexís Diaz (right biceps tendonitis) has been activated from the injured list.

NEXT

Reds right-hander Hunter Greene (3-10, 6.01 ERA) and Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen (5-3, 3.30 ERA) pitch on Saturday. Greene is 0-3 with a 9.42 ERA in his last three games. Rasmussen is making his second start since coming off the injured list after being sidelined with a left hamstring injury.

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