Monday, September 26, 2022

Moustakas reaches 200 homers, Reds sweep Rays

CINCINNATI ( Associated Press) — Mike Moustakas, Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India each hit two-run homers in the third inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Moustakas hit his 200th career home run as the Reds posted their first four-game winning streak from May 25-28. It was his first home run since May 13 and his fourth of the season.

The Reds opened the series with consecutive 10-inning wins, including Friday night’s game that ended in a balk. Cincinnati broke away early in the recap, scoring seven times in the third off rookie Shane Baz (1-2).

Rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo (2-2) was the beneficiary of the home run barrage. In his second start since coming off the disabled list and fifth overall, Cincinnati’s top pick in the 2019 draft allowed nine hits and three runs in five innings, striking out six.

Randy Arozarena, Josh Lowe and Rene Pinto homered for the Rays.

Tyler Naquin added a two-run double for the Reds.

The Reds rocked Baz with eight hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander had allowed a combined three runs in 22 1/3 innings in his previous four starts.

COACHES ROOM

Rays: SS Wander Franco (right wrist soreness) and CF Kevin Kiermaier (left hip swelling) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. … LHP Jeffrey Springs (right lower leg tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday.

Reds: Sunday’s game was the seventh straight 1B Joey Votto (lower back stiffness) has missed.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Rays: The starting pitcher for Monday’s series opener at home against the Red Sox remained to be determined.

Reds: Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft, Tuesday’s starter at Yankee Stadium, went 2-13 innings in his last start Wednesday against the Mets, the shortest outing of his nine outings.

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