The Cincinnati Reds scored ten runs in the sixth inning to erase a five run deficit as they went on to crush the Detroit Tigers, 12-5, Monday evening at Great American Ballpark.
The victory snaps a nine-game losing strueak for the Reds (52-71) while the Tigers (59-65) have now lost four in a row. Keyvius Sampson was chased after four innings of baseball in which he allowed five runs, while Buck Farmer began the sixth inning route, allowing three runs.
Detroit rocked Sampson early and often throughout the first inning. It started with and Ian Kinsler single and then Miguel Cabrera singled and J.D. Martinez brought everyone home with his 33rd home run of the season. Nick Castellanos added a solo home run of his own to make it 4-0. Cabrera added an RBI double in the fourth inning. As for Farmer he did not allow a Reds hit until the fifth inning when Jason Bourgeois singled.
Collin Balester (1-0) came on in relief of Sampson and would be the beneficiary of the big sixth inning. It would be Balester’s first victory since he won with the Tigers in 2012 after he tossed two scoreless innings on Monday.
The rally started with a familiar face to Tigers fans as Eugenio Suarez hit a one-out home run for the Reds first run. Suarez was acquired from Detroit for pitcher Alfredo Simon before the beginning of the season. Joey Votto followed with a walk and then Brandon Phillips smashed his 10th homer of the season to cut the lead to 5-3 and end the day for Farmer. Al Alburquerque (3-1) came on in relief of Farmer, but could not stop the damage from continuing.
Todd Frazier dropped a bunt single in front of the drawn back infield and scored on a double by Jay Bruce. Bourgeois drew a walk and that brought out Brad Ausmus from the Tigers dugout for the second time. Tom Gorzelanny walked the only batter he faced to load the bases, but Neftali Feliz came on and struck out Ivan De Jesus for the second out.
Skip Schumaker would not miss his opportunity to keep the big inning alive as he scored two runs on an opposite field single in his second at bat of the inning. Suarez punished his former team for the second time in the frame, this time with a two-run double to make it 8-5. Votto would be intentionally walked to set up a two-run triple off the bat of Phillips. Frazier finally ended the inning with a pop out to third.
Burke Badenhop allowed a ground rule double to Martinez to start the seventh, but squashed the Tigers rally with an inning ending double play. Guido Knudson tossed a scoreless seventh for the Tigers, but he was touched up for a two-run homer off the bat of Votto that extended the lead to 12-5.J.J. Hoover and Aroldis Chapman each added scoreless innings for the Reds to claim a game that was originally to be played on June 18.
Detroit returns home after its brief one-game road trip while the Reds welcome in the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers (67-56). L.A. is not playing like a first place team after losing five straight, but were aided by the Giants struggles in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Alex Wood (8-8, 3.79 ERA) will take on John Lamb (0-1, 6.35 ERA) in a rematch of the Aug. 14 game that was also Lamb’s MLB debut. Lamb looks to continue his high strikeout rate, but looks to pitch beyond the sixth inning his third career start. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.