Reds jump on Twins, 11-7

Published 2:26 am Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton ran the Minnesota Twins into a hole so big they couldn’t get out of it.

The speedy leadoff hitter scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a huge lead, and the Reds held on for an 11-7 victory over the Twins on Monday night.

It all started with Hamilton, who got on base four times overall and didn’t hesitate to take off. He wound up with four steals.

“That’s fun,” he said. “Getting those four stolen bases gives me a lot of confidence.”

The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs and a 9-1 lead in the third inning, when Mike Pelfrey (5-5) failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Pelfrey gave up eight runs — matching his season high — and nine hits, retiring only six of 17 batters.

Cincinnati’s Mike Leake let most of the lead slip away. Ten Twins batted during a six-run rally in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Dozier’s three-run homer off Leake cut it to 9-7.

Leake sat around during the Reds’ big inning — he contributed a sacrifice bunt — and had trouble with his control when he got back on the mound.

“Well, I got a little bored, but that’s no excuse,” Leake said, referring to the Reds’ 10-batter rally. “I just elevated some balls that they took advantage of it. They put a good inning together.”

Nate Adcock (1-1) got the victory with two scoreless innings following Leake’s exit. Cincinnati’s bullpen did not allow a hit in five innings of relief.

“We didn’t let this one get away,” manager Bryan Price said. “I think for a while there, you had the sinking feeling that we were going to let this one get away.”

The Twins haven’t overcome an eight-run deficit to win a game since 1929, when they were the Washington Senators, according to STATS. They couldn’t pull it off on Monday as the Reds matched their season high with 17 hits.

Every Cincinnati position player had at least one hit, and seven different players scored. The Reds had at least one hit in each inning.

Hamilton reached in each of his first four plate appearances on a pair of infield singles and two walks. His four steals gave him 40 for the season, most in the majors.

Tucker Barnhart had a career-high four hits and drove in a pair of runs. Eugenio Suarez, who is filling in at shortstop with Zack Cozart out for the season, had three hits and drove in three runs.

AGAINST THAT OTHER LEAGUE

The Twins are 7-9 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 4-8.

RESCHEDULED

The Reds’ home game against Detroit that was rained out on June 18 will be made up on Monday, Aug. 24.

STEALING FOUR

It was the third time in his career that Hamilton stole at least four bases in a game. He stole five bases on June 14 at Wrigley Field, matching the club record.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco will see another specialist about his sore right ankle, which has sidelined him since the start of June.

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco had surgery on his left hip Monday as planned. He’s been on the disabled list since June 25. … 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup with two sore hands. … RHP Raisel Iglesias, sidelined since June 5 by a strained oblique, will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Twins: Phil Hughes (6-6) makes his first career appearance against the Reds. He’s 9-4 in interleague play with a 3.82 ERA.

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (5-5) makes his first appearance against the Twins. He has given up seven runs in 11 innings during his last two starts.

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Reds 11, Twins 7

Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Dozier 2b 5 1 1 3 0 3 .266

Mauer 1b 5 0 1 0 0 2 .259

Tor.Hunter rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 .265

Plouffe 3b 4 2 2 1 0 0 .254

E.Rosario cf 3 1 2 0 1 0 .274

K.Suzuki c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .224

Edu.Escobar lf 2 1 1 1 1 0 .249

Pressly p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

d-Nunez ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286

A.Thompson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Pelfrey p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .667

Meyer p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

a-K.Vargas ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245

Graham p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

b-S.Robinson ph-lf 1 0 0 0 1 0 .252

Da.Santana ss 3 1 1 1 0 2 .217

Totals 34 7 9 6 3 10

 

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

B.Hamilton cf 4 3 2 0 2 0 .224

De Jesus Jr. 2b 3 2 2 1 2 0 .240

Votto 1b 3 1 1 2 2 0 .284

Frazier 3b 5 0 1 1 0 1 .289

Bruce rf 4 1 2 2 0 0 .241

Byrd lf 5 2 2 0 0 1 .233

Barnhart c 5 1 4 2 0 0 .308

Suarez ss 5 1 3 3 0 1 .316

Leake p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .128

Adcock p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

c-Schumaker ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .220

M.Parra p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

e-Bourgeois ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

A.Chapman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Totals 38 11 17 11 6 6

 

Minnesota 010 600 000 — 7 9 0

Cincinnati 315 001 10x — 11 17 0

 

a-lined out for Meyer in the 4th. b-walked for Graham in the 6th. c-struck out for Adcock in the 6th. d-grounded out for Pressly in the 8th. e-struck out for M.Parra in the 8th.

LOB—Minnesota 4, Cincinnati 11. 2B—Tor.Hunter (14), Plouffe (18), Edu.Escobar (11), Bruce 2 (13), Barnhart (4), Suarez (3). HR—Dozier (16), off Leake. RBIs—Dozier 3 (40), Plouffe (41), Edu.Escobar (28), Da.Santana (12), De Jesus Jr. (7), Votto 2 (38), Frazier (54), Bruce 2 (40), Barnhart 2 (7), Suarez 3 (9). SB—E.Rosario (6), S.Robinson (4), B.Hamilton 4 (40), Suarez 2 (3). S—Da.Santana, Leake. SF—Bruce.

Runners left in scoring position—Minnesota 2 (Edu.Escobar, Mauer); Cincinnati 8 (Suarez, Frazier 2, Bruce, Leake, B.Hamilton 2, Byrd). RISP—Minnesota 5 for 12; Cincinnati 8 for 19.

Runners moved up—Votto, Byrd. GIDP—K.Suzuki, Frazier.

DP—Minnesota 1 (Da.Santana, Dozier, Mauer); Cincinnati 1 (Leake, De Jesus Jr., Votto).

 

Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Pelfrey L, 5-5 2 9 8 8 3 1 68 3.81

Meyer 1 1 1 1 2 1 30 16.88

Graham 2 2 0 0 0 2 27 3.03

Pressly 2 4 2 2 1 1 38 3.08

A.Thompson 1 1 0 0 0 1 12 5.04

 

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Leake 4 9 7 7 1 5 71 4.38

Adcock W, 1-1 2 0 0 0 2 2 39 4.35

M.Parra H, 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 1.88

A.Chapman 1 0 0 0 0 3 22 1.89

A.Torres pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

Pelfrey pitched to 4 batters in the 3rd.

Inherited runners-scored—Meyer 1-1. WP—Leake, Adcock.

Umpires—Home, Bob Davidson; First, David Rackley; Second, Hunter Wendelstedt; Third, Jerry Layne.

T—3:34. A—28,904 (42,319).