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I was driving in runs in Tampa when the radiator burst. Reds win, 4-3.

Everybody cut, everybody cut!  Everybody cut, everybody cut!  Everybody cut FOOTLOOSE!  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Everybody cut, everybody cut! Everybody cut, everybody cut! Everybody cut FOOTLOOSE! (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Ryan Hanigan.  What back spasms?  The uglier half of our two-headed catching monster belted a three run homer, and also singled and walked.  Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto (two hits and a run) and Logan Ondrusek (a perfect inning of relief to redeem himself from yesterday).

Key Plays

  • Once again, the Rays and Reds started things off with a pitchers' duel.  Both Edinson Volquez and James Shields had scoreless games going through three innings.  But Joey Votto and Scott Rolen led off the fourth inning with singles.  Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes struck out, but Ryan Hanigan, not known for his power, knocked a pitch over the left field wall.  Reds lead, 3-0.
  • Volquez kept Tampa's hitters baffled until the sixth inning.  With one out, Johnny Damon singled (and tied Ted Williams for number of career hits), Ben Zobrist walked, and Evan Longoria smashed a double, scoring both of the runners.  Longoria then got caught leaning off second when Matt Joyce lined a ball into Brandon Phillips's glove.  A double play, and the inning was over.  Reds lead, 3-2.
  • Jonny Gomes and Ryan Hanigan both walked leading off the seventh inning.  Drew Stubbs bunted, and Hanigan was thrown out at second.  Runners were on the corners for Fred Lewis, who singled softly to left.  Gomes was safe at home with a big insurance run.  Reds lead, 4-2.
  • That run was especially important, because Volquez gave up a tater to B.J. Upton with one out in the bottom of the seventh.  That was it for the Wagon, and Logan Ondrusek came in to clean things up.  Reds win, 4-3.
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Other Notes

  • James Shields's last three games were all complete game wins, in which he'd surrendered a grand total of two runs.
  • This was Edinson Volquez's first win away from Cincinnati since May 6.
  • Johnny Damon and Ted Williams are now tied in 70th place on the all time hits list.  Damon needs four more to catch Harry Heilmann and 1,602 to catch Pete Rose.
  • This was the first interleague series the Reds have won this year, and the first series win since sweeping the Dodgers June 13-15.
  • The Reds struck out 31 times in the series.

  • Final - 6.29.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 0
    Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 5 0
    WP: Edinson Volquez (5 - 3)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (16)
    LP: James Shields (8 - 5)

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