Reds can't capitalize on rallies in 9th and 10th

Reds can't capitalize on rallies in 9th and 10th

PHOENIX -- After the D-backs blew a lead in the ninth inning and had to rally after falling behind in the 10th, Brandon Drury scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to lift Arizona to a 4-3 win over the Reds in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.

"I was just looking for a ball in the dirt, and that's what he threw," Drury said. "You've got to be ready for a ball in the dirt and any time it goes to the backstop, you've got to score on that play."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Bullpen takes brunt of hard-luck loss to D-backs

Reds relievers let extra-inning lead, game slip away

Bullpen takes brunt of hard-luck loss to D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Reds bullpen is ranked 29th in ERA this season, while the D-backs are one spot back at the bottom of the league. With second-half improvement, the Reds haven't pitched like their ranking much lately, but it found a creative way to let a win slip away.

The culmination was a Blake Wood wild pitch to Jean Segura in the bottom of the 11th inning that scored Brandon Drury for a 4-3 walk-off loss on Friday night.

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Cozart eager for return to starting lineup

Reds shortstop healthy after being sidelined with Achilles inflammation

Cozart eager for return to starting lineup

PHOENIX -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is really itching to play again, especially since he is no longer bothered by the left Achilles tendon inflammation that's kept him out of the lineup since Aug. 17.

"We've been playing so well. It's been a lot more fun to watch than if we were losing, but I want to be out there and help the team win just as much. I'm ready to get out there," Cozart said Friday before the Reds' 4-3 loss to the D-backs in 11 innings.

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DeSclafani looking for sharp outing in Arizona

DeSclafani looking for sharp outing in Arizona

Joey Votto is closing in on a rare feat for the Reds by batting .400 in consecutive months. Votto batted. 413 in July and is at .417 so far in August, with five days remaining. If successful, Votto would be the first in the Majors since Josh Hamilton in 2010 to have consecutive months with a .400 average.

Vada Pinson in 1961 is the only Reds player in the modern era to hit .400 in any two months of a season.

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Winker among Reds' potential prospect callups

Cincinnati could also use Herrera, Stephenson, Garrett in September

Winker among Reds' potential prospect callups

CINCINNATI -- The end of August in the Major Leagues signals that reinforcements will soon be summoned. Rosters are allowed to expand on Sept. 1, often an opportunity for prospects and deserving players to get some exposure to the big leagues.

For the Reds, the possibilities this September offer some intrigue. Will outfielder Jesse Winker get his long-awaited promotion? Will pitcher Robert Stephenson be recalled despite an inconsistent year? Infielder Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade on Aug. 1, should be wearing a Reds uniform for the first time.

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Pipeline preview: Mahle featured in duel of the day

Pipeline preview: Mahle featured in duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Saturday's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Mauricio Dubon (Red Sox's No. 12), Portland vs. Trenton (6 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Reds pick up Adleman, but Rangers strike late

Reds pick up Adleman, but Rangers strike late

CINCINNATI -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner on a night Yu Darvish's first career homer stole the show.

Beltre's two-out double in the eighth inning Wednesday drove home Ian Desmond with the go-ahead run, and the Rangers held on for a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Park.

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Hamilton dazzles with another diving snag

Hamilton dazzles with another diving snag

CINCINNATI -- What does Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton do for an encore after making one of the best catches of his career? He goes back to work and takes away another hit with another tremendous defensive effort.

For the third out of the Rangers' fourth inning during the Reds' 6-5 loss, Mitch Moreland hit a fly ball off Tim Adleman to right-center field. It had Hamilton take a wide turn to his left and race into position to once again leave his feet to make the diving catch.

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Cozart takes 'first step' toward return from injury

Cozart takes 'first step' toward return from injury

CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart made progress toward getting back in the lineup on Wednesday when he was able to take ground balls on the field and batting practice. Cozart, who has not been in the lineup since Aug. 17, was bothered by a sore right knee and left Achilles tendon inflammation.

The knee improved more quickly, but the Achilles needed extra time and treatment.

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Winker, Trahan among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Winker, Trahan among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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Reds to attend Tebow showcase

Reds to attend Tebow showcase

CINCINNATI -- When former NFL and college quarterback Tim Tebow attempts to show that he can play baseball next week, the Reds will be one of several clubs watching.

Cincinnati will have a scout in Los Angeles on Tuesday when Tebow holds a workout showcase. A signing seems to be a longshot, and the Reds' presence appears to be more of a due diligence-type effort similar to other clubs.

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Billy bolt: Grab merits gold-medal glove

Reds' speedy center fielder robs Beltran of extra-base hit

Billy bolt: Grab merits gold-medal glove

CINCINNATI -- Usain Bolt, you've met your match.

The 2016 Summer Olympics are over, but Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made a breathtaking catch on Tuesday worthy of Olympic gold. 

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Straily shuts down Texas for 6th straight win

Straily shuts down Texas for 6th straight win

CINCINNATI -- Reds right-hander Dan Straily is on a roll, and it didn't stop against the first-place Rangers on Tuesday night.

Straily, in a tight pitching matchup with left-hander Derek Holland, pitched six dominant innings, and the Reds held on for a 3-0 victory at Great American Ball Park. The Rangers have lost three straight, but remain 5 1/2 games up on the Mariners, who lost to the Yankees, 5-1, in the American League West with 36 to play.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Straily proving to be valuable commodity

Righty tosses 6 scoreless innings vs. Rangers to win 6th straight decision

Straily proving to be valuable commodity

CINCINNATI -- Heading into the All-Star break, Reds starter Dan Straily was looking like a bargain.

Picked up off the waiver wire five days before the start of the regular season, Straily worked his way from the bullpen to the rotation and gave the team 101 1/3 innings over 16 starts with a 4.35 ERA, which was ballooned by one bad start at the end of June.

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Suarez impressing Reds with improved glove

Third baseman among MLB leaders in defensive runs saved

Suarez impressing Reds with improved glove

CINCINNATI -- Until this season, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez's experience with his position, defensively, was more of a dabbler rather than master craftsman. Suarez had all of 10 innings in parts of three big league games and 48 Minor League games.

While his transition from shortstop to third base is not a completed project to warrant master craftsman status, the Reds have been pleased with his progress.

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Hamilton laughs, shrugs after latest crazy catch

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Hamilton laughs, shrugs after latest crazy catch

If it's a day ending in "y," you can probably assume Billy Hamilton is out there on the field doing things others dream about.

The speedburning Reds center fielder has a knack for the unbelievable, whether running the bases or making sprawling, diving catches that make more sense in video games than they do in real life.

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Reds to host 'Swing For Your Seats' event

Fans will have chance to hit HR at Great American Ball Park for free season tickets

CINCINNATI -- The second half has provided some optimism for the rebuilding Reds -- their record since the All-Star break is third-best in the Majors, and second to the Cubs in the National League.

For those fans confident that the trend might carry into next season and are looking to buy a season ticket package, the Reds are providing a rare opportunity.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds roughed up by Dodgers in series finale

Reds roughed up by Dodgers in series finale

CINCINNATI -- If the Dodgers' bats came alive in Sunday's win, they were downright perky on Monday. With seven home runs, including four slugged during the top of the fifth inning, Los Angeles took a wild 18-9 victory over the Reds to gain a split of their four-game series.

Adrian Gonzalez did the most damage with three homers and a career-high eight RBIs, including a three-run shot in the first inning, a solo homer in the six-run fifth and another three-run homer in the seventh. The win helped inch the Dodgers' lead in the National League West standings to one game over the idle Giants ahead of the rivals' three-game series that opens on Tuesday.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Monday.

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Holt knuckles down, pitches 1-2-3 ninth

Bailey, four Reds relievers struggle in loss to Dodgers

Holt knuckles down, pitches 1-2-3 ninth

CINCINNATI -- Sometimes baseball can be a nutty game, indeed. In a blowout game on Monday between the Reds and Dodgers that had no shortage of scoring, it took an outfielder to have the best inning pitched.

Summoned to pitch the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 18-9 loss, reserve outfielder Tyler Holt retired the side in order -- using five pitches. It was the first time the Reds used a position player to pitch since Skip Schumaker did it in an 8-0 loss to the Braves on Aug. 21, 2014.

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Senzel off to hot start in pro career

Senzel off to hot start in pro career

CINCINNATI -- This has indeed been a crazy summer for 2016 Reds first-round Draft pick Nick Senzel.

The overall No. 2 selection from the University of Tennessee, Senzel went from finishing college baseball, to the intensity of the Draft process, playing short season Minor League ball at Billings for 10 games before arriving at his current spot at Class A Dayton.

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Peraza may stick around rest of season

Peraza may stick around rest of season

CINCINNATI -- When young infielder Jose Peraza was sent back to Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 1 after not getting regular playing time for the bulk of six weeks, he was expected to return as a September callup.

Shortstop Zack Cozart's right knee and left Achilles tendon injuries moved up the timetable to Saturday. Cozart hopes to return later this week, but that doesn't automatically mean that Peraza will go back to Louisville to finish the Minor League season. The 22-year-old could stick around.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DeSclafani shows mettle in seven-inning start

DeSclafani shows mettle in seven-inning start

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday at Great American Ball Park didn't feature many robust moments, nor was starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani particularly sharp on the mound. While it might be easy for young pitchers on the staff to watch and learn when a pitcher like DeSclafani is at the top of his game, they should also be observing when he isn't.

DeSclafani began the game by allowing a leadoff home run to Chase Utley and trailed by a 3-0 score after three innings. But he was still able to provide something the rotation often struggled with the first half -- a seven-inning start. He gave up all four runs with eight hits, one intentional walk and six strikeouts.

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Offense goes quiet as Reds' surge halted

Offense goes quiet as Reds' surge halted

CINCINNATI -- Chase Utley and Julio Urias established the point early that Sunday would be a better day for the Dodgers. Utley gave his team its first lead of the series when he led off the game with a home run and played a part in two other runs in a 4-0 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. That snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Angeles while also ending Cincinnati's five-game winning streak.

The victory, combined with the Giants' 2-0 loss Sunday night against the Mets, lifted the Dodgers back into first place, a half-game ahead of their National League West rivals, who come to Los Angeles for a three-game series starting Tuesday.   

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

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This fan somehow pulled off the rare and mythic foam-finger catch

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This fan somehow pulled off the rare and mythic foam-finger catch

We've long posed this question: "Should an adult fan bring a glove to a baseball game?" Regardless of your opinion on this matter, we've clearly overlooked the perfect compromise for both factions.

Thankfully, this fan at Sunday's Dodgers-Reds game -- which the Dodgers won, 4-0 -- has opened our eyes to the most creative solution to the debate:

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Cozart still dealing with Achilles soreness

Cozart still dealing with Achilles soreness

CINCINNATI -- The good news is that Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has gotten past the soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee that has kept him out lately. The bad news is that Cozart's other nagging injury, left Achilles tendon inflammation, still left him unable to play on Sunday.

Cozart entered the clubhouse in the morning wearing a walking boot, a preventative measure to protect the injury.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds pound Dodgers behind Finnegan

Reds pound Dodgers behind Finnegan

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Reds' offense pounded out 18 hits, including home runs by Adam Duvall, Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler, as they won a season-high fifth straight, 11-1, over the Dodgers Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.

The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 19 minutes in the middle of the seventh inning.

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Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati. He covered the Reds on Saturday.

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Good recall: Peraza HRs in return from Triple-A

Shortstop drives in three vs. Dodgers; Sampson optioned to Louisville

Good recall: Peraza HRs in return from Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- The Reds recalled shortstop Jose Peraza from Triple-A Louisville prior to Saturday's 11-1 win over the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park and the move paid immediate dividends.

Peraza was immediately placed in the starting lineup, batting second, as Zack Cozart remained out with an Achilles injury. The shortstop went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in the Reds' fifth straight win.

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Only rain can stop dominant Finnegan

Lefty loses no-no into 7th, lifted after 79-minute delay

Only rain can stop dominant Finnegan

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Finnegan has found a favorite team to pitch against: The Los Angeles Dodgers.

Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as he pitched his best game of the season in an 11-1 Reds victory over the Dodgers Saturday night at Great American Ball Park. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez broke up Finnegan's no-hit bid leading off the seventh with a single to center through a shifted defense. It was the only hit Finnegan allowed as he completed seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.

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