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Reds rookie Smith endures rough patch

Reds rookie Smith endures rough patch

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LOS ANGELES -- Since a streak of 13 scoreless innings over 11 appearances ended on Aug. 11, Reds rookie reliever Jordan Smith has been giving up more hits and runs than the club is used to seeing.

Over his last five appearances, totaling four innings, Smith has allowed nine hits and six runs of his own. Overall, he entered Sunday 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA with five of his nine inherited runners scoring.

"Well, maybe they're figuring him out, too. That's one thing," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "And he's getting the ball over the heart of the plate. He's almost throwing too many strikes. These guys go to school. They start seeing patterns. You might have to change your pattern or come up and in more. You do whatever it takes to get them out."

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