Reds fall despite Votto's HR, quality Feldman

Reds fall despite Votto's HR, quality Feldman

CINCINNATI -- J.J. Hardy had two hits, but the one the Orioles needed the most came in the top of the 10th inning. Hardy's RBI single with two outs scored Mark Trumbo for a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Thursday that gave Baltimore two of three games in the series.

Reliever Darren O'Day pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to get the victory, and Brad Brach earned his second save in the bottom of the 10th. Following a two-inning, five-strikeout performance by Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati summoned Blake Wood for the top of the 10th of a 1-1 game. Trumbo picked up a one-out walk and went to second base on a Jonathan Schoop slow groundout to set up the winning run. Hardy lifted a single to left field, and Trumbo scored well ahead of the throw to the plate and catcher Tucker Barnhart's sweep tag.

Hardy had fallen behind 0-2. His strategy at that point?

"Umm, not strike out," Hardy said. "Just trying to see the ball, put it in play make something happen. Those guys are tough, really tough, good arms. Fortunately, that ball fell."

Hardy on his game-winning hit

Orioles starter Wade Miley tied a career high with 11 strikeouts as he pitched superbly over eight innings. Miley gave up one run and two hits with one walk but had to settle for a no-decision.

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Miley fans 11 over eight frames

Following Amir Garrett's seven-inning, 12-strikeout performance in Wednesday's loss, Reds starter Scott Feldman allowed one earned run and four hits over seven innings with no walks and four strikeouts. It gave Cincinnati consecutive quality starts for the first time this season. The only Orioles run against Feldman came with two outs in the second inning, when Jonathan Schoop attacked a first-pitch curveball and drove it to left field for a homer and a 1-0 lead.

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Schoop's solo homer

Feldman faced one over the minimum number of batters for the remainder of his start, but like Miley, did not factor in the final decision.

"It was a tough game tonight," Feldman said. "We had a chance to win the series and came up a little bit short. Guys made some great plays on defense, and unfortunately Wade pitched a great game."

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Out at third: Billy Hamilton made a rare mistake in the outfield, when he took two steps in on Hardy's liner to center field with one out in the fifth. As Hamilton tried to catch up to the ball, it zipped over his head to the wall. But he made a nice cut-off throw to shortstop Zack Cozart, who threw out Hardy at third base. It was the second time in the game Baltimore was nailed at third base. In the fourth, right fielder Scott Schebler ended the inning when he threw out Manny Machado trying to advance from first base on Trumbo's two-out single.

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"Confidence-wise, it's good," Schebler said. "I've been working on my arm. You guys know that. To get something like that and get out of a jam is awesome. As far as personally, I take pride in that."

Schebler nabs Machado at third

Votto's tape measure shot: Miley had a 1-0 lead and was holding the Reds hitless until there were two outs in the fourth inning. Joey Votto attacked a 2-0 pitch and cleared the fence for a solo shot to center field for his fifth homer of the season. The drive left the bat at 105 mph and traveled 423 feet, which was his second longest shot in the Statcast™ era and one foot short of his personal best.

Votto's solo homer

"One-run game, three really nice defensive plays, two pitchers who pitched their tails off. They were able to scratch out that run on a two-out base hit by Hardy. But we have to take this into the next series, play better and score some runs and get some victories." -- Reds manager Bryan Price

Reds second baseman Jose Peraza was 0-for-3 and struck out twice in the game. Entering the night, Peraza had a streak of 53 plate appearances without a strikeout, which was the longest such streak in the Majors so far in 2017.

Peraza's diving stop, throw

Orioles: The Orioles open a three-game series at home against Boston with a 7:05 p.m. ET game. Dylan Bundy (2-1, 1.86 ERA) faces Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.23).

Reds: Following a 4-15 record in their 2016 season series, the Reds will seek improved fortunes vs. the Cubs in their first meeting during a three-game series that begins on Friday. First pitch at Great American Ball Park is at 7:10 p.m. ET and will feature Tim Adleman making his second appearance and first start of the season.

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John Fay is a contributor to and covered the Orioles on Thursday.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for 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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