BY: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
The Reds beat the Royals in the first game of their series against the Kansas City Royals 5-1 in ten innings on Tuesday night.
The game started with most of the first half going scoreless until the Royals came through in the fifth inning, when first baseman Hunter Dozier hit a solo homer to put them ahead 1-0. The score would stay that way until the ninth inning came around, when Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart tied it up as he had a solo home run of his own. The Royals were unable to get the winning run in the bottom of the inning, sending the game into extra innings.
It didn’t take long for the Reds offense to get going in extra innings, as designated hitter Joey Votto hit a three RBI triple, followed by third baseman Eugenio Suarez tacking on an RBI single as well. The Royals were unable to make a comeback in the bottom of the inning, as the Reds went on to win 5-1.
Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano had a strong effort, going eight innings and giving up just one earned run with four hits and one walk in the no decision. Royals starter Ian Kennedy gave up no earned runs but three hits and three walks over eight innings in his no decision, as Reds reliever David Hernandez earned the win while Royals relievers Kelvin Herrera and Kevin McCarthy had the blown save and loss respectively.
The teams will next play on Wednesday night.