BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
The Reds started off their two game series with the Detroit Tigers with a 9-5 win on Tuesday night, the team’s first home victory against an interleague opponent this season.
The game started out with a bang for the Reds, as after two scoreless innings Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit a grand slam home run in the third, followed by an RBI double by catcher Tucker Barnhart. Center fielder Billy Hamilton and left fielder Adam Duvall each added to the Reds’ lead with a solo home run and RBI double respectively, followed by a bases loaded hit by pitch drawn by third baseman Eugenio Suarez in the seventh to take a 9-0 lead.
However, the Tigers had a run in the bottom of the ninth with pinch hitter JaCoby Jones getting a bases loaded walk and center fielder Leonys Martin hitting a two RBI double, followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from third baseman Jeimer Candelario and another RBI sacrifice fly by second baseman Niko Goodrum, but that would be all as the Reds won 9-5.
Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano pitched seven innings with no earned runs on four hits and four walks to get the win. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd went four innings in the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks.
The teams will finish up the series on Wednesday afternoon.