Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Drury homers late and sends Reds past Orioles with series win

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Brandon Drury's 8th inning solo homer extended his career high mark to 20 and sent the Reds past the Orioles 3-2 Sunday afternoon. The win secured a series win for the Reds, a winning homestand (6-4) and a winning month of July (14-12). Nick Lodolo was excellent over six plus innings. Alexi Diaz gave up a 2-1 lead on a game-tying homer in the 8th inning. But Buck Farmer became the 8th Reds pitcher to record a save this season, the first of his big league career in his 260th major league appearance.

Winning: The Reds are 4-1-1 in their last six series. 12-7 over their last 19 games.

Moving on up: The Reds are alone in 4th place. That's their highest since they were tied for 3rd place on April 12.

Reversal of fortunes: The Reds are 11-7 in interleague play, clinching a winning record in interleague play for the first time since 2013. They are 9-5 vs AL East this season with two games remaining against the Red Sox. The Reds entered this season with the worst record in MLB since interleague play began in 1997.

Nick Lodolo: 6 IN, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. 90 pitches/58 strikes. ERA dips to 3.99. What a big time learning/confidence moment for Lodolo in the 6th inning.
After two straight two out hits in scoreless game, he went 1 & 2 in the count but missed with back -to-back breaking balls to go full count. He came back with heat. Strikeout. You could see what it meant to him. Had to make a pitch. Made a killer pitch. Those moments are what this season is about for the Reds. Those moments are becoming positive ones more and more for Lodolo, Greene and Ashcraft. Leading 2-0, David Bell sent Lodolo back out for a shot at the 7th inning. But he walked the leadoff batter after sitting during a long half inning by the Reds offense and his day was done.

20/20: Drury is one of nine MLB players with at least 20 HR and 20 doubles.

On the board: Scoreless in the 6th, Joey Votto flipped an RBI single the other way off former Reds reliever Cionel Perez to make it 1-0. Votto had a two hit day.

Add-on: The Reds loaded the bases with one out in the 6th and Kyle Farmer brought home another run on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Leading man: Jonathan India lead off the game with a hit for the third consecutive game and now 6 of his last 7. He later added a walk.

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