Renteria sparks Reds offense

Homer Bailey struggled in the first two innings of the game as the Reds fell down 2-1 going into the sixth. Rookie Shortstop Zack Cozart then injured his left elbow on a play at second and was taken out of the game. The veteran Edgar Renteria came in to replace him and helped carry the Reds offense to score 10 unanswered runs in an 11-2 win.

After a 7 home run outing last night, neither team hit one out of the part in the 120 degree weather. The Reds started off the scoring in the first when Drew Stubbs came home after Joey Votto grounded out to the first baseman. In the second pitcher Derek Lowe then brought in two runs and the Braves had runners on second and third with only one out. Homer Bailey got Jason Hayward out on an infield fly and Brain McCann on a grounder to keep the Reds from further damage. Then the 6th inning came around and the Reds bats started to heat up. Renteria drove in two runs and Phillips drove in another one. In the 7th the Reds scored seven more and rookie third baseman Todd Frazier got his first MLB hit, a double, and brought in 3 runs while doing it.

Dontrelle Willis will be on the mound for the Reds on Sunday Night Baseball in the rubber match of the series. Willis has pitched very well in his first two starts but has lacked the run support needed to get his first win.

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