MLB Game Summary - Minnesota at Cincinnati|
(Friday, June 22nd)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Cincinnati 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Doumit finished a triple shy of the
cycle on Friday as the Twins defeated the Reds, 5-4, in the opener a three-
Doumit crushed a homer and scored twice, while Ben Revere added four hits
and plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to break a 4-4
A Pittsburgh Pirate for his first seven major league seasons, Doumit was no
stranger to Great American Ball Park.
"It felt pretty good. I've played in this park a lot and I've played against
this team a lot," he said. "The comfortability of getting back to a National
League park was just one of those things. It was a nice night at the plate."
Nick Blackburn (4-4) earned the victory despite allowing four runs on five
hits and two walks over five frames and Glen Perkins fired a scoreless ninth
to nail down his second save of the year. The Twins have now won three of
their last five contests.
Homer Bailey (5-5) was charged for five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits
and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. Chris Heisey and Scott Rolen each stroked
two-run homers, but the Reds lost their fourth straight game.
"We had some untimely walks at the wrong time and some untimely strikeouts at
the wrong time," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Heisey's two-run blast to left in the bottom of the first gave the Reds the
early lead, but the Twins battled back in the second as Trevor Plouffe smacked
a leadoff single and Doumit followed with a ground-rule double down the left-
field line. Brian Dozier then grounded sharply to shortstop, allowing Plouffe
to cross home as Minnesota trimmed the deficit in half.
The visitors then tied the game in the third when Revere singled and moved to
second on an error by shortstop Zack Cozart. The speedy outfielder then stole
third and finally scored on a sac fly by Josh Willingham.
Minnesota jumped in front in the fourth when Doumit lifted a fastball into the
right-field seats to make it a 3-2 contest, but the Reds responded with a
long ball in the bottom half as Rolen followed Ryan Ludwick's one-out double
with a two-run blast to left, restoring the Reds' one-run lead.
In the sixth, Doumit and Jamey Carroll each singled around a Dozier pop out
before pinch-hitter Joe Mauer coaxed a walk to load the bases and chase Bailey
from the game.
Bill Bray entered for Bailey and walked Denard Span to tie the game before
Revere's go-ahead sac fly to right scored Carroll from third to put the Twins
back on top, 5-4.
The Reds threatened in the ninth as Rolen singled to start the frame, moved
to second on a bunt and found third on a single by Ryan Hanigan.
After a brief meeting at the mound, Perkins settled in and fanned consecutive
Reds to end the contest.
Home plate umpire Jerry Layne left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning
after a broken bat struck him in the side of his head. He was taken to a
nearby hospital for additional testing...Bray was activated from the disabled
list earlier on Friday and made his first appearance since April 18...With his
run scored in the sixth, Carroll now has 500 runs scored for his career.
06/23 01:49:29 ET