MLB Luis Castillo strikes out 10 as Reds edge Red Sox

Two-out errors in the sixth and ninth innings allowed runs to score as the Cincinnati Reds edged the host Boston Red Sox 2-1 in the opener of a two-game series on Tuesday night.

Joey Votto doubled twice in three at-bats, Matt Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a run and Albert Almora Jr. went 2-for-4 to lead the Reds, who have won five of their past six games.

In just his fifth start of the season, Luis Castillo (2-2) struck out 10 and allowed just one hit and three walks across six shutout innings.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Verdugo’s ground-ball single off the glove of first baseman Votto allowed Boston to cut its deficit in half. Enrique Hernandez had singled up the middle before Rafael Devers (2-for-4) doubled into the left-field corner to start the frame.

Tony Santillan secured his fourth save by striking out Trevor Story with Devers on third as the tying run.

Boston has lost back-to-back games.

A Devers single in Boston’s second at-bat marked the lone baserunner for either team through 3 1/2 innings.

In the Red Sox’s fourth, J.D. Martinez was stranded on second base after a walk and a passed ball.

Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hernandez began the sixth by drawing back-to-back walks, but Devers grounded into a double play and Castillo struck out Martinez swinging to keep Boston scoreless after six.

Red Sox starter Michael Wacha (3-1) began the game with four consecutive 1-2-3 innings before Votto began the fifth with a double off the top of the Boston bullpen wall that was inches from being a home run.

Wacha struck out three over 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball. He walked none, and the one run he yielded was unearned.

The Reds broke the scoreless tie in the sixth. Almora and Reynolds began the frame with back-to-back singles. Almora was then cut down at the plate on Aristides Aquino’s fielder’s-choice grounder to third, but a two-out throwing error by third baseman Devers allowed the first run to cross home.

Another error allowed the visitors to double their lead in the ninth. Alejo Lopez made it a 2-0 Reds lead after crossing the plate on a Reynolds single and subsequent throwing miscue by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

–Field Level Media

Follow us on Google news for more updates and News

Full Disclaimer



Get the most important news and analyses for Free.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.