Polanco’s HR is not enough as twins fall in Cincinnati
“At first he struggled to find his change but after that he settled down and pitched when he needed to which was great,” said Stephenson, the receiver.
Stephenson drove the batter’s eye deep in the left center to give the Reds a 6-1 lead in the seventh.
“Obviously we would have liked to keep the score as it was after the home run,” said Stephenson. “It just fell like that.”
The Twins then sent nine hitters to the plate in an eighth of four runs. Trevor Larnach scored two with a brace, Miguel Sanó scored an RBI brace and Ryan Jeffers added a single with a point.
Michael Lorenzen made a save by five strikeouts, his first of the season after making just one appearance in the first three months due to injury.
“It’s just fun, honestly, to participate,” said Lorenzen. “No matter the round, no matter the situation. I didn’t know we were one. I don’t know when I realized it.
Twins rookie Charlie Barnes (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings in his second career start.
The Reds scored all of their points with two strikeouts. They put together three hits to take a 4-1 lead in the third. Votto followed Kyle Farmer’s RBI single with a two-run double and scored on Stephenson’s single.
“We have to find a way to finish the heats,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It is a fact.”
Castillo got help from the Farmer shortstop to get out of the sixth. With runners in the first and second row and no one on the sidelines, Farmer took a throw from India in the second and executed a 360-degree turn before relaying to Votto early for a double play.
India’s first single late in the first inning raised the rookie’s first inning batting average to 0.388.
Polanco’s home run extended his hitting streak this season to eight games (14 for 37, .378, two doubles, four homers).
LFr twins Brent Rooker appeared to briefly lose Jesse Winker’s ball before recovering in time to make a tumbling catch in the first inning.
The fireworks normally saved by the Reds for home runs and wins were set off when Farmer led Shogo Akiyama with Cincinnati’s first run in the third.
Twins: Manager Rocco Baldelli said INF Josh Donaldson (right hamstring) was “A-OK” after his shot-by-shot appearance on Tuesday as he tried to beat a ground player in a double play. Wednesday’s game was Donaldson’s sixth consecutive missed start.
Reds: All-Star OF Nick Castellanos (right wrist) took nearly half an hour of batting practice on Wednesday and manager David Bell said he “could be a day away” from returning. The NL’s batting leader at 0.329 was put on the 10-day injured list on July 22.
Twins: RHP rookie Griffin Jax (1-1, 6.41 ERA) is set to start the opener of a four-game series Thursday in Houston, the final leg of Minnesota’s nine-game journey.
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (3-6, 4.26) starts Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against last-place Pittsburgh.