MLB Game Summary - Cincinnati at Texas|
(Friday, June 28th)
Final Score: Texas 4, Cincinnati 0
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Martin Perez sparkled in his third start of
the season by tossing shutout ball into the seventh inning, and the Texas
Rangers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0, to open a three-game series.
Perez (2-1) allowed six hits and walked a batter over his 6 2/3 innings. The
22-year-old left-hander also had three strikeouts to help the Rangers to their
eighth win in nine games.
"He was pounding the strike zone and not getting caught in any patterns,"
Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He had good mound presence."
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (4-2) left with tightness in his right lat
in the second inning. His replacement, Tony Cingrani, pitched four innings,
but walked six batters, including three in a row during the second inning when
the Rangers expanded their lead to 3-0.
Cincinnati, which went 0-for-10 with men in scoring position, lost for the
sixth time in seven games.
Elvis Andrus legged out an infield hit in the bottom of the first inning,
stole second with two outs and scored on Adrian Beltre's looping base hit to
Cueto exited after making 29 pitches and had a 1-2 count on Mitch Moreland
when he left with nobody out in the second. Cueto was on the disabled list
from April 15 - May 19 with a strained right lat and again earlier this month
with a strained right shoulder.
Cingrani walked Jurickson Profar, gave up a single to David Murphy and walked
Ian Kinsler to load the bases. Elvis Andrus drew a walk on a low and inside
pitch to force in a run, and it became 3-0 when Nelson Cruz walked on a high
Profar singled to right to score Beltre in the fifth. At first, Beltre slowed
up at third, but went home when right fielder Jay Bruce threw the ball to
The Reds loaded the bases in the seventh, but Jason Frasor put out the fire by
getting Devin Mesoraco to ground into a force play to end the inning.
Zack Cozart doubled and made it to third in the eighth, but Joey Votto
grounded out to stop that threat.
"It's been a frustrating road trip for us," Cozart said. "We didn't play well
in Oakland and it continued tonight."
Robbie Ross gave up a single to Bruce in the ninth. Bruce made it to second
and was destined to come home on a bouncer toward third base. Beltre made a
nifty stop and threw across the diamond for the final out.
This was the first time since June 2 (3-1 home win over Royals) that the
Rangers scored in the first inning ... The game-time temperature was 100
degrees ... This weekend's visit is the Reds' second to Arlington, their first
trip here since 2002 ... Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who had two
hits, returned to the team after missing the series in Oakland because of a
family matter ... The Reds started a period of playing 17 straight days
heading into the All-Star break ... Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin
singled in the sixth to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.
06/29 01:18:09 ET