Reds 11, Royals 5
Call it a plus-three night for Jonny Gomes.
Gomes misjudged a three-run double in the field, but hit
three-run homers in his first two at-bats for a career-high six
RBIs, powering the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-5 win over the Kansas
City Royals on Saturday.
“This game will drive you crazy with its ups and downs,” said
the Reds left fielder, whose six RBIs were a Cincinnati season
high. “A win like this and an individual night like that will put
a smile on your face. It makes it all worth it.”
Brandon Phillips had three hits, including his eighth homer of
the season, to extend his hitting streak to 15 games – Cincinnati’s
longest of the season and the longest current streak in the majors.
The Reds overcame another shaky start by Johnny Cueto to snap a
four-game losing streak against Kansas City.
Cueto (6-1), who tied his career high twice by allowing 10 hits
in each of his last two outings, shook off a rocky second inning to
last six, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks. The
right-hander struck out six and retired 11 of the last 12 batters
“I felt strong, and I was trying to throw too hard,” Cueto
said. “(Pitching coach) Bryan Price told me in the clubhouse to
relax. I was overthrowing and opening up.”
Right-hander Brian Bannister (6-4) was pounded for 11 runs – 10
earned – on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts while seeing
his personal five-start winning streak snapped. Bannister said he
made the mistake of trying to pitch in the humid, 86-degree weather
on an empty stomach.
“I was struggling physically,” he said. “I like pitching on
an empty stomach, and I was trying to get liquids in me, but I was
feeling a little faint in the third inning.”
It showed in his control, manager Ned Yost said.
“He was over the plate,” Yost said. “When he’s on, he works
the corners, in and out.”
The Reds scored four runs in the first, the first on Phillips’
eighth home run of the season and the other three on Gomes’ eighth
homer of the season.
The Royals bounced right back with five runs in the second, one
on Bannister’s double to right-center field and three on David
DeJesus’ bases-loaded double to left field that sailed over Gomes’
head after he initially took a step toward the infield.
Gomes gave the Reds a 7-5 lead in the third with his second
homer of the game and 12th of his career against the Royals, more
than he’s hit against any other team. The eighth multihomer game of
his career prompted the crowd to cheer for a curtain call.
“The fans here, especially in left field, have really taken to
my style of play,” he said.
Gomes now has a team-high 47 RBI, four short of the 51 he drove
in all of last season and 12 shy of tying the career high he set
with Tampa Bay in 2006. Manager Dusty Baker will take every one of
“That’s what we talk about all the time,” Baker said. “The
name of the game is the team that touches home plate the most
Gomes was hit by pitches his next two times at the plate, and
Royals reliever Dusty Hughes hit pinch-hitters Chris Heisey and
Paul Janish with pitches in the seventh, tying a franchise record
for the most times hit by pitches in a game.
According to STATS, LLC, the Reds were hit by pitches four times
in a game for the first time since Sept. 5, 1965, against
Phillips singled during Cincinnati’s three-run fourth inning.
He’s hitting .462 (31 for 67) during his hitting streak, including
9 for 14 over his last three games.
NOTES: Kansas City C Jason Kendall snapped a 0-for-21 slump with
a seventh-inning single. … Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, along with
some of his assistants, several players and cheerleaders, the two
radio broadcasters and the team mascot were honored in pre-game
ceremonies. S Chris Crocker threw two ceremonial first pitches – a
football and a baseball. … Reds RHP Edinson Volquez allowed two
hits and had three strikeouts in three innings of a rehab start
with Class-A Lynchburg, his first since undergoing Tommy John
surgery last August. Volquez gave up hits to the first two batters
he faced before retiring nine straight.