Reds’ late rally falls short as Tigers go on to win, 7-4
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Iglesias drove in three runs, Jim Adduci homered and the Detroit Tigers survived the loss of pitcher Mike Fiers to an early injury to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep.
Fiers left after the second with a bruised left shin, sustained on a comebacker off the bat of Mason Williams. X-rays on Fiers’ shin were negative, and it was unclear whether he will make his next scheduled start.
Drew VerHagen (2-2) followed as the first of six relievers and pitched three scoreless innings. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
Sal Romano (6-9) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Iglesia hit a two-run double in the second, and Adduci had a solo homer in the fourth. Detroit made it 6-0 in the sixth when Ronny Rodriguez hit an RBI double and scored on Iglesias’s single over a drawn-in infield, and a throwing error by left fielder Phillip Ervin allowed in another run.
Cincinnati closed to 6-4 in a four-run seventh off Alex Wilson that included Preston Tucker’s RBI single and Curt Casali’s two-run double, and an RBI single by Billy Hamilton off Louis Coleman. Casali was thrown out at the plate by Rodriguez from first when he tried to score on a groundout.
JaCoby Jones had an RBI single in the eighth.
Reds: With OF Scott Schebler (right shoulder) still waiting to start a rehab assignment and OF Jesse Winkler having season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday, Tucker was Cincinnati’s designated hitter and will see action in the outfield.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (7-8, 4.53) starts Thursday at Washington, with RHP Max Scherzer (14-5, 2.30) starting for the Nationals.
Tigers: LHP Blaine Hardy (4-3, 3.61) starts Friday at Oakland. LHP Brett Anderson (2-2, 5.55) opens for the Athletics.
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