Brian Matusz gave up a double and infield hit to the first two batters he faced in the top of the third inning. He ran the count full to Joey Votto. Then he threw a curvevball.
Reds 4, Orioles 1.
Votto hit his 100th career home run, a 386-foot shot to right-center field, to break a 1-1 tie.
Matusz has thrown 55 pitches in three innings. He’s allowed four runs for the third consecutive start.
The Reds did Matusz a favor in the second by running on Matt Wieters with two outs. That’s rarely a good idea. Wieters cut down Drew Stubbs at third base to end the inning.
Wieters has thrown out 20 runners attempting to steal, tops in the majors.
Nick Markakis also did Matusz a favor by belting a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. That’s six home runs for Markakis this season, two since May 15.
Reds 4, Orioles 3.
Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest by any Oriole this season.
Plate umpire Adrian Johnson keeps giving Reds starter Bronson Arroyo the outside corner. And I’m talking about the corner of Russell and Camden St.
Update: It’s going to be one of those nights. Matt Wieters just homered into the Orioles’ bullpen to tie the game, 4-4, in the fourth inning. Estimated distance: 398 feet. That’s seven home runs for Wieters.
Update II: It’s really going to be one of those nights. Votto has homered again. His two-run shot in the fifth gave the Reds a 6-4 lead. It also gave him three hits and five RBIs on the night.
Down on the farm, catcher Adam Donachie has homered twice and driven in five runs for Single-A Frederick
Donachie is catching down at Frederick?
The Orioles had kept him back at extended spring training.
Short-season Single-A Aberdeen shortstop Mychal Givens also has homered tonight.