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Reds fall in series opener against the Orioles

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

BY: Brett Bibbins

After rain delayed the start of Tuesday night's game in Baltimore, the delayed result was a Cincinnati Reds' (66-72) loss to the Baltimore Orioles (80-57), by the score of 5 to 4. 

Mat Latos (5-4) took the hill for the Redlegs in a losing effort, as he struggled early.  Latos threw five innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and only striking out two.  All five of the runs the Latos surrendered came in the first two innings, putting the Reds offense in an early hole. 

"They did a nice job of putting the ball in play and sometimes good things happen when you do that," Reds' manager Bryan Price said.

The Orioles' first inning included four runs on five singles.

"They just kept battling through their at bats to get those four runs with base hits," Price said. 

Meanwhile, for Baltimore, Bud Norris (12-8) got the start and threw a quality outing of six inning, of shutout baseball, giving up four hits and striking out seven Reds' hitters. 

The Cincinnati offense continued to struggle to drive in runs through the majority of the game, and didn't push any runs across the plate until an eighth inning Jay Bruce grand slam for his 15th home run of the year.

The Reds had runners on first and third with one out, down one run in the ninth inning, but failed to bring in the run as Todd Frazier grounded into a game ending double play.

One positive note for the Reds was the Major League debut for relief pitcher Ryan Dennick, out of North Olmsted, Ohio, who pitched a perfect sixth inning and recorded his first big league strikeout. 

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