Frazier's three-run homer lifts Reds on Opening Day - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Frazier's three-run homer lifts Reds on Opening Day

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brad Hawley (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brad Hawley
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

With one swing of the bat Todd Frazier sent a rain-soaked Great American Ball Park into euphoria.

The 2014 All-Star broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of eighth inning with a three-run shot. The 432-feet homer came after Andrew McCutchen tied the game earlier that inning with a two-run blast of his own.

The game began with two scoreless innings until Johnny Cueto led off the bottom of the third with a walk. Billy Hamilton grounded into a fielder's choice. Hamilton advanced to third on a single by Joey Votto, and scored on a Francisco Liriano balk during the next at-bat.

The Reds extended their lead off a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the fourth inning. The score held until the eighth inning.

After seven innings of shutout baseball, Johnny Cueto gave way to relief pitcher Kevin Gregg. Gregg got the first batter of the inning with a fly-out to the warning track in center field. Josh Harrison, a Princeton High School and University of Cincinnati graduate, singled to left field. Gregg was again able to escape danger after a Marlon Byrd leaping catch to rob Gregory Polanco of extra bases. The luck ran out against 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen sent a two-run shot over the center field wall to tie the game at two.

The bottom of the inning started innocently enough. Pirate reliever Tony Watson struck out pinch hitter Chris Dominguez. Hamilton followed with a single and advanced to second after Votto's second single of the game. Up came Frazier who uncorked the second pitch he saw into the bleachers in left field.

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Chapman finished off Opening Day with two strikeouts in the ninth to shut the door on the Pirates.

Not to be lost in the eighth inning was Cueto's fourth Opening Day start. The Reds' ace went seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and 10 strikeouts.

The Reds host the Pirates for game two of the season Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.

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