ST. PETERSBURG -- From behind the closed doors of the Reds' clubhouse after victories, a loud siren can be heard blaring as part of the players' celebration. For the previous nine games Cincinnati played, that siren stayed silent.Monday's 7-3 win over the Rays ended the team's longest losing streak of
ST. PETERSBURG -- From behind the closed doors of the Reds' clubhouse after victories, a loud siren can be heard blaring as part of the players' celebration. For the previous nine games Cincinnati played, that siren stayed silent.
Monday's 7-3 win over the Rays ended the team's longest losing streak of 2017 at nine games. And while there will be more wins to come, few may feel as satisfying as this one was, especially since it required a quick late-innings response after a 3-1 lead was blown in the seventh inning.
"We know that too, just as much as everybody else, how many games it was," said Reds right fielder Scott Schebler, who was 2-for-4 with a double and solo homer. "We care, a lot. To get that streak gone is done. Now we have to start a streak of the other variety."
Entering the night, the Reds were 10 games under .500 and 7 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central -- both season highs.
"The reality of it is, no one expects us to do much this year, except our club. I think everyone wants to stay in it and see what happens as we get healthy," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "You just can't get so far out of it. Our good fortune is that the division hasn't had a ton of separation. We never just play out the season, but you want all of the games to mean something.
"We have to play good ball in order to really stay relevant in this thing and be able to get ourselves back in it with a nice winning streak. That made the win all the more satisfying."
Throughout the season, the Reds have demonstrated an ability to stage comebacks after early and large deficits. On Sunday vs. the Dodgers after trailing 8-1 in the sixth inning, they nearly took the game before going down in an 8-7 loss.
This time, they got a strong start from Scott Feldman before reliever Michael Lorenzen surrendered his first inherited run of the season by allowing a two-run homer to his first batter, Daniel Robertson, in the seventh. But the Reds did not go quietly, sending nine men to the plate in a three-run eighth and tacking on a run in the ninth.
"I hope I am never part of a stretch like that again. It was tough," said first baseman Joey Votto, who hit an RBI single in the eighth inning that scored Scooter Gennett with the go-ahead run. "But it's good to start momentum in the opposite direction."
During the losing streak, the Reds lost six games to the Dodgers, and entire road trip at Los Angeles and San Diego. They were held to two runs or fewer five times while the rotation was 0-6 with an 8.29 ERA.
"Yeah, this one was great. We've been playing pretty good baseball as of late, a lot of those were one-run games, but this one was huge," Gennett said. "This one's really nice. It's pretty amazing what one win can do to a clubhouse and the whole atmosphere. We're definitely happy we got this one."
Before reporters entered the clubhouse, the siren signifying a win could be heard once again.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.