CINCINNATI -- The Reds couldn't figure out A's starter Sonny Gray for the first six innings Friday night, including being no-hit through the first 5 1/3 innings. They had some hard-hit balls, but Oakland defenders and their gloves were always at the opposite end waiting.Patience paid off for the Reds,
CINCINNATI -- The Reds couldn't figure out A's starter Sonny Gray for the first six innings Friday night, including being no-hit through the first 5 1/3 innings. They had some hard-hit balls, but Oakland defenders and their gloves were always at the opposite end waiting.
Patience paid off for the Reds, though, as they finally found a couple of holes and a couple of runs in the seventh inning and rallied for a 2-1 victory at Great American Ball Park.
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Adam Duvall had an RBI double and then scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch by Gray.
"I'm as alert as it's going to get, especially with the game tied," said Duvall. "If the ball gets to the backstop, I'm scoring."
Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run on eight hits in six innings before turning the game over to relievers Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani to close out the victory. Wood pitched two scoreless innings and was credited with the win, while Cingrani closed out his sixth save of the season with a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Coco Crisp.
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The loss extended the A's season-high losing streak to six games.
"There's no outward frustration, there's no dissension in here," catcher Stephen Vogt said. "Obviously we're sick of losing. I don't know any better way to say that. We're still doing a lot of things good. And I think that's the frustrating part on this 0-6 trip. It's not like we're going out and giving up 10 runs a game and scoring one. We're doing a lot of good things, just not winning and that's the only thing that matters."
Gray was making just his second start since returning from the disabled list on June 5. He finished after 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, but he also threw two wild pitches in the decisive seventh inning. He leads the Major Leagues with 11 wild pitches.
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The A's had six hits off of DeSclafani in the first four innings, one of which was Vogt's fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right-center field with two outs in the third inning. DeSclafani was making his season debut after battling a left oblique strain that first developed in Spring Training.
Oakland hit into three double plays and missed out on an opportunity to add to its lead in the sixth inning when Reds right fielder Jay Bruce threw out Yonder Alonso attempting to stretch a single off the wall into a double. Khris Davis had walked to leadoff the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch but moved up just one base on Alonso's hit. Davis was then thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a ground ball to third baseman Eugenio Suarez.
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Duvall sparks Reds: Duvall doubled in the first Reds run with a hot shot past third baseman Danny Valencia down the left-field line with two outs in the seventh inning. Duvall then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch after reaching third base on an infield single by Suarez. Duvall leads all MLB left fielders in home runs, RBIs and extra-base hits, as well as slugging percentage.
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Vogt goes deep: With two outs in the top of the third, Vogt took the first two-out pitch he saw from DeSclafani into the right-center-field bleachers. The ball just cleared the wall, traveling 367 feet, but was a laser, coming off of Vogt's bat at 108 miles per hour.
Break up the band:Tucker Barnhart ended Gray's no-hit bid with a sharp single to left field with one out in the sixth inning. The Reds have already been no-hit once this season, on April 21 by Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. That was the first no-hitter tossed against them (in the regular season) since 1971 when Ken Holtzman of the Cubs and Rick Wise of the Phillies no-hit them twice in the span of 20 days.
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"That was probably the hardest hitting 2-1 game I've seen in awhile." -- Reds manager Bryan Price, on his pitchers stranding nine Oakland runners, including eight by DeSclafani
"Well, we had more opportunities than they did, that's for sure. We hit into three double plays, did some other things, couldn't get a guy in from third, baserunning mistake. Made our own bed, to an extent. But we had more opportunities, more hits." -- A's manager Bob Melvin, on having nine hits and one run
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The last time an Athletics' pitcher completed a no-hit bid was Dallas Braden's Mother's Day perfect game on May 9, 2010 against the Rays. Braden didn't blow the ball past hitters in his game, striking out six. Likewise, Gray had two strikeouts through his 5 1/3 hitless innings.
Athletics: The Athletics send rookie Daniel Mengden to the mound to make his Major League debut against the Reds on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT. Mengden holds a 1.19 ERA across 11 Double-A and Triple-A starts this season.
Reds:Dan Straily faces the team he broke into the Major Leagues at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. Straily started 41 games for Oakland from 2012-14, going 13-11 with 4.11 ERA. He is 3-2 in 11 starts this season, but he's had blown saves behind him in two of his last four starts.
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Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.
Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.