Aristides Aquino blasted a three-run home run to cap a five-run third inning and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the visiting Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Saturday.
Pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin contributed a two-run triple for the Reds, who had lost five of their last six games. Joey Votto scored two runs and drove in another, while Tyler Stephenson added two hits and scored a run.
Reds starter Tyler Mahle (11-5) lasted five innings despite giving up four runs on six hits and walking five batters. He also recorded eight strikeouts during his 106-pitch outing. Michael Lorenzen tossed two innings of scoreless relief and Mychal Givens got the last three outs for his fifth save.
Eric Haase ripped his 20th home run of the season, a three-run shot, to lead Detroit’s offense. Jonathan Schoop had two hits and scored two runs.
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (3-8) gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings and struck out six.
The Reds left two runners stranded in the first inning as Boyd recorded two strikeouts.
Detroit took the lead in the third. Schoop hit a one-out double and Miguel Cabrera walked. With two down, Haase ripped a Mahle fastball over the left-center field wall.
Cincinnati erupted for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Stephenson singled and Nick Castellanos doubled to put runners in scoring position. Stephenson scored on a Votto single and Castellanos came home on Eugenio Suarez’s sacrifice fly.
After Kyle Farmer reached on an infield hit, Aquino blasted a hanging Boyd slider over the left-field fence.
Detroit scored a run in the fifth to pull within 5-4. The Tigers loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Dustin Garneau, who hit two home runs on Friday, drew a walk to force in a run. Derek Hill grounded out to leave the bases loaded.
Cincinnati extended its lead to 7-4 in the seventh against reliever Joe Jimenez. Votto and Suarez drew walks before Naquin’s two-run triple to right field.
–Field Level Media