CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds couldn’t even get a hit through five innings. With the help of a couple of wild pitches, they got just what they needed to pull out a victory.
Adam Duvall doubled home the tying run in the seventh and scored on Sonny Gray’s second wild pitch of the inning Friday night, rallying Cincinnati Reds to its first interleague win of the season, 2-1 over the slumping Oakland Athletics.
The Reds had dropped their first seven interleague games and didn’t manage a hit off Gray (3-6) through the first five innings. Gray, who made his first All-Star team last season but didn’t pitch in the game at Great American Ball Park, let a 1-0 lead slip away in the seventh.
“All night long, he was mixing up his fastball and curveball,” Duvall said. “His curve was his pitch all night, but when you can mix in 95 mph behind that, that’s pretty good.”
Brandon Phillips singled for Cincinnati’s second hit and advanced on a wild pitch. Duvall doubled for the tying run, advanced on Eugenio Suarez’s infield single, and scored on another errant throw by Gray, who leads the majors with 11 wild pitches.
“I’ve got to catch those balls,” catcher Stephen Vogt said. “Sonny’s got late life on his fastball. Nobody knows that better than me. I’ve got to do a better job. Those pitches can’t get by me.”
Blake Wood (5-1) pitched two innings in relief of Anthony DeSclafani, who made his first start since returning from an oblique injury.
Vogt homered off DeSclafani for Oakland’s run. Tony Cingrani gave up a hit in the ninth while earning his sixth save in 11 chances.
Oakland has lost a season-high six straight games, all on the road.
The A’s visited for the first time since 2013. They are 10-7 all-time against the Reds in interleague play. The teams have met twice in the World Series, with Oakland winning in 1972 and Cincinnati in 1990.
In his second start since returning from a strained upper back muscle, Gray faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings and didn’t give up a hit until Tucker Barnhart singled with one out in the sixth.
Gray has lost his last five decisions, the longest slump of his career. He gave up five hits and one walk.
DeSclafani was picked to start the season opener, but a strained oblique sidelined him for more than two months. He gave up eight hits, three walks and hit a batter in six innings, but got two double plays to limit the damage. Also, Khris Davis was thrown out at the plate when he tried to score from third on Marcus Semien’s grounder in the sixth inning.
“I was everything — nervous, anxious,” DeSclafani said. “I think I had a lot of Adrenaline going that I had to control.”
Jed Lowrie grounded into a double play ahead of Vogt’s homer in the third, which snapped the catcher’s 0-for-9 slump. It was the 102nd homer allowed by the Reds, the most in the majors.
The A’s had two stalwarts back after each missed two games. Davis returned from tingling in his left hand, and Danny Valencia was back from a stomach illness.
OF Max Muncy was called up from Triple-A Nashville and started in right field. RHP Zach Neal also was called up, and RHP Jesse Hahn was sent down.
Coco Crisp snapped an 0-for-16 slump. … Phillips’ single in the seventh started the go-ahead rally and extended the National League’s longest current hitting streak to 13 games. It’s the longest hitting streak by a Red this season.
Athletics: LHP Rich Hill, who went on the 15-day DL on Thursday with a strained groin, will rest for about a week before starting a rehab program.
Reds: CF Billy Hamilton went on the 7-day concussion list. He was hit in the head on Wednesday while sliding into third base and sat out a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Cardinals 3, Reds 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Yadier Molina’s bases-loaded single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and the St. Louis Cardinals reached a season high by beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Thursday night, taking yet another series in their lopsided NL Central rivalry.
Molina’s third hit of the game sent St. Louis to its fourth victory in five games. The Cardinals (32-28) are a season-high four games over .500, tied with the Pirates for second place, 10 games behind the Cubs.
St. Louis took two of three and has won 18 of its last 22 series with Cincinnati.
The Cardinal who gets booed the loudest in Cincinnati was in the middle of another comeback. His one-out single off Ross Ohlendorf (4-5) put St. Louis up 3-2 and drew jeers. Molina has been booed regularly at Great American Ball Park since a brawl that started between him and Brandon Phillips in 2010.
Seung Hwan Oh (2-0) pitched one inning in relief of Adam Wainwright, who allowed only two hits over the first six. Trevor Rosenthal retired the side in the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Molina had a double and two singles. Matt Carpenter scored twice, including the go-ahead run after opening the eighth inning with a double.
Wainwright had a rough first inning, giving up Jay Bruce’s RBI groundout and Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single. He didn’t allow another hit before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Wainwright fanned a season-high nine.
Wainwright hasn’t had much success against the Reds. Coming into the game, he was 8-10 in 24 games against Cincinnati with a 4.51 ERA, his highest against any team except the Mets.
Molina doubled off left-hander Brandon Finnegan and scored on Brandon Moss’ single in the second inning. The Cardinals tied it with the help of a balk in the sixth. Carpenter walked, moved up on Finnegan’s balk on a throw to first base, and then came around on Aledmys Diaz’s single.
Cardinals 12, Reds 7
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Moss homered in consecutive at-bats, Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta added three-run drives and the St. Louis Cardinals rolled over the Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Wednesday night.
Moss broke a 4-4, fifth-inning with a two-run drive into the right-field seats, then liner a solo homer that barely cleared the right-field wall in the seventh for his eighth career multihomer game.
Every St. Louis starting position player had at least one hit, and Cardinals relievers retired their first 10 batters as St. Louis won for the third time in four games.
Matt Bowman (1-1) got his first major league win by striking out his only batter, Zack Cozart, for the final out of the fifth with the potential tying run on second base.
Cozart and Tucker Barnhart hit solo home runs for the Reds, who have lost two of three after a season-high four-game winning streak.
Alfredo Simon (2-6) walked a season-high five, allowing six runs and seven hits in five innings. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia gave up five runs and a career-high 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Cozart tied the score 4-4 in the fourth when he led off with his fourth homer in his last nine games. Barnhart cut the Cardinals’ lead to 6-5 with a two-out solo homer in the fifth after Billy Hamilton was thrown out by Garcia trying to steal third.
Peralta broke open the game in a four-run eighth with his first homer this season. Peralta was playing his second game after missing the Cardinals’ first 57 games following left thumb surgery.
Crosley Field site opens
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Crosley Field Historic Site opened Wednesday on property where the Cincinnati Reds played for decades, with a colorful mural and replicas meant to jog memories and imaginations.
A replica light tower on the property, just west of Interstate 75, also reminds visitors that Major League Baseball’s first night game was played there in 1935. The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
Team historian Greg Rhodes has taken people on informal tours of the property for years. But the addition of the large mural depicting 1950s Crosley, replica foul poles, seats and base markers, and historical photos provide more to see.
“You really have to use your imagination,” Rhodes conceded as he led dozens of fans on a tour Wednesday. “But this will help bring it to life.”
The usual free tour will be self-guided, with brochures available at the City Gospel Mission, located on part of the property that was once Crosley Field before it was demolished and paved over for business uses.
The Reds played in Crosley 1912-1970, an era that includes four Reds’ World Series appearances and star players such as Frank Robinson, Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. Rhodes said many of baseball’s other greatest players, from Babe Rush to Hank Aaron, also played at Crosley. He noted that the mural’s scoreboard shows the Reds beating the rival Dodgers 16-4, an actual game score in the ’50s.
The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is funding most of the costs and is selling personalized bricks for the site.
Rhodes said that for older fans, the site evokes talk about “the experience of coming here” — the smells of ballpark icon “Peanut Jim” Shelton’s hot roasted peanuts or the sounds of broadcaster Waite Hoyt, calling the action over transistor radios people took to games.
For George Brinkman, 73, Wednesday’s visit was poignant. He thought of how his father, a bartender, bought “obstructed view” tickets because that was what he could afford.
“I never liked sitting behind a pole,” Brinkman said. “Now I just remember it was all part of the cool times of being with my Dad.”