Cincinnati Reds first try at hybrid bullpen approach a success

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Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price talked about using his bullpen in a unique (or perhaps throwback) fashion in 2017, but he didn't really try it until game four of the season.

So far, so good.

In relief of rookie Amir Garrett, Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect seventh inning in St. Louis on Friday night before giving way to Raisel Iglesias.

The live-armed Cuban pitched a perfect eighth inning, though he was extended by Matt Adams before getting the Cards slugger to swing and miss at a third strike.

Price stuck with Iglesias in the ninth, and he made his manager look smart.

After issuing a two-out walk to Matt Carpenter, Iglesias struck out Stephen Piscotty to end it and nail down his second save of the season.

Iglesias threw 32 pitches, so he may not be available Saturday, but Price still has Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani loaded up and ready to go while Lorenzen threw only 10 pitches.

Garrett picked up the win in his major-league debut while the Reds won their third in a row.

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