The Cincinnati Reds had a 7-2 lead through five innings and were outscored 10-1 the rest of the way, losing 12-8 to the Chicago White Sox in 12 innings on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park in the longest game of the season (four hours and 36 minutes) for the Reds.
A bases-loaded triple by Yoan Moncada against Jackson Stephens with one out in the 12th broke the tie. A triple by Yolmer Sanchez on a ball right fielder Brandon Dixon saved from going over the fence brought in the fourth run in the inning.
The Reds’ three-game winning streak ended, and their six-game win streak against the American League ended. They committed a season-high four errors with a botched groundball by second baseman Scooter Gennett on the first at-bat in the 12th being the biggest.
“We’ve been playing too good of baseball to get hung up on this one game,” Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani said. “We’ve been so positive and so upbeat. I don’t think this game is going to effect us one bit.”
Interim manager Jim Riggleman was ejected in the 12th after an argument with home-plate umpire Eric Cooper.
“I was letting him know we were walking them (intentionally),” Riggleman said, “and I guess as I was throwing four fingers up and he would turn his head and then he would look back and my four fingers weren’t up. He made some comment about that. I kind of lost it when I heard the comment he made. That’s a product of the way the game went.”
The Reds started the game with a triple, home run, walk and home run in the first. Jose Peraza, Scooter Gennett, Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez built a 4-0 lead that fast. Jesse Winker followed Suarez with a double but was stranded there.
The White Sox cut the deficit in half with two runs in the fourth, but Adam Duvall hit a three-run home run in the fifth to give the Reds a 7-2 lead.
Even that lead was in trouble an inning later. Avisail Garcia and Daniel Palka hit back-to-back home runs against DeSclafani. Michael Lorenzen then relieved DeSclafani and gave up an RBI double to Matt Davidson and an RBI groundout to Adam Engel.
DeSclafani allowed five earned runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. It was the worst of his six starts since he returned from the disabled list June 5. His ERA climbed from 4.45 to 5.08.
The White Sox tied the game at 7-7 with a two-out, pinch-hit single by Leury Garcia against reliever David Hernandez in the eighth. Kevan Smith scored from second on the hit.
The Reds took an 8-7 lead when Billy Hamilton scored from third on a groundout in the eighth. But Avasail Garcia tied the game with a home run off Raisel Iglesias in the ninth.