“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.”
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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.
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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.