Brayan Pena had a pinch-hit go-ahead RBI single in Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.
The Pirates held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Reds rallied for three runs on five hits against Tony Watson to take the lead. Pena's two-out single proved to be the difference. The 32-year-old has done a respectable job as Devin Mesoraco's backup this season, batting .257 with three home runs and a . 675 OPS over 63 games.
Steve Tolleson came through with a two-run single in the ninth inning on Friday, leading the Blue Jays to an 8-5 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Tolleson’s run-scoring knock off Grant Balfour broke a 5-5 tie. He entered the game late after Munenori Kawasaki departed with a hamstring injury, and he certainly made the most of his only at-bat. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him in Saturday’s starting lineup after his heroics on Friday.
Billy Hamilton (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in his return to the lineup Friday.
Hamilton didn't start Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a tight left hamstring. The situation is worth watching because of his speed, but the Reds aren't overly concerned. Getting a few days off with the All-Star break should help.
Casey Janssen set down the Rays in order on Friday, securing his 14th save of the season.
Tasked with protecting a three-run advantage, Janssen made quick work of the heart of the Rays lineup, needing just 11 pitches to wrap the game up. Since returning from the disabled list, he has posted a stellar 1.29 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 13/1 K/BB ratio through his first 21 innings.
Devin Mesoraco slugged a solo home run Friday against the Pirates.
His eighth-inning blast sparked what proved to be the game-winning rally for the Reds. After struggling in part-time duty over his first couple of seasons in the majors, the 26-year-old backstop has been a revelation this season. He's now batting .303 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI over just 58 games.
Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored Friday against the Reds.
McCutchen has gone deep three times in his last seven games and is now up to 15 home runs on the season. The 27-year-old is hitting .372 (16-for-43) this month and owns a fantastic .321/.418/.552 batting line through 91 games this season. With a career-high walk rate, he's really the total package right now.
Mark Buehrle lasted just five innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday, allowing a pair of runs on nine hits.
The veteran southpaw also walked one while striking out three on the night. He departed in line for his 11th victory, but his bullpen was unable to hold onto a 5-2 lead. He’ll head into the All-Star break with an impressive 10-6 record, 2.64 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 73/32 K/BB ratio over his first 126 1/3 innings.
Sean Rodriguez belted a game-tying three-run homer in the seventh inning of Friday's loss to the Blue Jays.
The dramatic blast came off Dustin McGowan, pulling the Rays all the way back from an early deficit. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting a mere .238/.288/.510 on the season to go compliment his nine homers and 32 RBI.