The top four in the batting order for the Reds Wednesday night went a combined 2-for-14. You can live with that when your seventh and eighth hitters do what Kristopher Negron and Zack Cozart did. Negron went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and Cozart 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the Reds' 8-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians before a crowd of 33,863 at Great American Ball Park. Negron and Cozart are a combined 9-for-17 with five extra-base hits over their last two games. "That's a beautiful thing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It is because I know these guys want so badly to succeed." No one more than Cozart, who has struggled mightily offensively. Even with the two big games, he's hitting .225. "I haven't had the year I wanted so far," he said. "I want to finish strong. I can't really worry about what's happened. I've got to go out there and put good swings on the ball. I have the past two nights. I haven't had many extra-hits, but you look in my career – I'm not hitting .300, but I have a good bit of extra-hits. It hasn't been that way this year, so it's frustrating. "To have the triple (Tuesday) and the home run tonight is nice." The Reds also got a quality start from Mat Latos. Latos went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. All the damage was done in the eighth when Latos' pitch count was pushed to a season-high 113.
Cozart, Negron shine in Reds' 8-3 win over Indians
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 7