The Reds haven't had many nice, easy days at the office like Monday night's 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. "It's a good thing for the manager," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We haven't had too many. I'll take it." Mike Leake, Sam LeCure and Nick Masset combined on the shutout. Second baseman Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with two RBI. And Jonny Gomes homered in his old stomping ground. "It was a good all-round team win," Gomes said. The Reds (41-39) needed it. They've been struggling to win series recently. Winning the opener makes that a lot easier to accomplish. "We've got 12 more before the (All-Star) break," Baker said. "We're trying to win as many as we can." The Reds took a quick 2-0 lead. Left fielder Fred Lewis led off the game with a single. Phillips doubled to center to score Lewis. Jay Bruce drove in Phillips with a two-out single. Gomes made it 3-0 with shot off the catwalk above the left field seats. The ball hit 105 feet above the field. Gomes hit eight fair balls off the catwalks when he was with the Rays (44-35), more than any player. "True story," Gomes said. "I had the opportunity to show the Reds the guidelines on the catwalks." The Reds added another run when Paul Janish reached with two outs on third baseman Evan Longoria's error. Lewis and Phillips singled, with Janish scoring to make it 4-0.
Leake holds Rays, Gomes pounds 'em
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jun 28