Rolen-Masset, postgame extra
Scott Rolen got it done for the Reds in a big way Monday night. He was 3-for-5 with two homers but it was his soft liner to right field for an RBI single that scored Joey Votto in the top of the 10th that was his biggest hit.
“Joey made a good point in a postgame interview,” Rolen said. “He said that he felt my two home runs weren’t my two best at-bats of the game. That’s kind of exciting there at the end. I had a chance to try and move a guy over in the eighth and then got a chance to get a hit in the [10th.]”
Some other notes from Monday:
*Nick Masset got into trouble in the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs. But he made a huge 3-2, two-out pitch to Cody Ross. It resulted in a groundout. The pitch was a 97-mph sinker.
“The game was really tight,” Masset said. “My job was to go out there and put a zero on the board. I definitely made it interesting. We got out of it with a win. The team did a really good job.”
*That was Masset’s third-straight day of work.
“We were reluctant to use him tonight for the third day in a row. He was pressed into duty,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I’m sure he’s off tomorrow. He was good tonight. He got into trouble, got behind a couple of hitters and made some quality pitches. Those are some quality hitters over there.”
*Reds starter Johnny Cueto had an erratic evening as he pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts. A particularly rough 33-pitch bottom of the third spiked Cueto’s pitch count and he finished with 110.
*A Marlins rally in the third started with a one-out single past Orlando Cabrera and was followed with Hanley Ramirez’s walk. A Cueto wild pitch moved both runners and Jorge Cantu added a two-run double to center field and went to third on a Cueto balk. Dan Uggla followed with a RBI double to left-center field that gave Florida a 4-2 lead. Cueto left the game leading by a 5-4 score on Cabrera’s two-run homer in the top of the fifth.
“He lost his rhythm and was flying open,” Baker said. “He got it back together, long enough to go five innings. We were hoping he could go more. We just have to find a way for him to stay away from that high pitch count inning, especially this early in the season.”
*Jay Bruce snapped his 0-for-17 skid with a second-inning double and followed it with a fourth inning single.
*Rolen had a two-homer game for the 20th time in his career. The last time he did was 9/15/06.
*The Reds have three come-from-behind wins this season. They’ve also won four of their last five games after starting 0-2.
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