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    Tuesday, February 20, 2024

    Reds beat Red Sox and snap eight-game home losing skid

    Cincinnati — Jonathan India and Kyle Farmer each drove in two runs, Donovan Solano added a solo homer and the Cincinnati Reds snapped their eight-game home losing streak against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.

    India drove in Stuart Fairchild twice, including the tiebreaking run in Cincinnati's three-run fifth. India stole second before Farmer delivered a two-run infield single in the Reds' first home win over Boston since June 13, 2008.

    Solano provided an insurance run with a lined shot to deep right-center field in the eighth.

    Chase Anderson (2-3) gave up three hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts while earning his second straight win in his fifth start of the season. Anderson, who's with his third organization this season, also hit a batter.

    Fernando Cruz, Reiver Sanmartin and Derek Law combined for 3 1/3 innings of three-hit, shutout relief before Alexis Díaz got the final two outs, starting a game-ending double play for his eighth save.

    Boston (72-76), the AL East's last-place team, had won two straight and three of four.

    The Reds (73-75) had lost four of their last five and 10 of 12 while settling into fourth place in the NL Central.

    Connor Seabold (0-3) threw four wild pitches in five innings while allowing six hits and four runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Seabold also hit a batter.

    The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the third on Fairchild's leadoff single to right and a two-out wild pitch that India cashed in with an RBI single to left.

    The Red Sox tied it in the fourth. Rafael Devers led off with a chopper up the third base line that went for a hit against the infield shift. Devers went to third on Xander Bogaerts's single to left, setting up Alex Verdugo's sacrifice fly.


    Red Sox: Former Reds OF Tommy Pham was hit on the left elbow with the third pitch of the game. That boosted the Reds' single-season major league record for hit batters to an even 100. Pham stayed in the game.


    Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (11-1, 2.61) is 8-0 over his last 12 starts since losing to the Reds on May 31 in Boston. The winning streak matches the longest of his career. He allowed two hits over seven shutout innings in his last start against the Yankees on Aug. 14.

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