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Hanigan homers off Shields to lift Reds over Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ryan Hanigan returned to the lineup and wound up getting a key hit.

His three-run homer helped the Cincinnati Reds beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Wednesday.

"Hopefully, I think we're closer," Hanigan said after Reds took two of three from Tampa Bay. "We're starting to play better baseball. I think guys are upbeat. I think if a few things go right for us we can make a little push here."

Cincinnati took two out of three from Tampa Bay.

"A good day overall," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Won a close game. Played a very good series. They played a good series, I'll tell you. They've got good pitching over there, too."

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Hanigan's two-out, three-run shot off James Shields (8-5) in the fourth put the Reds up 3-0. It was his first homer since going deep twice April 3 against Milwaukee.

"I was just trying to relax and get some pitches I could handle," Hanigan said. "He's tough. He changes speeds. He's tough to sit on pitches with because he has four quality pitches. He threw up in the zone and I put a good swing on it. It felt good."

Hanigan was back in the lineup after sitting out the previous three games due a sore lat muscle.

Edinson Volquez (5-3) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.

After Logan Ondrusek and Bill Bray combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Shields had given up just two runs in his previous three starts, all of which were complete game wins.

"I think I was two pitches away from having shutout," Shields said. "It's kind of the way the game works between giving up no runs or four runs."

Shields, who allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings, was trying to become just the sixth pitcher since 1990 -- joining Roy Halladay (2003), Carlos Perez (1998), Pat Hentgen (1996), Greg Maddux (1995) and Tommy Greene (1993) -- to have four consecutive complete game victories.

The right-hander nearly worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the fourth by striking out Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes, but Hanigan broke the scoreless tie on his third homer of the season.

Evan Longoria, who hit a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Reds, cut the deficit to 3-2 on a two-run double in the sixth. The All-Star third baseman was doubled off second after Matt Joyce lined out to second.

Tampa Bay dropped to 19-20 at home this season.

"There's not really an answer for it, but just really focus on keep playing hard," Longoria said. "Try to eliminate those mental mistakes that sometimes cost us games, myself included."

Longoria has driven in 13 runs in his past six games.

Cincinnati went up 4-2 on Fred Lewis' seventh-inning RBI single. B.J. Upton got the run back on a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.

Upton has four homers in his last six games.

Volquez allowed two baserunners -- both on walks -- as he cruised through four innings before Casey Kotchman got the Rays' first hit, an opposite-field single down the third-base line leading off the fifth.

Tampa Bay designated hitter Johhny Damon singled in the sixth to tie Boston star Ted Williams for 71st place on the all-time hit list with 2,654.

"You know what? I want him to keep making history as long as he's here," Upton said. "It's fun to watch. I'm happy for him."

Notes

  • Volquez won on the road for the first time since May 6.
  • Longoria has six RBI over 25 home games this season, with three coming in the last two games.
  • The Reds are 8-1 overall against Tampa Bay after winning two of three in the series.
  • Shields assisted on all three first-inning outs, fielding two grounders and picking off Joey Votto at first. He has picked off eight runners this year.
  • Shields finished with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
 
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After sitting three games, Ryan Hanigan gets back in the lineup to help his team. (Getty Images)
After sitting three games, Ryan Hanigan gets back in the lineup to help his team. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

R. Hanigan
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

E. Volquez
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 3
BB 3
K 7
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Fred Lewis, LF4011010 .277
    Chris Heisey, LF0000000 .264
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000002 .295
Joey Votto, 1B4120020 .319
Scott Rolen, 3B4110010 .252
Jay Bruce, RF4000042 .270
Jonny Gomes, DH3110112 .225
Ryan Hanigan, C3123110 .258
Drew Stubbs, CF4000023 .255
Paul Janish, SS3000022 .225
Totals33474214  
Batting
HR - Ryan Hanigan (3, Shields)
RBI - Fred Lewis (11), Ryan Hanigan 3 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Fred Lewis (4), Ryan Hanigan 3 (7)
PK - Joey Votto (1, Shields)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Janish-Votto, B. Phillips-Janish, Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (W,5-3) 6.1433371 5.65
Logan Ondrusek (H,9) 1000000 1.83
Bill Bray (H,9) 0.2000010 1.65
Francisco Cordero (S,16) 1100000 1.53
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 98-59, Logan Ondrusek 8-6, Bill Bray 6-4, Francisco Cordero 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 6-4, Logan Ondrusek 1-2, Bill Bray 1-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 24, Logan Ondrusek 3, Bill Bray 2, Francisco Cordero 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Johnny Damon, DH4110000 .273
Ben Zobrist, RF-2B2100220 .266
Evan Longoria, 3B4012001 .249
Matt Joyce, LF-RF4010011 .308
Casey Kotchman, 1B3010101 .338
B.J. Upton, CF3111012 .223
Sean Rodriguez, 2B-SS3000022 .219
Kelly Shoppach, C3000011 .177
Elliot Johnson, SS2000010 .200
   a- Justin Ruggiano, PH-LF1000000 .300
Totals2935338  
a-flied out for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (14, Volquez)
HR - B.J. Upton (12, Volquez)
RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (36), B.J. Upton (42)
Team LOB - 2
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (L,8-5) 77442101 2.45
J.P. Howell 1000020 8.44
Juan Cruz 1000020 3.03
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 104-70, J.P. Howell 13-8, Juan Cruz 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 9-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 29, J.P. Howell 3, Juan Cruz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25968
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Joe West