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J.J. Hardy's single lifts O's over Reds in 10

MLB.com - Friday 21st April, 2017

Jose Peraza lays out to make a diving backhanded stop on a grounder and fires to first to get the out, thanks to a great scoop by Joey Votto

Hardy had fallen behind 0-2. His strategy at that point?

"Umm, not strike out," Hardy said. "Just trying to see the ball, put it in play make something happen. Those guys are tough, really tough, good arms. Fortunately, that ball fell."

Out at third: Billy Hamilton made a rare mistake in the outfield, when he took two steps in on Hardy's liner to center field with one out in the fifth. As Hamilton tried to catch up to the ball, it zipped over his head to the wall. But he made a nice cut-off throw to shortstop Zack Cozart, who threw out Hardy at third base. It was the second time in the game Baltimore was nailed at third base. In the fourth, right fielder Scott Schebler ended the inning when he threw out Manny Machado trying to advance from first base on Trumbo's two-out single.

"One-run game, three really nice defensive plays, two pitchers who pitched their tails off. They were able to scratch out that run on a two-out base hit by Hardy. But we have to take this into the next series, play better and score some runs and get some victories." -- Reds manager Bryan Price

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS

Reds second baseman Jose Peraza was 0-for-3 and struck out twice in the game. Entering the night, Peraza had a streak of 53 plate appearances without a strikeout, which was the longest such streak in the Majors so far in 2017.

Orioles: The Orioles open a three-game series at home against Boston with a 7:05 p.m. ET game. Dylan Bundy (2-1, 1.86 ERA) faces Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.23).

Reds: Following a 4-15 record in their 2016 season series, the Reds will seek improved fortunes vs. the Cubs in their first meeting during a three-game series that begins on Friday. First pitch at Great American Ball Park is at 7:10 p.m. ET and will feature Tim Adleman making his second appearance and first start of the season.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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