The Reds (4-8) have won one game in each series they've played in and made sure to not get swept by pouncing on the off day by Cesar Ramos (0-1). Ramos was chased in the third inning after allowing four runs on just three hits and issuing three walks. The Rays (7-6) were baffled by Tony Cingrani (1-1) with the exception of Ben Zobrist whose two-run homer was the only blemish against Cingrani in 6.1 innings.
Cincinnati finally capitalized with a runner in scoring position when Zack Cozart drove in two before his double bounced over the right field wall. This actually benefited Ramos, as Devin Mesoraco had a chance to score had the hit not turned into a ground-rule double. Zobrist quickly erased that lead when he hit the first of his two two-run home runs.
The Reds broke the game open with the long ball against two different pitchers in the third. Joey Votto chased Ramos with a two-run blast and then Mesoraco drove in three more on his round tripper against Brandon Gomes. Mesoraco drove in another run in the fifth, this time against Erik Bedard, on a sac fly after Jay Bruce had advanced to third on a throwing error by Wil Myers on the previous play.
The lead shrunk to 8-4 when Zobrist victimized Nick Christiani for his next two-run shot. Cincinnati would deal a crippling blow in the bottom of the eight when Chris Heisey hit a pinch-hit grand slam to make it a 12-4 game. Sam LeCure and Curtis Partch each tossed scoreless innings to salvage a win in the interleague series.
The Reds welcome a Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6) team that was just swept out of Milwaukee, who has now won nine straight to sit atop the NL Central at 10-2. If the heavy rains stay away on Monday, Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 5.73 ERA) will face Homer Bailey (0-1, 7.71 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.