CINCINNATI (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched six effective innings, Tyler Stephenson homered to give the Reds a cushion they ended up needing, and Cincinnati held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday.
Jonathan India had three hits and Joey Votto drove in two runs for the Reds, who are hoping to make up ground in the playoff chase during a six-game homestand against last-place teams.
“We’ve got the Pirates coming,” Stephenson said. “These are important games ahead.”
Castillo (6-10) allowed Jorge Polanco’s first-inning solo homer but settled in nicely from there, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out seven to win his third straight start.
“Early on, he had trouble locating his changeup, but after that, he settled in and made pitches when he needed to, which was awesome,” said Stephenson, the catcher.
Stephenson went deep to the batter’s eye in left-center to give the Reds a 6-1 lead in the seventh.
“Obviously, we would’ve liked to have held the score the way it was after the home run,” Stephenson said. “It just kind of fell in that way.”
The Twins then sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run eighth. Trevor Larnach drove in two with a double, Miguel Sanó had an RBI double and Ryan Jeffers added a run-scoring single.
Michael Lorenzen came in for a five-out save, his first of the season after making just one appearance over the first three months because of injuries.
“It’s just fun, honestly, competing,” Lorenzen said. “Doesn’t matter the inning, doesn’t matter the situation. I didn’t realize we were only up one. I don’t know when I realized it.”
Twins rookie Charlie Barnes (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings in his second career start.
The Reds scored all their runs…