White Sox and Reds Wrap up Tight Series on July 4th

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White Sox Look for Two in a Row Against Surging Reds

The fans at Great American Ball Park will be treated to a interleague game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds when they take their seats on July 4th.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, NBCS Chicago, FS Ohio (Cincinnati)

PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Dylan Covey (3-3, 4.82 ERA) vs. Reds RH Sal Romano (4-8, 5.30)

Oddsmakers opened the Reds as -180-moneyline favorites versus the White Sox, while the game’s total opened at 10. The total has held steady, but the Reds are now -175 on the moneyline.

White Sox had Huge Comeback Yesterday Against Reds

The White Sox could have easily given up Tuesday night in their game against the surging Cincinnati Reds. They fell behind 4-0 before they’d gotten an out. The Reds had taken it to 7-2 following Adam Duvall’s three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Instead, the White Sox fought to tie it first at 7 a pop, on a Leury Garcia pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth. Then they tied it at 8-all on Avisail Garcia’s second home run of the game and third of the series, in the ninth.

The White Sox finally broke through to win it 12-8 in the 12th. Yoan Moncada’s bases-full triple and and Yolmer Sanchez’s RBI triple were the difference.  Right fielder Brandon Dixon brought back MOncada’s ball from over the wall to prevent a homer. He couldn’t keep in his glove.

The Sox have won for only the second time in six contests and the sixth time in 19 games. Now the White Sox are in position to take the series if they can win Wednesday night.

Reds Look to Rebound and Continue Hot Play

The Reds have put together a string of improbable victories while starting to turn their season. They started turning around the season after being 3-15 and 8-27. This was a game in which they couldn’t hold a succession of leads. The blew leads of — 4-0, 7-2, 8-7 — as they played more like they did in April.

The Reds wasted a pair of two-run homers in the first inning. There were hit by NL batting leader Scooter Gennett and NL RBIs leader Eugenio Suarez. Then add in Duvall’s three-run shot. Then a timely play by Billy Hamilton. He scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a ground ball to shortstop against a drawn-in infield.

Romano has pitched well in three of his last four starts. His June 24 outing against the Cubs, he gave up five runs in five innings being the only exception. He gave up only three runs over 20 innings in the other three starts.

Scooter Gennett has six hits — including a homer — and five runs scored in his last three games.

Joey Votto is 0-for-9 with four strikeouts in the series.

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Chicago at Houston Thursday, July 5
Cincinnati at Chicago Friday, July 6

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