The Cincinnati Reds halted the red hot New York Yankees tonight, defeating them 4-2 and ending the Bombers' seven game winning streak.
Mike Mussina, the Yankees' starter was not particularly bad, but did not pick up the win. Mussina went eight innings, allowed four earned runs on ten hits, walked two and punched out four.
Edinson Volquez puzzled the Yankees going seven innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits, walked one and strucked out five.
The Reds' offense got going in the second inning with first baseman Joey Votto leaving the yard for the 12th time this year, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees answered back in the bottom of the third with one run, tying the game at one.
The Reds broke the tie in the top of the fifth inning. With Cincinnati third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on third base, Mussina intentionally walked rookie phenom Jay Bruce to pitch to Jolbert Cabrera. Cabrera smacked a double scoring Encarnacion and Bruce putting the Reds ahead 3-1.
The Reds tacked on another run with an RBI from Ken Griffey Jr., and took a 4-1 lead.
The Yankees were able to collect one run in the seventh, cutting the deficit to two.
In the end, it was too much as the Yankees were blanked by Reds' closer Francisco Cordero as he held on to shut down the Yankees and nail down a Cincinnati win.
Volquez earned his 10th win this season and is now 10-2 on the season. Mussina took the loss and his record is now 10-5.
Jared Burton, who pitched the eighth inning for the Reds, recorded his seventh hold this year. Cordero picked up his 14th save.
With the Reds up one game to nothing in this weekend series, game two will take place tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 ET. The Yankees will turn to Dan Giese (1-1, 1.23 ERA) who is taking Chien-Ming Wang's place in the starting rotation. Daryl Thompson (0-0, ---) will be making his Major League debut and is taking the mound for the Reds.