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Twins send Reds to 4th straight loss, 5-4

Associated Press Modified: June 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Homer Bailey smashed one of his bats against the wall in the clubhouse tunnel after leaving the game much earlier than desired.

The frustration of a losing streak is starting to get to the Cincinnati Reds.

Ryan Doumit and Ben Revere each had four hits Friday night, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory that gave the Reds their season-high fourth straight loss. Three of the four have been by one run.

"We had chances big-time," manager Dusty Baker said. "We're piling up the one-run losses this last week. Those are games we could've won if we make one pitch or get one hit."

The teams played five straight seasons from 1997-2001, but hadn't met since then. The Twins were braced for a wild first game at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003.

Doumit hit a solo shot off Bailey (5-5), who angrily left the field after failing to get through the sixth inning. Revere broke an 0-for-15 slump with four singles.

Chris Heisey and Scott Rolen had two-run homers off Twins starter Nick Blackburn (4-4), who lasted only five innings.

Plate umpire Jerry Layne left in the fourth after the barrel of a broken bat hit him on the left side of the head. The 23-year veteran fell on his back, got to his feet with help and went for tests at a hospital that came back normal.

"I heard the sound when it hit his mask," Twins catcher Ryan Doumit said. "It was awfully loud. That's scary."

Revere, who grew up in neighboring Kentucky and had more than two dozen friends and family in the stands, also stole two bases, scored a run and had a sacrifice fly off Bill Bray that made it 5-4 in the sixth. It was his second career four-hit game.

Doumit's four hits also matched his career high.

Minnesota's bullpen made it stand up. Alex Burnett escaped a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the sixth. Glen Perkins gave up a pair of singles in the ninth, but escaped with a pair of strikeouts for his second save in place of Matt Capps, sidelined since June 15 by a sore shoulder.

Minnesota's biggest concern was whether its starters would get rocked in a ballpark where homers are the norm. There's been at least one hit in each of the last 60 games, the longest current streak in the majors. The Twins' pitching staff has allowed a major league-leading 95 homers — 68 by the starters.

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