ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jonny Gomes hit a towering homer,
Mike Leake pitched six strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat
the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Monday night.
Gomes, the former Rays' outfielder playing at Tropicana Field
for the first time since becoming a free agent after the 2008
season, hit a solo shot off an overhanging catwalk during a two-run
fourth that made it 4-0. Brandon Phillips, who had four hits and
two RBIs, added a run-scoring single off Jeremy Hellickson (7-7)
later in the inning.
Gomes has hit nine fair balls off the catwalks, the most at the
St. Petersburg ballpark since it opened in 1998.
Leake (7-4) scattered four hits, walked two and had three
strikeouts in ending a personal two-start losing streak.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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