Max Scherzer, Mike Moustakas errors

In a pitcher’s duel between Sonny Gray and Max Scherzer on Saturday afternoon, it was the Cincinnati Reds’ defense that was the first to blink.

With the score tied in the fifth inning and a runner on second base, Mike Moustakas committed two errors on a single play, booting a ground ball and airmailing the throw. The Los Angeles Dodgers took a two-run lead on the next pitch, a two-run triple from Gavin Lux. 

Gray allowed only two hits to the outfield in six innings, but that was enough to saddle him with four runs in the Reds’ 5-1 loss to the Dodgers in front of 29,861 fans.

"The one error cost us the game," Moustakas said. "Sonny threw the ball fantastic today. He did a great job. Battled it out with one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Max threw the ball phenomenal for them. One error cost the ballgame."

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Sep 18, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Gavin Lux (right) runs to third base after hitting a two-run triple against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds are three games back in the loss column from the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot with 13 games remaining in the regular season. 

Gray pitched better than what the numbers showed in the box score: six innings, four hits, four runs (three earned), two walks and five strikeouts. He needed only 40 pitches through his first four innings, inducing weak contract and forcing hitters to expand the strike zone. 

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