Brayan Pena left the yard twice for the first time in his
career, but the Reds (51-45) dropped the opener to the Yankees 4-3 on Friday
night. Pena, who was without a home run since May 4th coming into
the night, pounded solo homers in the third and seventh inning.
"A couple of solid homers [by Pena], but we weren't able to
get enough going against them," said Reds manager Bryan Price.
With the game knotted at 2-2 in the fifth inning, Jacoby
Ellsbury came up with the game-defining hit for New York, a two-run blast to
right giving the Yankees a 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.
Mike Leake went seven innings in a losing effort after
giving up eight hits on four earned runs.
"Leake competed well and gave us a chance, but it was just
pitch execution," said Price. "You're not going to pitch perfect games and make
The Reds send Alfredo Simon to the bump on Saturday for a
1:05 p.m. start at Yankee Stadium.