Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Cincinnati won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, June 27
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 28
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 29
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Reds 4

(42-40, 20-21 away)

Rays 3

(45-36, 19-20 home)

    12:10 PM ET, June 29, 2011

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: E. Volquez (5-3)

    L: J. Shields (8-5)

    S: F. Cordero (16)

    Ryan Hanigan powers Reds past James Shields, Rays

    Associated Press

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ryan Hanigan returned to the lineup and wound up getting a key hit.

    His three-run homer helped the Cincinnati Reds beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday.

    "Hopefully, I think we're closer," Hanigan said. "We're starting to play better baseball. I think guys are upbeat. I think if a few things go right for us we can make a little push here."

    Cincinnati took two of three from Tampa Bay.

    "A good day overall," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Won a close game. Played a very good series. They played a good series, I'll tell you. They've got good pitching over there, too."

    Hanigan's two-out, three-run shot off James Shields (8-5) in the fourth put the Reds up 3-0. It was his first homer since going deep twice April 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    "I was just trying to relax and get some pitches I could handle," Hanigan said. "He's tough. He changes speeds. He's tough to sit on pitches with because he has four quality pitches. He threw up in the zone and I put a good swing on it. It felt good."

    Hanigan was back in the lineup after sitting out the previous three games with a sore lat muscle.

    Edinson Volquez (5-3) gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.

    After Logan Ondrusek and Bill Bray combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

    Shields had given up just two runs in his previous three starts, all of which were complete-game wins.

    "I think I was two pitches away from having shutout," Shields said. "It's kind of the way the game works between giving up no runs or four runs."

    Shields, who allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings, was trying to become just the sixth pitcher since 1990 -- joining Roy Halladay (2003), Carlos Perez (1998), Pat Hentgen (1996), Greg Maddux (1995) and Tommy Greene (1993) -- to have four consecutive complete-game victories.

    The right-hander nearly worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the fourth by striking out Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes, but Hanigan broke the scoreless tie on his third homer of the season.

    Evan Longoria, who hit a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Reds, cut the deficit to 3-2 on a two-run double in the sixth. The All-Star third baseman was doubled off second after Matt Joyce lined out to second.

    Tampa Bay dropped to 19-20 at home this season.

    "There's not really an answer for it, but just really focus on keep playing hard," Longoria said. "Try to eliminate those mental mistakes that sometimes cost us games, myself included."

    Longoria has driven in 13 runs in his past six games.

    Cincinnati went up 4-2 on Fred Lewis' seventh-inning RBI single. B.J. Upton got the run back on a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.

    Upton has four homers in his last six games.

    Volquez allowed two baserunners -- both on walks -- as he cruised through four innings before Casey Kotchman got the Rays' first hit, an opposite-field single down the third-base line leading off the fifth.

    Tampa Bay designated hitter Johnny Damon singled in the sixth to tie Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams for 71st place on the all-time hit list with 2,654.

    "You know what? I want him to keep making history as long as he's here," Upton said. "It's fun to watch. I'm happy for him."

    Game notes


    Volquez won on the road for the first time since May 6. ... Longoria has six RBIs over 25 home games this season, with three coming in the last two games. ... The Reds are 8-1 overall against Tampa Bay after winning two of three in the series. ... Shields assisted on all three first-inning outs, fielding two grounders and picking off Joey Votto at first. He has picked off eight runners this year. ... Shields finished with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

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    Game Information

    StadiumTropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
    Attendance25,968 (76.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:41
    Weatherindoors
    UmpiresHome Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Joe West