Rookie Colt Keith homers twice, Reese Olson starts strong for Detroit as Tigers down Reds 5-4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie Colt Keith homered twice, Parker Meadows and Riley Greene also went deep and the Detroit Tigers held off the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Friday night.

Meadows led off the third with a 410-foot homer to right field. After Reds center fielder Stuart Fairchild’s catch robbed Matt Vierling of an extra-base hit, Keith hit one out to almost the same spot as Meadows in the right-field seats.

Keith then had a two-run shot in the fifth, and Greene led off the seventh with his team-leading 17th homer, another deep shot to right field.

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 5: Ryan Kreidler #32 of the Detroit Tigers points after hitting a home run during the third inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 5, 2024 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Lauren Leigh

The Tigers got an outstanding start from right-hander Reese Olson, who pitched no-hit ball through four innings. He left after 5 2/3, allowing just two runs and three hits and striking out eight.

Spencer Steer led off the Reds’ fifth with a 425-foot homer into the upper deck in left field, but Olson struck out the next five batters he faced. He was relieved in the sixth after Jonathan India scored from second on shortstop Ryan Kreidler’s wild throw to first on Jeimer Candelario’s ground ball.

The Reds came on in the ninth.

Ellie De La Cruz beat out a grounder to the right side for a hit to lead off the inning and took second with his major league-leading 43rd stolen base.

De La Cruz went to third on a balk and scored on a single by Steer, who came home on Nick Martini’s triple into the right-field corner.

Cincinnati starter Carson Spiers managed only 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits. He gave up three of Detroit’s four homers.

Blake Dunn, running for Martini, was thrown out on a close play when he tried to score on a grounder to third.

Noelvi Marte singled to put the tying and winning runs on base, but Jason Foley induced a grounder to first by Santiago Espinal to end it.


Tigers: SS Javier Báez will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo in Columbus. He has been on the injured list since June 11 with lumbar spine inflammation.

Reds: Put C Luke Maile (herniated disc) on the 10-day injured list and called up C Austin Wynns from Triple-A Louisville. Maile is expected to be back after the All-Star break. OF Jake Fraley went on the family emergency medical list and INF Edwin Rios was promoted from Louisville. INF/OF Levi Jordan was designated for assignment.


The Tigers sent OF Akil Baddoo to Triple-A Toledo and recalled OF Parker Meadows.


Reds right-hander Hunter Greene (5-4, 3.70 ERA) is the scheduled starter against a still to be determined Detroit pitcher as the interleague series continues on Saturday afternoon.