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Struggling Reds shutout in loss to Tampa

Bryan Price speaking to media after Saturday's loss. Bryan Price speaking to media after Saturday's loss.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The struggling Reds offense struggled to a shutout loss to Tampa on Saturday, dropping the Reds to the worst record in baseball.

The Reds only managed 4 hits off Tampa Bay starting pitcher Alex Cobb and spoiled another superb pitching performance by a Reds starter.  Alfredo Simon tied a career high with 8 innings pitched, but his one mistake to James Loney was the difference in Tampa's 1-0 win.

"That pitch was a splitter and I just missed it," said Alfredo Simon of the home run he gave up to Loney. "You know, that's baseball."

Bryan Price moved Joey Votto to second in the batting order to shake up the struggling offense.  Batting in that spot for the first time since 2008, Votto doubled in the 4th inning, but was later thrown out trying to score on a Brandon Phillips single.

Multiple players said Price called a brief team meeting after the loss.

"He said we aren't hitting like we want to," said Zack Cozart.  "But, at the end of the day, it's only 11 games and keep fighting.  Keep competing and we'll be fine."

"We've started the season 3-8.  This could be June, July or August and it wouldn't be as big of a deal," said Price.  "But, starting the season this way is disappointing, but there's better days ahead."

The Reds have now lost all four of its series to open the season.  They'll face the Rays once more Sunday before starting a three-game set with Pittsburgh on Monday.

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