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Eddie Armbrister Homers Twice in Reds Fourth Straight Win

July 31, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 12, Padres 1  (66-38)

The Reds won their fourth straight game in a blowout win over the Padres.  The Reds racked up twelve runs on nineteen hits.

Eddie Armbrister had a career day.  He went four for six with two homeruns (his first two of the season), three RBIs and three runs.  Dave Concepcion had four hits and two RBI while Tony Perez had three hits with a triple.

Fred Norman improved to 10-2 on the season with his complete game.  He gave up only one run on four hits with eight strikeouts.



Reds Sweep Doubleheader Over Padres, Win Third Straight Game

July 30, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 13, Padres 8  (64-28)

The Reds scored 13 runs in the first three innings as they blew out the Padres in the first game of their Saturday doubleheader.  Johnny Bench had four RBIs and Cesar Geronimo drove in three.  Joe Morgan scored three times despite getting only one hit.  He walked twice and Pete Rose also scored three times.

Don Gullett only made it through two innings and he was replaced with Manny Sarmiento, who made his major league debut.  He gave up two runs (both unearned) on five hits and two walks but he notched his first career win.  Pedro Borbon pitched the final four innings en route to his fourth save of the season.

July 30, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 4, Padres 2  (65-28)

Johnny Bench and George Foster each homered and drove in two runs to lead the Reds to a sweep of their doubleheader with the Padres.  The Reds were actually outhit 10-6 but made their baserunners count.

Gary Nolan got his tenth win of the season with the complete game.  He gave up two runs on ten hits with four strikeouts.



George Foster Continues to Hit Well in Win Over Padres

July 29, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 9, Padres 3  (63-28)

The Reds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and never looked back as they ended their two game skid.  George Foster hit his 21st homerun of the season and drove in three runs and Joe Morgan went two for three with two walks, four runs, two RBIs and he hit his nineteenth homerun of the season.

Pat Zachry coasted to an easy win.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  Rawly Eastwick had a long relief outing but got the job done.  He shut the Padres out over 3 1/3 innings and gave up only two hits.



Reds Shutout by Giants in Second Straight Loss

July 28, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Giants 7, Reds 0  (62-28)

The Reds were shutout and in the process, lost their three game series with the Giants.  Dave Concepcion had two of the Reds’ five hits.

Rookie starter Santo Alcala was hit hard and early.  He gave up five runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.



Jack Billingham is Shelled in Loss to Giants

July 27, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Giants 9, Reds 4  (62-27)

The Giants ended the Reds’ three game winning streak as they ran up the score on Jack Billingham.  Billingham was tagged for six runs in the fifth inning and he dropped to 7-8 on the season.

Pete Rose had two hits and a run while Joe Morgan had two hits, a run, an RBI and two stolen bases.  Tony Perez drove in two runs.



George Foster an Dan Driessen Hit Reds to Win Over Giants

July 26, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 9, Giants 3  (62-26)

The Reds won their third straight game by blowing out the Giants.  George Foster went four for five with two runs and an RBI and Dan Driessen went four for five with three RBIs.  Ken Griffey had two hits and three runs and Pete Rose led of the first with a homerun for the second straight time.

Fred Norman went the distance and improved to 9-2 on the season.  All three runs that he gave up in the ninth were unearned and he gave up seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.



George Foster and Doug Flynn Lead Eighth Inning Rally, Reds Top Braves

July 25, 1976 at Fulton County Stadium 

Reds 7, Braves 6  (61-26)

The Reds came from behing to win their four game series over the Braves.  With the score 6-5 in the eighth, George Foster homered to tie the the game up, then Doug Flynn drove home Johnny Bench with a sac. fly to give the Reds the lead.  Rawly Eastwick then held the Braves scoreless in the eighth and ninth to earn his eleventh save of the season.

Gary Nolan improved to 9-5 on the season in a shaky start.  He gave up six runs on ten hits and one walk with three strikeouts.  Foster drove home two runs and Pete Rose hit a lead off homerun to start the game off.  Johnny Bench went two for three with two RBIs and a run.



Reds Split Road Doubleheader With Braves

July 24, 1976 at Fulton County Stadium 

Braves 5, Reds 4  (59-26)

The Reds came from behind to tie the game up in the top of the eighth only to have the Braves score on to win it.  Pat Zachry was mediocre in his start and gave up four runs on six hits in five innings.  Pedro Borbon allowed the Reds to get back into the game by pitching two scoreless innings, but he was pulled and Rich Hinton gave up the go ahead run.

George Foster hit his 19th homerun of the season and drove in two runs.  Ken Griffey hit a two run homerun and Pete Rose scored twice.

July 24, 1976 at Fulton County Stadium 

Reds 6, Braves 3  (60-26)

The Reds managed a split with the Braves in their doubleheader and got some help with three errors by the Braves.  Don Gullett improved to 7-3 on the season.  He gave up two runs on five hits and six walks with three strikeouts.  Jack Billingham gave up a single run in 2 2/3 innings to notch his first save of the season.

Pete Rose and Ken Griffey both had two hits and two runs each.  Dan Driessen went three for five with an RBI and Mike Lum hit a solo shot in the fourth inning.



George Foster Drive in Two Runs in Reds Win Over Braves

July 23, 1976 at Fulton County Stadium 

Reds 3, Braves 1  (59-25)

Rookie starter Santo Alcala was solid and the Reds scored two runs in the eighth to win this one.  Alcalca improved to 9-2 with the complete game and gave up one run on seven hits and five walks with four strikeouts.

George Foster drove in two runs and Joe Morgan singled, scored and stole his 29th base of the season



Reds Win on Fred Norman’s Four Hit Shutout

July 21, 1976 at Riverfront Stadium 

Reds 4, Mets 0  (58-25)

Fred Norman threw a four hit shutout and the Reds offense scattered four runs in four different innings to even their series with the Mets.  Norman improved to 8-2 and struck out four batters.

Ken Griffey had two hits and two runs.  Joe Morgan went two for four with a run and an RBI and Dave Concepcion went two for three with a run.



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