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1911 Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida become the first Cuban natives to appear in a major league game as they both make their debut for the Reds. Appearing as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, Almeida strikes out and Marsans singles in the 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Chicago's West Side Grounds.
1977 The Red Sox snap a nine-game losing streak by blasting a record-tying eight home runs in their 9-6 victory over Toronto at Fenway Park. The octet of round-trippers, hit by George Scott (2), Fred Lynn (2), Bernie Carbo, Butch Hobson, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice, matches the major league mark shared by the 1939 Yankees, 1953 Braves, 1956 Reds, 1961 Giants, and 1963 Twins.
1980 Nolan Ryan, the losing pitcher in the Astros' 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, fans Cesar Geronimo in the second inning to record his 3000th career strikeout. The Reds' outfielder was also Bob Gibson's 3000th victim in 1974.
1989 Tom Browning barely misses becoming the first hurler in big league history to throw two perfect games when Dickie Thon's leadoff double in the ninth breaks up the Cincinnati southpaw's bid for perfection. After the Philadelphia shortstop scores on a Steve Jeltz single, John Franco replaces the disappointed pitcher and induces Lenny Dykstra to hit into a game-ending double play, giving the Reds a 2-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.
2000 Keith McDonald, who will go deep three times in only nine plate appearances this season, becomes only the third player in Cardinal history to homer in his first career at-bat when pinch-hits a home run in the team's 14-3 victory over the Reds at Busch Stadium. Eddie Morgan [1936] and Wally Moon [1954] are the other Redbirds to accomplish the feat.

2015 Cincinnati rookie hurler Josh Smith ties a 108 year-old Reds record when he plunks Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gomez in the team's 7-4 loss against Milwaukee at the Great American Ball Park. The last pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Nationals' right-hander Livan Hernandez, who accomplished the dubious feat in 2005 against Colorado.

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