Reds' Winker productive at plate

Skid stopped with homers, four RBIs in back-to-back games

Jesse Winker has a .373 on-base percentage this season. (Paul R. Gierhart/

By Ashley Marshall / | July 11, 2013 9:38 PM ET

For the first week of July, it appeared that the dog days of summer might have been taking a toll on Reds prospect Jesse Winker.

Now after homering in consecutive games and plating eight runs in the space of 48 hours, those troubles appear to just be a midseason mirage.

Cincinnati's No. 10 prospect cleared the fences and drove home four runs for the second night in a row as the Class A Dayton Dragons' outslugged the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a 13-9 win Thursday evening.

Batting third and playing left field, 2012 first-rounder Winker slugged a three-run homer to left field in the first inning.

He then plated Brent Peterson with a sacrifice fly ball to left in the fifth before drawing a pair of free passes in his final two plate appearances.

The long ball was the 19-year-old left-hander's 11th of the year, while his four RBIs lifted his total to a team-best 54.

Selected by the Reds 49th overall in 2012, Winker had collected just four singles and one RBI in 30 at-bats in the first eight games of July. Wednesday's roundtripper was his first since June 14, a spell of 21 games, during which time his average has dropped 20 points.

In his debut season with Rookie-level Billings in 2012, the Florida native hit .338 with five homers and 35 RBIs in 62 Pioneer League games.

On Thursday, Dayton's Tony Amezcua (3-1) earned the win in relief of starter Ismael Guillon, who yielded four runs over the first four innings. Amezcua gave up three runs on three hits and a walk over 1 1/3 frames.

Dragons catcher Brandon Dailey contributed a three-run homer and first baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and third baseman Tanner Rahier added collected three hits apiece in the victory. At three hours and 37 minutes, the game fell 19 minutes short of setting a franchise record.

Cedar Rapids starter Josue Montanez fell to 3-2 on the year after allowing 10 runs -- nine earned -- on seven hits and six walks over four frames.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @AshMarshallMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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