Price conducts team meeting after Reds' loss

Defeat comes day after club halted nine-game skid; Pena pleased with closed-door discussion

Price conducts team meeting after Reds' loss

CINCINNATI -- Mired in a stretch in which they have lost 10 of their last 11 games, the Reds held a team meeting in their clubhouse Wednesday following their latest defeat.

Manager Bryan Price led the closed-door meeting with his players after his club was beaten, 6-4, by the Rockies, dropping their season record to 19-27. Price would not discuss it.

"It's really nobody's business," Price said.

The Reds snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak with a 2-1 walk-off victory on Tuesday night. But Cincinnati did not fare well most of Wednesday against Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick, who had not won a game since April 6 and took a 6.58 ERA into the game.

Through seven innings before a three-run eighth-inning rally, Kendrick had allowed one run and three hits while throwing only 61 pitches. His only double-digit-pitch inning before the eighth came in the first, when he threw 16.

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Catcher Brayan Pena came away pleased with what he considered a good meeting.

"It was a very positive meeting," Pena said. "Hopefully [Thursday], we can enjoy the day off and be ready for Friday. Right now, things are not going our way. It's no secret. But we have to be positive. We have to continue to go out there and grind, and we have to continue to trust in our ability, and hopefully things will turn around. We know that we have the talent to do so. We need to go out on the field and prove it."

Price was the only person who spoke during this meeting, but specifics were not shared.

"When the general speaks, all the soldiers listen. It was something that we needed to hear," Pena said.

The Reds open a three-game series on Friday vs. the Nationals, a team they have not won a season series against since 2011.

"You hope it wakes us up and gives us a clear head come Friday," Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake said of the meeting. "We know what we're doing. We know what we need to figure out. It's just a matter of putting pieces together and finding a way to grind out wins instead of grinding out losses."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.