Final Score: Cincinnati 5. Atlanta 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit back-
to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cincinnati
Reds edged the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game series.
With two outs and Craig Kimbrel (0-1) pitching, Mesoraco connected on a 3-2
pitch to tie the game. Choo followed that up with his second home run of the
night to give the Reds an unexpected win.
The victory gave Cincy skipper Dusty Baker his 1,600th career win.
"That's exciting. That's why you play nine and play all the outs," said Baker.
"You never really know. We beat one of the best closers in the game today."
Donald Lutz and Brandon Phillips each drove in one run for the Reds. Starter
Homer Bailey had seven strikeouts but surrendered four runs on five hits and
four walks over five innings. Jonathan Broxton (1-1) pitched a perfect top of
the ninth to earn the win.
Brian McCann drove in two runs while Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman had an RBI
apiece for the Braves, who were looking to win their first series against the
Reds on the road since April 24-26, 2009.
Braves starter Kris Medlen allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over
seven innings to earn a no-decision.
"When you don't add on in this ballpark against that club that's pretty good
and has got the history here at their ballpark, you don't add runs," said
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "We didn't score after the fifth. You got to
get yourself in those situations."
Bailey struggled out of the gate, allowing a double by Andrelton Simmons to
start the game and walking Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman with one out.
After fanning Evan Gattis, he gave up back-to-back singles by McCann and
Uggla, with McCann scoring Simmons and Upton and Uggla plating Freeman.
Choo got the Reds on the board in the third with a two-out solo shot.
B.J. Upton singled to lead off the fifth and two batters later, Freeman hit a
liner to left, brnging Upton home for a 4-1 game.
Lutz responded for the Reds in the home half. Jack Hannahan walked and Corky
Miller singled with one down, then Lutz, stepping in for Bailey, delivered an
Brandon Phillips hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth, plating Zack Cosart.
However, with runners on the corners and two out, Todd Frazier struck out
swinging to end the frame.
Three Reds relievers did not allow a hit over the final four innings.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto was 2-for-4, extending his hit streak to 10
games ... The Reds were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position ... Bailey
has not won since his season debut on April 5 ... Medlen has not won since
April 9 ... Cincinnati improved to 13-5 at home ... The Braves have lost eight
of their last 12 games.
05/08 01:49:47 ET
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