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Huge Seventh Inning Leads to Cincinnati Reds Rout of Atlanta Braves

July 24th, 2011 at 9:23 AM
By Cody Fields

Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves seemed to be cruising to another low scoring win Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. And then the wheels came off.

Lowe had done it all for the Braves for more than half the game. He drove in their only two runs of the game with a double in the second inning and gave up a single run in five-plus innings.

Then, five consecutive hits in the bottom of the sixth and three more runs sent Lowe to the showers with a loss.

Jay Bruce started the inning with a double, which was followed by Drew Stubbs' bunt single, which was followed by an RBI double by former Brave Edgar Renteria, resulting in a mound visit from Roger McDowell. That led to a Joey Votto single and Brandon Phillips hitting an RBI double and George Sherrill and Scott Proctor finishing the inning.

And then the rout was on.

Cincinnati sent 11 batters to the plate and seven runs across it in the bottom of the seventh. Scott Proctor was hit for four runs on three hits, followed by Christhian Martinez getting tagged for three runs on two walks and two doubles.

The seven runs were the most Atlanta has given up in an inning all season.

The Braves' story on offense was one of missed opportunity. Though they went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, they stranded nine runners as Homer Baily took the win after struggling through six innings. Bailey walked three and struck out three apart from allowing two runs.

Dan Uggla extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games with a single off Bailey in the second inning. His average is inching closer to the infamous Mendoza line and now stands at .196.

The Philadelphia Phillies extended their NL East lead over the Braves to five games as they rallied to beat the San Diego Padres.

Sunday's 8:05 EDT start will feature Brandon Beachy (3-2, 3.75 ERA) against the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year,  Willis (0-1, 3.38 ERA).

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Phillips, Christhian Martinez, Cincinnati Reds, Dan Uggla, Derek Lowe, Edgar Renteria, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, MLB, Scott Proctor

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