In what had been a mostly defensive battle, the Cincinnati Reds took their third straight game against the Atlanta Braves with a cheap walk-off home run that only flew 355 feet on Wednesday. It is the first time the Braves have lost three consecutive games since they lost their first four games of the season.
Reliever Christhian Martinez gave up the fateful homer in the bottom of the ninth to Todd Frazier, his fourth of the year. One an 0-1 count, Frazier drove the ball to the right-center field gap in the hitter-friendly park. Jason Heyward made a leaping effort at the wall, but the ball skimmed right over the top of his glove into the first row of the stands.
Through the first three games of the four-game set, the teams have combined to hit 12 homers, 11 of them solo.
Dan Uggla hit the 10th solo shot of the series with a mammoth blast that traveled 438 feet into the second deck in left field for his sixth home run of the season and his first since May 11.
It was also the only blemish on Bronson Arroyo's night, who gave up only that run and struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings.
Arroyo exited after giving up a two-out double to Tyler Pastornicky, yielding to Jose Arredondo with Chipper Jones looming in a pinch-hit role. Although Arredondo walked Jones on five pitches, he got Michael Bourn to ground into a force out to Brandon Philips, who dove to his right, bobble the ball and somehow shoveled to Zack Cozart at second base.
The walk-off loss also spoiled a strong outing by Tommy Hanson, who struck out five and gave up only one run in his six innings. He has not lost since May 7 against the Chicago Cubs.
Hanson breezed through the first five innings, but ran into a jam in the sixth when Cozart and Chris Heisey lead-off with singles. Hanson stuck out Joey Votto, but he also walked Brandon Phillips to load the bases with one out.
Jay Bruce hit a grounder to Freddie Freeman, and instead of going home to cut down the tying run, Freeman went to second base, but Bruce beat out the throw back to first to avoid the inning ending double play and to tie the game at 1.
The Braves will look to avoid the four-game sweep Thursday when Randall Delgado (2-4) will look to pick up his first win since April 17 against Homer Bailey (2-3)Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Bronson Arroyo, Christhian Martinez, Cincinnati Reds, Dan Uggla, MLB, Todd Frazier, Tommy Hanson