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Cincinnati Reds Hit Consecutive Homers Off Craig Kimbrel, Beat Atlanta Braves

May 8th, 2013 at 8:12 AM
By Cody Fields

The Cincinnati Reds stunned the Atlanta Braves Tuesday by belting back-to-back home runs off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth, one by Shin-Soo Choo to give the Reds a 5-4 win at Great American Ballpark.

Kimbrel struck out the first two batters he faced when he entered with a 4-3 lead before grooving a fastball on a full count to Devin Mesoraco, who hit a solo homer just out of B.J. Upton's reach to right-center.

"I thought the pitch to Mesoraco was a good pitch, down," Gonzalez said on braves.com. "He drove it to straightaway center. I didn't think it had a chance to go out, but it just kept carrying and carrying. Even then, I thought B.J. [Upton] had a shot at it."

Kimbrel reasoned that he didn't want to walk Mesoraco with Choo coming to the plate, but Choo instead hit a 432-foot homer to win the game for the Reds to give Kimbrel three blown saves in his last five opportunities.

"I feel like those are three wins we should have under our belts," Kimbrel said. "It's just frustrating. I just feel like I can't get it done. I can't get it done right now."

It ruined the 3-0 lead the Braves had in the first inning, when they forced Homer Bailey to throw 41 pitches. Brian McCann started the scoring with a two-run single with the bases loaded, which Dan Uggla followed with his own RBI-single.

Uggla now has a five game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .350.

Freddie Freeman also singled home a run with one out in the fifth, but he was the last Braves baserunner of the game.

Kimbrel's blown save also spoiled a seven-inning, two-run start by Kris Medlen, who also gave up a solo homer to Choo in the third inning. That was the Reds' only hit through the first four innings.

Medlen had lost three straight starts but threw 68 of his 99 pitches on Tuesday for strikes, walking just two batters and striking out six.

"I was using both sides of the plate really for the first time this year consistently, throwing in and out for strikes," Medlen said. "That's the best I've felt."

The Braves have a quick turnaround on Wednesday with a 12:35 start in their chance to win the series.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Cincinnati Reds, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Homer Bailey, Kris Medlen, MLB, Shin-Soo Choo

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