Blown save no biggie as Reds sweep Marlins
ON THE VERGE of a second successive series sweep, the Reds encountered a ninth-inning blip. First Mat Latos gave up a triple, ending his bid for a complete game. Then closer Aroldis Chapman gave up another triple, sending the game into extra innings.
ON THE VERGE of a second successive series sweep, the Reds encountered a ninth-inning blip.
First Mat Latos gave up a triple, ending his bid for a complete game. Then closer Aroldis Chapman gave up another triple, sending the game into extra innings.
But the visiting Reds bounced back in the 10th, scoring three times to complete their second three-game sweep in a row by beating the Miami Marlins, 5-3, last night.
NL RBI leader Brandon Phillips homered in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th.
"We wanted to win the game in nine," Phillips said. "We could have just put our heads down, but we went with the flow."
Latos and two relievers combined on a six-hitter. After Chapman (3-1) blew a save for the first time in nine chances, J.J. Hoover gave up a run in the 10th but earned his third save.
Pinch-hitter Donald Lutz led off the 10th with a single against Steve Cishek (1-4). Following a walk, a bunt and an intentional walk, Phillips lifted a fly ball for his second RBI of the night and 36th of the season. Jay Bruce followed with a two-run double and finished with three RBI.
The Marlins trailed 2-1 when Adeiny Hechavarria tripled with one out in the ninth, ending Latos' night.
"I really wanted to finish it," Latos said. "But we got a W, and that's all that matters."
Chapman came on to strike out pinch-hitter Placido Polanco on a 100 mph fastball, but rookie Marcell Ozuna connected with a 98 mph fastball for an RBI triple.
Chapman then struck out pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano to send the game into extra innings.
"We thought we were out of it. Then they tied the game up," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You've got to come back and keep fighting. You have no choice."
In other NL games *
At St. Louis, Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for five hits and three RBI against Adam Wainwright (5-3) and the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.
* At Pittsburgh, Travis Snider homered for the first time in 9 months and drove in three runs to lead the Pirates past the reeling Milwaukee Brewers, 7-1.
* At Denver, Brandon Crawford's three-run double highlighted a five-run fourth inning for San Francisco in an 8-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
In Rockies news, lefthander Jeff Francis went on the DL with a strained left groin.
In AL games *
At New York, Andy Pettitte and catcher Chris Stewart became the latest Yankees to get hurt, and emergency Seattle starter Hector Noesi pitched into the fifth inning in place of ailing Aaron Harang to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win.
Pettitte (4-3) left after 4 2/3 innings because of an injured back muscle near his left shoulder.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Will Middlebrooks had a three-run double off closer Fernando Rodney (1-2) with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted Boston past the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3.
In Rays news, AL Cy Young winner David Price went on the DL for the first time in his career with a strained left triceps.
In Red Sox news, righthander Joel Hanrahan had ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow. Meanwhile, Andrew Bailey, sidelined by a right biceps strain, threw in a simulated game.
* At Arlington, Texas, Mitch Moreland had two doubles good for three RBI and Yu Darvish (7-1) battled through eight innings as the Texas Rangers topped the Detroit Tigers, 10-4.
In Rangers news, righthander Alexi Ogando went on the DL with tendinitis in his right biceps.
Braves reliever Jonny Venters will be out at least a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career.
* Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals' lineup 3 nights after running full-on into the scoreboard in rightfield at Dodger Stadium. The violent collision left Harper with 11 stitches in his chin and a sore body.