Reds manager Dusty Baker rolled the dice with Mike Leake.

The 7-2 score tells you how it worked out.

The Reds lost in the series finale with the Atlanta Braves, 7-2, before a crowd of 32,640 at Great American Ball Park. It is the first time this year the Reds have lost a home series. They won the first five.

This was a 2-1 game as the seventh turned to the eighth. That's when Baker went with Leake -- not once but twice. First, he let Leake hit against left-hander Mike Minor with two outs and runners at first and second in the bottom of the seventh. Then, he let Leake start the eighth with 96 pitches.

"He still had good stuff," Baker said. "I let him hit in the seventh because he was about as good a right-handed hitter as I had off the bench. It just didn't work."

Leake gave up a single to Jordan Schafer to start the eighth. Andrelton Simmons slapped one past right where shortstop Zack Cozart would have been with the hit-and-run on.

That was it for Leake.

Sean Marshall came in and allowed a single to Freddie Freeman to make it 3-1.

J.J. Hoover took over and walked Justin Upton to load the bases. Hoover got Dan Uggla to hit into a fielder's choice. But Juan Francisco hit a grand slam off Hoover, the player he was traded for, and it was 7-1.

Baker defended his decisions.

"We had a choice of either letting Leake hit, pinch-hitting for him," Baker said. "Not to take anything away from our guys, but he's the best right-handed hitter we had on the bench."