It looked like Wednesday would be an easy night at the ball yard for the Reds. It was anything but. But the Reds held on for a 10-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks before a crowd of 23297 at Great American Ball Park. The Reds led this one 8-0. The D'backs closed it to 8-7. But Aroldis Chapman got the final six outs for his 32nd save. "That was the epitome of a full-moon game" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're riding at 8-0. All of the sudden it was 8-4. Some guys got some hits. They didn't quit. I don't know if that's what you call a good game or not. A lot of stuff happened." The win pushed the Reds' lead in the National League Wild Card back to six games and moved them back to 2 1/2 games out in the NL Central. Mike Leake (11-5) went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out three. "It was a tough one" Leake said. "Being up 8-0 and then having a stressful game stinks." Leake has hit a little bump. He has a 6.26 ERA in his last four starts after having a 2.26 ERA in his previous 19 starts. Shin-Soo Choo started the Reds' first with a home run down the left field. It barely got out and was barely fair for Choo's 16th of the year. The Reds rallied with two outs in the second. Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart got it started with singles. Leake doubled down the right-field line. The ball hopped over the fence making it a ground-rule double. Mesoraco scored but Cozart had to return to third. He didn't stay there long. Choo singled to get Cozart and Leake in to make it 4-0. Joey Votto walked to start the third. An out later Jay Bruce singled. Chris Heisey doubled in a run. Mesoraco singled in two more runs to make it 7-0 and end Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy's night. The Reds added a run in the fourth. Choo led off with a double. An out later Votto singled him in. The 8-0 lead looked safer than safe with the way Leake was throwing. He allowed one hit through four innings. But Leake gave up a pair of one-out hits in the fifth. Leake struck out Gregorius for the second out. Things turned quickly from there. Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel singled in two runs. Pitching coach Bryan Price visited at that point. On the next pitch Leake left an 85 mph cutter over the plate to Adam Eaton the Miami University product. He hooked it into the visitor's bullpen for his second homer of the year. It was suddenly an 8-4 game. "Two pitches got me" Leake said. "Unfortunately that happens."
Reds hang on for 10-7 win against Diamondbacks
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 22