How’s the old saying go: Let a good team hang around long enough and they’ll score nine runs in the ninth? Something like that. The Reds trailed 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 in this one. But they scored one in the sixth, one in the seventh and one in the eighth before the nine-run ninth. They sent 14 hitters to tje plate in the inning. The had five walks and five hits. Mat Latos went six innings and allowed four runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. Three of the runs were unearned, thanks to errors by center fielder Shin-Soo Choo on nearly identical plays. Alfredo Simon and Sam LeCure each pitched an inning of perfect relief. Latos struggled through the first inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay. After getting Carlos Beltran to fly out, Latos got ahead of Matt Holliday 0-2. But he ended up walking him. Latos struck out Allen Craig and got ahead of Yadier Molina 0-2. But, again, Latos couldn’t close the deal. Molina ran the count full before lining one to the wall in center. Choo got to the ball, but it went off his glove. He juggled it briefly before it fell. It was ruled an error. Jay and Beltran scored. Jaime Garcia did not allow a hit until Chris Heisey led off the fourth with a double. The ball never made it into the gap, but Heisey never slowed down. He was safe with a headfirst slide. Joey Votto walked. Ball 4 was in the dirt for a wild pitch, allowing Heisey to take third. He tried to score on Brandon Phillips’ ground ball to third. Heisey might have been safe, but he went at Molina instead of the plate. Jay Bruce singled to right to get Votto in. It was Bruce’s 5th RBI in four games.
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