Cincy Walks Off With Win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 9-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night for their third straight win.

Mark Teixeira homered and Chipper Jones matched a career high with five RBIs, but that wasn't enough to keep the Braves from their second three-game losing streak in eight days. Atlanta fell three games behind San Diego, the NL wild-card leader.

Edwin Encarnacion homered in the seventh to tie it at 7. Josh Hamilton hit a three-run drive for the Reds.

With one out in the 12th, Brandon Phillips reached on an error by reliever Bob Wickman (3-3), who couldn't handle a flip to first from Teixeira. Dunn followed with his 35th homer of the season to right-center, giving the Reds their fourth win in five games.

Mike Gosling (2-0) had a strikeout in a perfect 12th for the win.

Hamilton's three-run shot, his 17th homer this season and second in two games, capped Cincinnati's five-run second that started with Phillips' leadoff single and Scott Hatteberg's one-out double. After Javier Valentin walked, Encarnacion drove in Hatteberg with a ground-rule double.

Teixeira cut Cincinnati's lead to 5-2 with a homer leading off the fourth, his third of the four-game series and 10th since joining Atlanta on July 31.

Jones tied the score in the fifth with a three-run shot following consecutive walks to Willie Harris and Kelly Johnson. Jones' 21st homer of the season chased Cincinnati starter Elizardo Ramirez, who gave up five hits and five runs with four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Jeff Keppinger and Ken Griffey Jr. hit consecutive two-out doubles in the fifth to give the Reds a 6-5 lead, but Johnson and Jones hit back-to-back doubles to tie it in the seventh. Teixeira followed with a single to give Atlanta a 7-6 lead, but Encarnacion tied it in the bottom half with a leadoff homer, his ninth of the season and first in 56 at-bats since Aug. 4.

Griffey's extra-base hit was his 1,094th, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield for 16th place on the career list.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first on Harris' leadoff walk, Johnson's sacrifice and Jones' double.

Jones had five RBIs for the 14th time in his career. His homer got Atlanta starter and former Reds minor leaguer Buddy Carlyle off the hook after Carlyle allowed six runs and six hits in five innings.


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