Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Shin-Soo Choo went 4-for-5 with three runs
scored and three RBI, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, as the Cincinnati
Reds took the third of a four-game set from the Arizona Diamondbacks with a
10-7 win at the Great American Ball Park.
Devin Mesoraco had two hits and two RBI for Cincinnati, which increased its
lead over Arizona in the National League wild card standings to six games with
Mike Leake (11-5) went six innings, yielding four runs on six hits. Aroldis
Chapman picked up his 32nd save and his first six-out save of the season.
Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy (2-8) lasted just 2 1/3 innings after
surrendering seven runs on eight hits. Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra each
went yard in the losing effort.
Choo led off the bottom of the first and sent the second pitch he saw from
McCarthy over the fence in left field for his sixth leadoff homer of the
The Reds added to their lead in the second when consecutive two-out singles
between shortstop and third base by Mesoraco and Zack Cosart brought
Leake to the plate. The Reds' hurler, who entered the contest with just one
RBI on the season, delivered a ground-rule double to right, plating Mesoraco.
Choo followed with a single up the middle, giving Cincinnati an early 4-0
The rout continued an inning later. Chris Heisey doubled home Brandon
Phillips with one away in the third. Mesoraco followed with a single to
center, plating Jay Bruce and Heisey and giving the Reds a 7-0 cushion.
McCarthy was relieved in favor of Josh Collmenter, who recorded two quick outs
to avoid further damage.
The lead grew to 8-0 when Joey Votto joined the action with an RBI single to
center, scoring Choo.
After retiring 13 of the first 14 batters he faced, Leake ran into trouble in
the fifth, allowing consecutive singles to Wil Nieves and A.J. Pollock. Leake
then fanned Didi Gregorius for the second out, but pinch-hitter Jason Kubel
drove in two with a single to right. Eaton then clubbed his third career home
run, cutting Arizona's deficit in half.
Pinch-hitter Tony Campana sparked another two-out rally for Arizona in the
seventh inning when he reached on an infield dribbler to short. Eaton followed
with a walk and Martin Prado singled home the Diamondbacks' fifth run. After
Paul Goldschmidt walked to put the tying run on first, reliever J.J. Hoover
induced an Aaron Hill fly out to left.
Parra's solo home run off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth was initially ruled a
double, but an umpire review revealed that the ball did in fact travel over
the wall before ricocheting back onto the field. Broxton then walked Nieves,
and Reds manager Dusty Baker went to his closer.
Chapman took the hill with no outs and a man on first. Pollock grounded out,
but Gregorius walked, bringing pinch-hitter Matt Davidson to the plate with
two on. Chapman forced Davidson into a tailor-made double play grounder to
short. Cosart fielded the grounder cleanly and flipped to Phillips for the
initial out, but Phillips' throw went under Votto's glove at first, and a run
came across to make it 8-7. Chapman fanned Eaton to secure Cincinnati's lead.
Todd Frazier and Phillips provided Chapman with insurance runs, each
registering an RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth. Chapman then pitched
around a walk and a single in the ninth, recording three consecutive outs to
end the contest.
Chapman made his first career at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning,
drawing a full count before striking out swinging ... The Reds have won 11 of
their last 15 games ... Cincinnati went 7-for-12 with runners in scoring
position while Arizona hit just 2-for-9 with RISP ... Hill's 13-game hitting
streak came to an end after an 0-for-5 effort ... McCarthy has lost five
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