CINCINNATI (AP) – Devin Mesoraco doubled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the slumping Atlanta Braves.
The Reds snapped a three-game losing streak with a late comeback.
The Braves let a 3-2 lead slip away in the seventh with the help of Mike Foltynewicz’s throwing error, and wound up losing for the fourth time in five games.
Jason Grilli (0-2) made his first appearance in six days after being sidelined by a sore back and gave up a one-out single by Brayan Pena for his third hit of the game. Mesoraco, limited to pinch hitting because of a sore hip, then doubled into the corner in left field.
Aroldis Chapman (2-2) gave up a walk in the ninth. The Reds closer had allowed ninth-inning runs in each of the two previous games, both losses.
Atlanta moved ahead 3-2 against Anthony DeSclafani, who had lost each of his previous three starts. Nick Markakis had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and Jace Peterson singled, doubled and scored.
Foltynewicz settled down after yielding Todd Frazier’s two-run homer in the first. He lasted a career-high 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven.
His worst throw was to second base.
Pena opened the seventh with a single, and Zack Cozart bunted back to the mound while trying to sacrifice. Foltynewicz fielded the ball and threw into center field while trying for a forceout. Marlon Byrd’s sacrifice fly tied it.
Frazier talked before the game about how he ached to get back to the All-Star home run derby, where he was the runner-up last year to Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes. The All-Star Game and derby are at Great American Ball Park, one of the majors’ most homer-friendly facilities.
Frazier’s two-run shot in the first inning gave him 11 for the season, tying Washington’s Bryce Harper for the NL lead.
Reds: Cozart was out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in the last eight games because of a sore left wrist that was hit by a pitch. … Second baseman Brandon Phillips left in the eighth with a sore big left toe.
Braves: Eric Stults makes his second start of the season against Cincinnati. He gave up six runs and 11 hits in seven innings of an 8-4 loss on May 2 at Turner Field.
Reds: Right-hander Raisel Iglesias makes his second professional start on Wednesday. He gave up three runs in five innings of a 7-5 loss at St. Louis on April 12 and was sent to the minors.