Reds sink Braves on walkoff homer

Cincinnati 2, Atlanta 1

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CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier paused for an on-field interview after rounding the bases and got a face full of shaving cream from a Reds teammate.

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning.  AL BEHRMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning.

Couldn’t see? No problem. Second baseman Brandon Phillips followed with an over-the-head dousing with one of the dugout water coolers.

That’s what it’s like to hit a game-ending homer.

Frazier connected on his first walk-off home run with one out in the ninth inning Wednesday night, extending Cincinnati’s best surge of the season with a 2-1 victory that left the Atlanta Braves in disbelief over the Reds’ homer-cozy ballpark.

“When he got that ball up, you knew it had a chance, especially in this ballpark,” manager Dusty Baker said.

The Reds won their fifth in a row, leaving them five games over .500 (24-19) for the first time this season.

Frazier hit a solo shot on the second pitch from Cristhian Martinez (2-1), who came on to start the ninth.

The ball barely cleared the wall in right field, landing in the first row of seats an estimated 355 feet away.

The Reds will try for a four-game sweep today. They haven’t swept the Braves in Cincinnati since the 1980 season.

“Right now, we’re rolling,” said Bronson Arroyo, who gave up four hits in 6⅔ innings. “But it’s a rollercoaster, you know.”

There have been 12 homers in the first three games of the series, eight by Cincinnati.

Frazier’s shot would have been an out in most other ballparks. At Great American, it was a game-winner.

“Tough loss,” said Braves starter Tommy Hanson, who gave up four hits in six innings. “But there’s only so much you can do. It kind of (stinks) to see that ball go into the first row and that’s how the game is determined. But that’s the ballpark we’re playing in and we have to deal with it.”

Dan Uggla had a home run in the fourth inning for Atlanta.

TODAY’S GAME

WHO: Atlanta (Randall Delgado, 2-4, 4.26) at Cincinnati (Homer Bailey 2-3, 4.34)

WHEN: 7:10 p.m., SportSouth

MCCANN STILL OUT

Braves catcher Brian McCann was out for a second consecutive game because of flu-like symptoms.

“His temperature is down from yesterday and we were trying to get him ready to play,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez during a pregame media session.

– From Wire Reports

“He got here early, we got him moving around, but he’s got the chills going right now and he’s got the body ache. His joints are aching.”

McCann undoubtedly was hoping to get some at-bats against Arroyo. He is 9-for-18 lifetime against the right-hander with four home runs and seven RBIs.

David Ross will start in McCann’s place. Gonzalez said McCann would have been used in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Reds if the Braves would have gotten to the ninth spot in the batting order. Ross, batting seventh, lined out to shortstop to end the game.


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