For the second time in five days, Billy Hamilton entered a game for the Reds and scored the winning run. The speedster racedhome on Todd Frazier‘s single in the 10th inning for a 4-3 Reds victory over the Dodgers Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
Hamilton came on as a pinch-runner after Ryan Ludwick opened the 10th with a walk. After stealing second and remaining perfect 4 for 4 on steal attempts, he beat Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig‘s throw home to score the winning run.
The win came three innings after Cesar Izturis tied the game with an RBI double. Making his first start in almost a month in place of second baseman Brandon Phillips. He had three hits of and scored a run on Saturday.
With the win, the Reds have taken the first two games of the series from the Dodgers. Four of the last five contests between the two teams have been decided by one run.
The scoring opened early. Reds starter Mat Latos got Carl Crawford to line out to start the game, he allowed the next four batters to reach including Puig, who was hit by a pitch. Puig came around to score on a Hanley Ramirez single.
The Reds came right back, scoring a first-inning run of their own when Dodgers starter Zack Greinke also put four straight runners aboard, all on singles. Izturis tied the game on a Jay Bruce base hit before Ludwick singled in Joey Votto to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
The lead wouldn’t last long, though, as Puig hit a two-run homerun with two outs in the second giving the Dodgers a 3-2.
Latos settled down following the second inning, blanking the Dodgers for the next five innings to end his day. He worked around trouble in the sixth inning but thanks to great defense got out of it.
In seven innings, Latos allowed nine hits, walked one, and struck out three. As he gets a no-decision in the outcome.
The Reds had an opportunity to give Latos a lead in the fifth, when two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. However, two strikeouts later, the inning came to a close.
Despite Greinke getting nine strikeouts over six innings, the Reds combined for 11 hits in the win including eight off the Dodgers’ starter. Cincinnati has now won three straight, and seven of its last 10. And as of now are 1.5 games out of first place Pittsburgh who play later tonight aganist the Cardinals. Tomorrow sereis finale pitching match up is a good one, Homer Bailey for the Reds and Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers. First pitch is at 8:05pm game is on ESPN part of Sunday Night Baseball.