The Reds earned their first extra innings victory of the season on Tuesday night, defeating the Atlanta Braves 9-7 in 12 innings in the second game of a four game series after winning 10-4 Monday night.
Tuesday’s game started out with Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle driving in a run on a Braves throwingerror in the second inning, followed up by center fielder Billy Hamilton hitting an RBI single and right fielder Jesse Winker hitting an RBI sacrifice fly to help the Reds go up 3-0 early. The score remained that way until the fifth, when the Reds added to the lead as first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Scooter Gennett each hit solo home run. However, the Braves would not go down easy as, in the seventh inning, first baseman Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer to break up what was a no-hitter for Mahle and catcher Kurt Suzuki cut the Reds’ lead in half with a two run shot, making it a 5-3 game. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Reds would respond as Gennett drove in a run with an RBI sacrifice bunt and catcher Tucker Barnhart hit an RBI single. The Braves would make a comeback in the ninth with another solo homer from Freeman, followed by a bases loaded walk by pinch hitter Johan Camargo. The Braves were finally able to tie the game back up as center fielder Ender Inciarte hit a two RBI single. Both teams held eachother off the scoreboard through the tenth and eleventh innings, however the Reds broke throughin the twelfth with a walk-off two run homer from Gennett to win it 9-7.
“I doubt you'll find too many games where the same guy who squeezed hit two homers,” Riggleman said. “But a lot of good things happened.”
Mahle earned a no decision with six innings pitched allowing three earned runs, three hits and two walks, while Braves starter Brandon McCarthy also had a no decision with three earned runs, six hits and one walk over five innings. Reds reliever Jared Hughes earned the win, while Braves reliever Max Fried took the loss.
The teams will play the third game of the series on Wednesday night.