Posted: Tuesday, May 22nd 2012 at 9:30pm
Bourn's homers not enough, as Braves fall 4-3 to Reds
By The Associated Press
Cincinnati Reds' Drew Stubbs (6) is safe at first with an infield hit as Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman knocks down a wide throw in the first inning of a baseball game on Tuesday in Cincinnati. / photo: Associated Press
CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a pair of homers off Brandon Beachy on Tuesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in another game of all-or-nothing.
Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart also homered off Beachy (5-2) as the Reds got the best of another high-powered game. The teams have combined for 10 homers in the two games, seven of them by Cincinnati.
The Reds moved a season-high four games over .500 at 23-19 with their fourth straight win.
Mat Latos (3-2) gave up five hits, including the first of Michael Bourn's two solo homers, in seven innings for his third straight win. Left-hander Aroldis Chapman fanned two in the ninth for his second save, hitting 100 mph three times in 18 pitches.
The Cuban pitched for the first time since his arrest early Monday morning for driving 93 mph on an interstate in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Police said he had a suspended license.
Chapman got a loud ovation when he left the bullpen. He hasn't allowed an earned run this season, prompting the Reds to try him in as closer.
Caleb Lloyd, a college student who caught two home run balls in Cincinnati's 4-1 win on Monday night, was an honorary captain for Tuesday's game. He and coach Billy Hatcher took out the lineup card, giving Lloyd a chance to tell his story to the umpires.
And, no, he didn't catch any of the five balls hit into the stands in the teams' second straight night of home run derby.
Beachy is one of the majors' best at keeping the ball in the park - every park except Great American, that is. He hadn't given up two homers in a game since his start there on July 24.
Took him only four innings to top it.
The right-hander had allowed only one homer in his first eight games this season, tied for fewest in the majors by a starter. Phillips hit a full-count pitch 422 feet to center field for a 2-0 lead in the first inning, setting the tone.
Cozart hit his second homer in two games, and Phillips led off the fourth inning with another homer for a 4-2 lead. It was Phillips' ninth career multihomer game and the fifth by a Reds player this season.
Just like on Monday night, the Braves gave it a shot but couldn't hit enough homers to keep up.
Bourn homered on Latos' sixth pitch, his first game-opening homer of the season and the third of his career. Bourn also homered off Logan Ondrusek in the eighth for his first career multihomer game.
Jason Heyward had an RBI double in the fourth, the only run of the series that hasn't come off a homer. Freddie Freeman just missed a homer in the inning, lining the ball off the wall in center. He was thrown out by Drew Stubbs while trying for second base.
-- NOTES: Braves 3B Chipper Jones took infield practice, moving gingerly around the infield. Jones missed his fourth straight game with a swollen left calf, hit by a hard grounder on Friday night. He might be back in the lineup on Wednesday. ... C Brian McCann was a late scratch after he became ill. ... Reds RH Nick Masset, sidelined since spring training by an inflamed pitching shoulder, hopes to resume throwing later this week. ... RH Bronson Arroyo makes his 300th career start on Wednesday, facing Atlanta's Tommy Hanson. Arroyo is 114-107 career.
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