Reds 5, Braves 4: After Devin Mesoraco’s pinch-hit homer tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Shin-Soo Choo delivered his second homer of the night as host Cincinnati stunned Atlanta.
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1) was one strike away from ending the game, but Mesoraco hit a low fastball over the outstretched glove of center fielder B.J. Upton to knot the score at 4. Four pitches later, Choo launched another fastball over the fence in center as Cincinnati evened the series in dramatic fashion.
Jonathan Broxton (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory. Choo finished 2-for-5 – adding a solo homer for the Reds’ first run in the third – and Joey Votto tallied two hits as Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker won his 1,600th career game.
Brian McCann singled home two runs during a three-run first and Kris Medlen allowed two runs on four hits over seven strong frames for the Braves. Kimbrel blew his third save, matching his total from all of last season.
Brandon Phillips’ sacrifice fly brought Cincinnati within 4-3 in the eighth, but Eric O’Flaherty struck out pinch-hitter Todd Frazier with the tying run on third to end the inning.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The game started 35 minutes late due to rain. … Cincinnati pitchers retired the final 14 Atlanta hitters. … McCann’s single was his first hit of the season. The Atlanta catcher made his season debut Monday after off-season shoulder surgery.