|Wild pitches help Reds edge Diamondbacks 2-1|
|Friday, August 23, 2013 12:21 AM|
CINCINNATI — Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona’s fourth wild pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds raced to an improbable 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati (73-55) improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games in the race for the National League’s second wild-card playoff spot.
Choo singled to lead off the eighth against reliever Eury De La Rosa (0-1) and moved to second when De La Rosa’s pickoff attempt rolled away from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Todd Frazier sacrificed Choo to third and Choo scored when ball four to Joey Votto was a wild pitch.
Mat Latos (13-4) went eight innings for the win. In his previous three starts, Latos (13-4) had received only five runs of offensive support.
He made the most of two runs on Thursday, allowing just one run and five hits to Arizona. Latos struck out seven, didn’t walk anyone and hit one batter with a pitch.
Sam LeCure gave up two hits in the ninth but managed to earn his first career save.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed four hits and one run. He walked three, struck out seven and threw three wild pitches — all in the third inning.
Cahill allowed two hits but still faced the minimum 12 batters over his final four innings, with help from a caught stealing and a double-play ball.
In the third, the Reds put runners in second and third with one out. Brandon Phillips cashed in the opportunity with a run-scoring groundout for a 1-0 lead. Cahill entered the game with 11 wild pitches this season and now has a major league-high 14.
The Diamondbacks took a more conventional route in getting even 1-1 in fourth. Adam Eaton and Goldschmidt led off with singles, Arizona’s first hits off of Latos. Martin Prado hit into a double play but Aaron Hill rapped a sharp 1-hopper that third baseman Frazier couldn’t handle. Hill was credited with a run-scoring infield hit.
NOTES: Cincinnati RHP Jonathan Broxton is expected to have surgery after he was placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. … The Reds moved RHP Johnny Cueto to the 60-day disabled list to open a roster spot for RHP Nick Christiani, who was called up from Triple-A Louisville. … Arizona C Miguel Montero was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. INF Willie Bloomquist was 2-for-3 with a run scored on Wednesday while on rehab assignments with the team’s rookie-level Arizona League affiliate.
LHP Wade Miley (9-8) is Arizona’s scheduled starter in today’s opener of a 3-game series at Philadelphia … RHP Homer Bailey (8-10) is due to start at home for the Reds against Milwaukee.
Ryan Braun finally admits drug use in 2011
A month after acknowledging he made “mistakes,” Ryan Braun admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
The suspended Milwaukee slugger wrote in a statement released Thursday by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.
“It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately,” Braun wrote.
Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011 but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled.
Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig.
“I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards,” Braun wrote. “I have disappointed the people closest to me — the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.”
Last month he accepted a 65-game suspension resulting from Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.