Reds lose 7-6 in 14th to Atlanta

BY foxsports • May 28, 2011


ATLANTA (AP)
-- Only three nights after throwing 95 pitches, reliever Carlos Fisher was back on the mound in another extra-inning game for Cincinnati.

Once again, Fisher took the loss.

Chipper Jones' single in the 12th inning drove in Jordan Schafer to give the Atlanta Braves a 7-6 win over Fisher and the weary Reds on Saturday night.

Fisher (0-2) retired the Braves in order in the 11th before appearing to tire in the 12th, when he couldn't get an out.

Fisher walked Schafer to lead off the inning and also walked Martin Prado.

The switch-hitting Jones, batting from the left side against the right-handed Fisher, pulled a pitch past second baseman Brandon Phillips into right field. The speedy Schafer easily beat Jay Bruce's throw to the plate.

"I just started rushing it a little bit," Fisher said. "My body, it felt fine. I was throwing harder than I thought I would. Just couldn't put it all together. Hung it over the plate."

Fisher normally wouldn't have been asked to pitch so soon after his long outing. He also took the decision in the Reds' 5-4 loss in 19 innings in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, when he gave up four hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Fisher was Reds manager Dusty Baker's sixth reliever on Saturday night.

"Fisher didn't deserve to lose that one, but he was weary, too," Baker said.

"We're beat up right now. That 19-inning game, you're still seeing the effects of that."

Fisher was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. The Reds also have called up starter Mike Leake, who won on Friday night, and left-hander Jeremy Horst, who made his debut on Saturday night.

Baker said the team may have to make another move before Sunday's game.

"We thought about everything," Baker said when asked about his choice of relievers. "When you're at the end of your rope, you try anything.

"It's been a tough road trip. In a lot of ways."

The Reds are 2-7 on their 10-game road trip which ends on Sunday night.

Brian McCann had four hits, including two homers. Freddie Freeman also homered for Atlanta.

The teams combined for 30 hits.

Scott Linebrink (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and issued an intentional walk in the 12th before ending the inning on Drew Stubbs' double-play grounder.

Stubbs had three hits and drove in three runs and Jonny Gomes had four hits for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo and Atlanta's Derek Lowe, teammates on the Boston Red Sox in 2003-04, had similarly poor starts.

Arroyo gave up nine hits -- including third-inning homers by McCann and Freeman -- and five runs. He has given up 18 runs in 12 2-3 innings over his last three starts.

Arroyo was making his first start since an MRI showed a minor muscle strain in his back.

Lowe left the bases loaded in the first and third innings, retiring Bruce on infield grounders to end each Cincinnati threat.

Lowe's luck ran out in the fourth, when the right-hander blew a 5-0 lead. Stubbs had a three-run double over the head of right fielder Eric Hinske, followed by a run-scoring double by Phillips. Joey Votto's single to center drove in Phillips to tie the game.

Lowe, who walked five for the second straight start, gave up seven hits and five runs in 3 1-3 innings.

Horst, called up from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, had to wait only a few hours for his major league debut. Horst retired the Braves in order in the fourth and had a run-scoring single in his first at-bat in the fifth. He had four strikeouts in 2 2-3 innings and gave up only one run, McCann's second homer.

"It was fun. It was a blast," Horst said. "Up here, you can't make too many mistakes.

"I was hoping that go-ahead RBI would hold out but it didn't. The day's over and I had a blast."

Reds shortstop Edgar Renteria, running with his back to the infield, made an over-the-shoulder catch of a short flyball hit by Alex Gonzalez in the sixth.

Schafer had Atlanta's top defensive play in the seventh when he made a running basket catch at the wall in left-center field to rob pinch-hitter Fred Lewis.

The Reds wasted a scoring chance in the eighth when Scott Rolen's single to left field off Jonny Venters moved Votto to third base, but Rolen was thrown out at second base by left fielder Martin Prado.

NOTES: RHP Daryl Thompson, who gave up five runs in three innings in his only appearance with Cincinnati, was optioned to Double-A Carolina. ... McCann had his seventh career two-homer game while matching his high with four hits. ... Gomes raised his batting average from .168 to .191.


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