The Reds beat the Dodgers, 4-3 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 40,799.  Today’s victory marked Dusty Baker’s 500th win as Reds manager.

In the bottom of the 10th inning and the score tied at 3, Billy Hamilton was inserted as a pinch-runner for Ryan Ludwick.  Hamilton stole second base and scored the winning run on Todd Frazier’s base-hit to right field.

Mat Latos started for the Reds and was solid in his 7.0 innings, allowing just 3 runs on 9 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.  He allowed a home run to Yasiel Puig in the second inning and finished with 106 pitches.

Cesar Izturis, who was giving Brandon Phillips a day off today, went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and a run scored.  Shin-Soo Choo (1r) and Joey Votto (1r, 3bb, double) each had a pair of hits.  Mr. Choo has reached base in 14 straight games.  Votto has reached base in 9 consecutive plate appearances.

Zack Cozart extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

At 81-62, the Reds are a season-high 19 games over .500.  As of this post, they trail the first-place Pirates by 1.5 games, their closest deficit since May 28 (also -1.5 games back).

The Reds go for the weekend sweep tomorrow night at 8:05pm ET.  Homer Bailey will oppose Clayton Kershaw.

That’s all for now!

Expect good news,



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