The Cincinnati Reds, who were behind by three runs in the ninth inning, received one-out solo home runs from Jake Fraley and Will Benson off Raisel Iglesias.
Could they make history by extending a winning run to 13 games?
The Atlanta Braves won 7-6 in an eight-homer slugfest on Saturday to snap the Reds’ 12-game winning streak after Iglesias retired Matt McLain and Jonathan India.
Spencer Steer commented, “I wish we had won 100 straight.” “Over the last two weeks, we’ve played some pretty outstanding baseball. We’ve established a solid culture and relationship in that clubhouse, and I feel we have confidence in our ability to compete against these big-name players.
Four home runs from each club brought the total for both teams through the first two games of the series to 17, after nine were hit in the Reds’ 11-10 victory on Friday night.
Travis d’Arnaud and Ozzie Albies also hit deep shots off Graham Ashcraft (3-6), who gave up three long balls for the first time in 33 major league starts. Matt Olson blasted his 200th big league home run. The Braves won for the ninth time in ten games thanks to a home run by Marcell Ozuna against Alex Young.
For the Reds, McLain and Steer hit two-run home runs, while Fraley hit a home run for the third game in a row.
Iglesias, who pitched for the Reds from 2015 to 20, struck out TJ Friedl to open the ninth inning. Iglesias recorded his 11th save in 13 opportunities after the home runs.
Manager of the Braves Brian Snitker observed, “I never feel safe here with a lead and I never feel like we’re out of it.” “Until it’s over, you never feel good.”
The victory run for Cincinnati was the longest since April 30 to May 12, 1957. Since their last six games of 1918 and their first seven of 1919, the Reds have not won 13 consecutive games.
It was a lengthy stretch, according to Reds manager David Bell. We didn’t grow accustomed to it since it lasted a long, which is wonderful. It was a fantastic run. We all value what we were able to do against strong opposition, and as a result, we have improved as a team and learnt a lot about ourselves. We become more powerful.Even if we are grateful for the streak, everything about us and our clubhouse remains the same.
As a result of the run, the Reds attracted 43,498 fans for their first two consecutive full-capacity sellouts since Pete Rose’s No. 14 was retired on June 24-26, 2016.
Everyone in this clubhouse appreciates playing in that kind of environment, according to d’Arnaud. “It reminded me of the playoffs. Their enthusiasm spread quickly. Definitely electric.
Before dropping the first game of the series on Friday, the Braves had won eight straight games. Michael Tonkin (2-0) threw 2 1/3 hitless innings for them.
On June 8, Ashcraft made his first start after being struck by a comebacker. In four innings, he handed out 10 hits and six runs.
“I thought it was one of my most enjoyable trips in a while. Today simply didn’t work out for us,” he remarked.
d’Arnaud’s solo home run in the second and Albies’ shot off the bridge linking the Sun and Moon Deck in right with the main concourse in the third inning gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead. In the third, Ozuna added an RBI single, and McLain’s home run made the score 3-2.
Olson’s 24th home run, the NL’s most, and third of the series allowed Austin Riley to score after hitting an RBI double in the fourth.
The Braves took a 7-4 lead after Ozuna’s seventh-inning home run, which was his 15th of the year and 13th since the beginning of May.