Murphy’s 2-run homer in 10th powers Braves past Reds, 5-4
Published 10:38 pm Monday, April 10, 2023
ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Murphy hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Monday night.
Murphy blasted the first pitch from Derek Law (0-2) to center field for his third hit of the game, driving in designated runner Austin Riley. Atlanta snapped a three-game skid.
Jonathan India opened the 10th inning for the Reds with a single to right field off Dylan Lee (1-0), driving in designated runner Jose Barrero from second base for a 4-3 lead.
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Braves fill-in closer A.J. Minter blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth, wasting a strong start by rookie Bryce Elder.
Minter allowed three straight hits and two runs before recording an out. Wil Myers reached on a single before pinch-hitter Stuart Fairchild’s drive to left field was deflected by Kevin Pillar, who tried to make a leaping grab over the wall and knocked the ball back to the warning track. Myers scored as Fairchild raced to third.
Spencer Steer’s bloop single drove in Fairchild to tie the game.
Murphy drove in the game’s first run with a double in the sixth inning.
Elder allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings and left the game with a 1-0 lead. He had seven strikeouts and one walk.
Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft was pulled after he walked Orlando Arcia to open the seventh. Ashcraft allowed two runs on six hits and three walks.
Arcia moved to third on a two-out single by Ronald Acuña Jr., who had three hits, off Buck Farmer. Left-hander Reiver Sanmartin walked Matt Olson to load the bases before throwing a wild pitch that allowed Arcia to score with a head-first slide across the plate.
The Reds scored a run off right-hander Nick Anderson in the eighth. Jonathan India doubled and scored on Jake Fraley’s two-out single to right field.
Arcia had a single off Sanmartin in the eighth that drove in Ozzie Albies.
Reds: RHP Lucas Sims (back) threw a scoreless inning and RHP Luke Weaver (right elbow) threw four hitless innings in rehab assignments for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. RHP Tony Santillan (lower back stress fracture) threw a scoreless inning for Louisville on Friday, and manager David Bell said he’d like to see Sims and Santillan make appearances on back-to-back days before they come off the injured list.
Braves: LHM Max Fried (hamstring) has no difficulty throwing off the mound but is still being watched closely on drills in fielding bunts and covering first base. … Iglesias (strained right shoulder) has thrown on the flat ground without difficulty but has yet to throw off a mound in his rehab.
The Braves are expected to activate RHP Kyle Wright, the majors’ only 20-game winner last season, from the 15-day injured list to make his season debut on Tuesday night against Reds RHP Luis Cessa (0-0, 3.38 ERA). Wright, 21-5 with a 3.19 ERA in 2022, was placed on the IL on March 27 with right shoulder inflammation.
|India 2b||5||1||3||1||Acuña Jr. rf||5||0||3||0|
|Friedl cf||3||0||0||0||Olson 1b||2||0||0||0|
|Fraley rf||5||0||2||1||Riley 3b||5||2||1||0|
|Stephenson c||5||0||0||0||Murphy c||5||1||3||3|
|Myers dh||4||1||2||0||Albies 2b||4||1||1||0|
|Vosler 1b||3||0||0||0||Rosario dh||2||0||0||0|
|Fairchild ph-lf||1||1||1||1||Ozuna ph-dh||1||0||0||0|
|Steer 3b-1b||4||0||2||1||Arcia ss||3||1||2||1|
|Benson lf||3||0||0||0||Pillar lf||4||0||0||0|
|Newman ph-3b||1||0||0||0||White cf||3||0||0||0|
|Barrero ss||4||1||2||0||Hilliard ph-cf||1||0||0||0|
DP–Cincinnati 2, Atlanta 3. LOB–Cincinnati 7, Atlanta 9. 2B–Steer (3), India (3), Murphy 2 (3). 3B–Fairchild (1). HR–Murphy (1). S–Friedl (2).
|Law L,0-2 BS,1-2||0||1||2||1||0||0|
Ashcraft pitched to 1 batter in the 7th, Law pitched to 1 batter in the 10th.
Umpires–Home, John Tumpane; First, Ryan Blakney; Second, Marvin Hudson; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt.
T–2:47. A–30,237 (41,149).