Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton had a big night in his first career start. He became the first player since 1920 to steal four bases in their first career start, and to top things off, he helped the Reds top the Houston Astros 6-5 in a 13-inning thriller at Minute Maid Park.
The five-plus hour win brought the Reds within half a game of the second place Pittsburgh Pirates after they were beaten at home by the San Diego Padres.
"It doesn't matter, as long as you win," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "If you're going to be out there for that long, you might as well win. That was some game. It wasn't the prettiest game."
"My job is to steal bases, no matter how many I get," said Hamilton.
"I'm not going to try and sugarcoat it. Those games aren't fun," Bruce said. "I think our team did a good job of keeping focus. That's what happens in these types of games. You lose focus for a little bit or guys give away at-bats. We didn't do that tonight. We pulled it out, which was a big one for us."
Cincinnati has a day off before heading to Pittsburgh for a pivotal three-game series with the Pirates.
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