Just minutes after Shin-Soo Choo drove in the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals fell to the St. Louis Cardinals clinching a playoff berth for the Reds for the second consecutive season.
Tied at two heading into the ninth inning, Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Sean Marshall. After striking out the side, Cincinnati looked to end it for the hometown crowd. Choo led off the inning with a double and with Brandon Phillips batting, he drew a threw to second and and stole third for his 20th stolen base. After a groundout and a walk, Ryan Ludwick popped out. Jay Bruce was walked to bring up Todd Frazier with the bases loaded but he lined out to center to end the inning.
Manny Parra replaced Chapman to pitch the tenth and after a leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner but a line out doubled of Josh Satin Satin at second to end the inning.
Heading to the bottom half of the inning, Greg Burke was brought in to pitch for the Mets. After Zack Cozart grounded out to leadoff the inning, Devin Mesoraco and Derrick Robinson hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Shin-Soo Choo stepped up and singled to center to score Mesoraco and end the game.
The Reds took an early 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Choo and a bases loaded walk by Joey Votto.
The Mets battled back and plated runs in the third and sixth to tie the game.
Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto went seven innings giving up two runs, one earned, while allowing just three hits and striking out five. Parra picked up the win as Chapman, Marshall, and Sam LeCure all saw action on the hill.
With just six games remaining, the Pirates and Reds remain tied for second place in the NL Central. Mike Leake, who is looking for his 18th win, will be on the mound tomorrow for Cincinnati. The game is scheduled for 7:10 ET.
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