There is a saying that goes "winning is contagious", and it seems like the Cincinnati Reds are finally catching on to the slogan. After coming back to take the lead in the ninth inning of Saturday's game, the San Francisco Giants took it to extras where a five-run eleventh inning gave them a lead for good in the 7-3 win at AT&T Park.
The Giants took a 1-0 on a RBI groundout in the fifth inning, which remained the score until the ninth inning. Sergio Romo took the mound to start the inning and allowed a leadoff walk to Joey Votto. He was followed by Brandon Phillips who took a 2-2 slider and launched it into the seats in left-center field to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
The late-game heroics didn't end there. Aroldis Chapman took the mound to attempt the save but after a single and a walk, Buster Posey doubled home a run to tie the game at two. Luckily, with runners on second and third with no outs the pitcher settled down and retired the next three batters to send the game into extras.
After a scoreless tenth, the Reds opened the floodgates and piled on five runs in the eleventh. Votto led off with a double, and Phillips was intentionally walked to put two runners on. Jay Bruce then moved the runners over with a sacrifice and Devin Mesoraco was intentionally walked. After a strikeout, Zack Cozart came up big with a two-run single to put the Reds ahead. The offense gave the pitching staff some more insurance runs with a two-run triple from Chris Heisey and a run scoring double from Billy Hamilton made the score 7-2.
"I would have said three weeks ago, we probably wouldn't have come back like we did tonight," said Cozart. "I think we're starting to build some momentum and get some confidence."
The Giants got a run in the bottom half to make it 7-3, but the lead was just too much. It was the fourth straight win for the Reds and the 13th in their last 17 tries. They will go for the four-game sweep of the Giants on Sunday.
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