Battered and bruised, the Cincinnati Reds somehow found a way to win a game Saturday night, a game in which they were at one point trailing 5-1 with no hope in sight. A three-run eighth inning, which was finalized by a Brayan Pena go-ahead RBI single, helped the Reds pull ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 before Aroldis Chapman closed the door for his 20th save.
"That's why the Reds got me, and it's one of those things that I really feel like every time that I've got the opportunity to do something to help my team win, I'm prepared mentally and physically for it," Pena said. "And tonight, it was a very exciting 'W' for us, because it was totally a team effort."
"After I got the first batter of the third inning," Latos said, "I was just standing on the mound and I got in my ready position like I do to receive the sign, and it just felt like as if Zack Cozart or Santiago came up behind me and stabbed me in my lower back. It was real tight."
"There's just never been a theme of, 'We're not supposed to win,'" Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We hung in there for two months, we've played great baseball for probably 40, 45 straight games, and I just think everybody is completely in."