By The Sports Xchange
CINCINNATI — Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice fly in the 11th inning drove home Nick Markakis with the go-ahead run, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.
Braves right-hander Mauricio Cabrera routinely reached 100-104 mph on the radar gun while picking up his third save of the year. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. In the 10th, he stranded the winning run at second.
Tony Cingrani (2-3) took the loss for Cincinnati, allowing one run and two hits in one inning.
Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins gave up two earned runs, both on Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the first inning, in six innings.
But a two-run rally by Cincinnati in the ninth denied Jenkins his first career victory.
Reds starter Cody Reed, who was making his sixth career start, allowed just two runs through six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
The score was tied 2-2 in the sixth when Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips reached on a ground-rule double to center with one out. But Jenkins retired the next two batters to strand Phillips at second.
Reed’s first career quality start didn’t translate into his first career win, however.
Gordon Beckham, who snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a leadoff single in the first, belted his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot with one out in the seventh off Michael Lorenzen, snapping a 13-inning scoreless streak for Cincinnati’s bullpen to put the Braves ahead 4-2.
Aside from the two-run homer, it was a rough night for Bruce, who committed an error that led to a run in the second and grounded into two 3-6-3 double plays.
With closer Arodys Vizcaino still on the disabled list, Atlanta called upon right-hander Jim Johnson to close out the victory.
Cincinnati greeted Johnson with consecutive hits to begin the ninth to put runners at second and third.
Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart grounded out to drive home a run, making it 4-3. Zack Cozart’s single over the third-base bag drove in the tying run, but the Reds shortstop was thrown out easily trying to reach second.
With two outs in the first, Joey Votto walked and Bruce followed with an opposite-field homer to make the score 2-0. It was Bruce’s 19th home run of the season.
Atlanta tied the score 2-2 in the second thanks to two unearned runs. Erick Aybar’s single knocked in a run and another run came home when Bruce bobbled the ball in right field.
However, at a point in the game where things could have gone sideways as in his previous starts, Reed was able to right the ship. He had 1-2-3 innings in the third and the fifth to help keep the score tied.
NOTES: Braves RHP Shae Simmons (Tommy John surgery in February 2015) pitched a simulated game Monday. He will begin a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Braves on Thursday. … Cincinnati claimed RHP Abel De Los Santos off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and optioned him to Double-A Pensacola. … Reds manager Bryan Price announced that RHP Dan Straily will start Friday’s series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. … Reds SS Zack Cozart was the club’s winner of Major League Baseball’s Heart and Hustle Award. Nick Markakis won the Heart and Hustle Award for the Braves. … Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected in the 10th inning for arguing after 3B Adonis Garcia was picked off first. … RHP Tyrell Jenkins was the 12th different starter for the Braves this season, tying them with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Reds for most in the majors.