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ATLANTA -- Once Micah Owings realized he was OK, one of his biggest concerns was making sure his mom knew he was fine.
Owings (7-12), who pitched two scoreless innings, was hit on the left side of his batting helmet by an 0-1 fastball from Kawakami. Owings was on his back for several seconds before medical staff from the Reds and Braves helped him sit up and walk to the dugout.
The scary play came in front of several family members, who came in from Gainesville, Ga., hoping to see Owings get into the game.
"Yeah, it was nice to have them here even though I'm sure my mom was flipping out from the get-go, but I tried to reassure everybody when I knew that I could see and that everything was fine," Owings said. "I wasn't dizzy or anything, but I wanted everyone to know because I knew they would be worrying and praying at the same time."
According to Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, Owings was bleeding "at the ear" in the dugout.
"He can't fly for a couple of days," Baker said. "But he was in good humor about it. The doctors are in there now stitching him up."
Kawakami (7-11), who has started 25 of 27 games, allowed two runs and two hits in two innings. Atlanta has lost five straight, matching its season-worst skid set April 14-18.
"Anytime a guy gets hit, it's a scary situation," said Stubbs, who finished with three hits. "It could've been much worse -- a concussion that puts him on the DL -- but I was ready for the game to end in the ninth."
The Braves wasted a terrific start by Tim Hudson, who allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in his second game since returning from elbow surgery. The right-hander retired the last 14 batters he faced while making his first appearance at Turner Field since beating Washington on July 18, 2008.
"It was a tough loss today," Hudson said. "I wish we could have pulled this one out. For the most part things are starting to zero in for me. My curveball and my split were really good today. Those are pitches I haven't had in a really long time."
Johnny Cueto also turned in a strong start for Cincinnati, striking out nine while allowing one run and three hits over six innings. The right-hander was attempting to win consecutive starts for the first time since June 25 at Toronto and July 1 against Arizona.
Owings, also one of Cincinnati's top pinch hitters, wasn't sure how long he would be unable to play. In 169 career at-bats, Owings has eight homers, 30 RBI and a .538 slugging percentage.
"I don't think I could have gotten out of the way of it anyway," he said. "Luckily, I was looking for a slider."
Kawakami, speaking through an interpreter, apologized and Owings said he had no hard feelings.
"The sign was 2-seamer inside," Kawakami said. "[Ross] held up his glove high, and I tried to jam it, knowing he was going to come up swinging. Just instantly, I lost the feeling of trying to be aggressive after that. It's the worst place to hit a person. Of course, I was scared for him."
|Micah Owings is on his back for several seconds after being hit in the helmet in the 12th inning. (AP)|
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|Drew Stubbs, CF||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.274|
|Darnell McDonald, RF-LF||5||0||1||1||0||2||1||.234|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||0||0||1||3||2||.301|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.273|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.312|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.284|
|Wladimir Balentien, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Adam Rosales, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Kevin Barker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.368|
|Micah Owings, P||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.245|
|Bronson Arroyo, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.118|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Corky Miller, C||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||.169|
|Johnny Cueto, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.122|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.216|
|a-grounded out for Masset in the 10th|
|3B - Drew Stubbs (1, Kawakami)|
|HR - Drew Stubbs (5, Gonzalez)|
|SF - Corky Miller (1)|
|RBI - Drew Stubbs (8), Darnell McDonald (6), Micah Owings (10), Corky Miller (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (2)|
|CS - Drew Stubbs (2, 3rd base by Hudson/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto|
|E - Johnny Cueto (2, Throwing)|
|Micah Owings (W,7-12)||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||5.26|
|Francisco Cordero (S,33)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.16|
|HBP - Prado (by Johnny Cueto), Conrad (by Johnny Cueto)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 107-72, Jared Burton 8-5, Danny Herrera 11-7, Nick Masset 13-7, Micah Owings 34-22, Francisco Cordero 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 4-5, Danny Herrera 2-2, Nick Masset 3-1, Micah Owings 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 25, Jared Burton 2, Danny Herrera 4, Nick Masset 4, Micah Owings 8, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Nate McLouth, CF||5||0||1||0||1||1||1||.260|
|Martin Prado, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.299|
|Garret Anderson, LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.281|
|Greg Norton, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.145|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||2||2||.272|
|Reid Gorecki, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Matt Diaz, RF||4||0||0||0||1||2||3||.320|
|Brooks Conrad, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.289|
|Omar Infante, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.293|
|David Ross, C||4||2||1||1||1||2||0||.259|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Kelly Johnson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.215|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian McCann, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Kenshin Kawakami, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.103|
|c- Ryan Church, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.279|
|a-singled for Hudson in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Moylan in the 10th|
|c-struck out for Kawakami in the 12th|
|2B - Martin Prado (25, Cueto)|
|HR - David Ross (7, Burton)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (42), David Ross (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (17)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1|
|DP - McLouth-Ross|
|Mike Gonzalez (BS,6)||1||1||1||1||0||2||1||2.49|
|Kenshin Kawakami (L,7-11)||2||2||2||2||2||0||0||4.02|
|HBP - Owings (by Kenshin Kawakami)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 90-65, Mike Gonzalez 20-13, Rafael Soriano 9-7, Peter Moylan 14-8, Kenshin Kawakami 29-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 9-5, Rafael Soriano 1-1, Peter Moylan 2-0, Kenshin Kawakami 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 25, Mike Gonzalez 4, Rafael Soriano 3, Peter Moylan 3, Kenshin Kawakami 10|
|Attendance - 32397|
|Game Time - 3:39|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Chris Guccione|