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Owings beaned as Reds win in 12th for seventh straight victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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 walked off the field after getting beaned with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win.

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."

Joey Votto scored on the play, and Corky Miller followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

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.

Cincinnati trailed 2-1 before Drew Stubbs hit his fifth homer against Mike Gonzalez in the eighth. The Reds have won 12 of 14.

"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.

Jared Burton replaced Cueto in the seventh and former Reds catcher David Ross hit his first pitch for his seventh homer, giving Atlanta a 2-1 lead.

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."

Notes

  • Braves LF Garret Anderson held onto Paul Janish's pinch-hit flyout in the eighth despite colliding with CF Nate McLouth. Neither player appeared hurt and both stayed in the game.
  • Because RHP Justin Lehr has a slight groin pull, RHP Homer Bailey will start for the Reds on Monday at Colorado. Baker said LHP Matt Maloney will be called up from Double-A Carolina to start Tuesday against the Rockies.
  • Atlanta 2B Kelly Johnson snapped a 0-for-20 slide with a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
  • Before the game, Atlanta recalled RHP Manny Acosta from Triple-A Gwinnett and sent down RHP Luis Valdez.
 
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Micah Owings is on his back for several seconds after being hit in the helmet in the 12th inning.  (AP)
Micah Owings is on his back for several seconds after being hit in the helmet in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

D. Ross
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF5131000 .274
Darnell McDonald, RF-LF5011021 .234
Joey Votto, 1B4100132 .301
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000002 .273
Scott Rolen, 3B5110010 .312
Jonny Gomes, LF4010020 .284
    Wladimir Balentien, RF0000100 .232
Adam Rosales, SS2000100 .200
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Kevin Barker, PH1000000 .368
    Micah Owings, P0001000 .245
    Bronson Arroyo, PR0000000 .118
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Corky Miller, C4001022 .169
Johnny Cueto, P2110000 .122
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Paul Janish, SS3000002 .216
Totals40474310  
a-grounded out for Masset in the 10th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Johnny Cueto (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto 6311290 4.39
Jared Burton0211001 5.29
Danny Herrera 1.2000000 2.91
Nick Masset 1.1000000 2.69
Micah Owings (W,7-12) 2000210 5.26
Francisco Cordero (S,33) 1000030 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
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5010111 .260
Martin Prado, 3B4011001 .299
Garret Anderson, LF5000014 .281
    Greg Norton, 1B0000000 .145
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010122 .272
    Reid Gorecki, PR-LF0000000 .227
Matt Diaz, RF4000123 .320
Brooks Conrad, 2B4000013 .289
Omar Infante, SS5000023 .293
David Ross, C4211120 .259
Tim Hudson, P2000011 .000
   a- Kelly Johnson, PH1010000 .215
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian McCann, PH1000000 .276
    Kenshin Kawakami, P0000000 .103
   c- Ryan Church, PH1000010 .279
Totals40252413  
a-singled for Hudson in the 7th
b-grounded out for Moylan in the 10th
c-struck out for Kawakami in the 12th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - McLouth-Ross
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 7411160 2.19
Mike Gonzalez (BS,6) 1111021 2.49
Rafael Soriano 1000010 2.43
Peter Moylan 1000010 2.95
Kenshin Kawakami (L,7-11) 2222200 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
Game Information
Attendance - 32397
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Chris Guccione