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Cincinnati at Oakland

Final 10th
W: F. Cordero (3-3) L: M. Wuertz (2-1)
S: J. Smith (1)
HR: CIN - R. Hernandez (3),J. Votto (15),S. Rolen (15)   OAK - K. Kouzmanoff (8)

Reds hit three home runs in 10th, then hold off Athletics

CBSSports.com wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ramon Hernandez wasn't surprised Cincinnati's offense went into a slump over the weekend. He wasn't shocked, either, when the Reds broke out in a big way in Oakland.

Hernandez hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the 10th inning, Joey Votto and Scott Rolen added back-to-back shots and the Reds beat the Athletics 6-4 on Monday night.

"You know you're going to go through ups and downs," Hernandez said. "There are a lot of games and you can't just be on in all of them. It's impossible. The big thing is we're just trying to stay out of those long cool-off times."

The Reds scored only one run while getting swept by the Mariners and managed only an unearned run off A's starter Gio Gonzalez before getting three home runs in the 10th.

Hernandez hit an 0-1 pitch from Michael Wuertz (2-1) that bounced off the right-field foul pole, breaking a 2-2 tie. Brandon Phillips hit a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice before Votto's two-run shot off Cedrick Bowers. Rolen followed with his home run, tying Votto for the team lead with 15.

"You knew we were due for a big inning," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was huge. It seems like when your bats are sick, everybody's bats are sick but when bats get well it seems like everybody's bats get well at the same time."

The victory moved Baker into a tie with Chuck Tanner for 26th place on the all-time list.

Cincinnati had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth when pinch-hitter Jay Bruce singled off Oakland closer Andrew Bailey to drive in Drew Stubbs.

Oakland's Kevin Kouzmanoff tied the game with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth off Reds closer Francisco Cordero before the Reds powered up in the 10th off Wuertz and Bowers.

Cordero (3-3) got the victory after his fifth blown save of the season. He gave up Kouzmanoff's home run and walked the first two Oakland batters in the 10th before two Cincinnati relievers were needed to finish the game.

After Cordero's two walks in the 10th, Kurt Suzuki singled off Daniel Ray Herrera to load the bases. Ryan Sweeney's fielder's choice made it 6-3 before Jordan Smith got Kouzmanoff on a run-scoring grounder and then struck out Jack Cust for his first career save.

The Reds won for only the second time in 10 regular-season games against the A's, who have dropped eight of their past 10 overall.

"This is a critical time of the season," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "We were right there in first place a couple of weeks ago and we're going through a rough time. We're giving up too many home runs, that's for sure."

Gonzalez gave up an unearned run in the first inning after shortstop Cliff Pennington bobbled Phillips' grounder. Votto's one-out double drove in Phillips, Cincinnati's second run scored in 31 innings.

The Reds didn't get much else off Gonzalez, who scattered four hits over seven innings. He also had nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high.

Cincinnati rookie Mike Leake was just as solid but left with a no-decision for the fifth time in his past seven starts. The right-hander didn't allow a hit until Pennington's one-out bloop single in the third and got some help from his defense. After Conor Jackson singled in Rajai Davis in the fifth, Cincinnati left fielder Jonny Gomes threw out Daric Barton at third base after Barton overslid the bag.


  • Baker is making a pitch for LHP Arthur Rhodes to be included on the NL All-Star team. Rhodes, who carried a 0.29 ERA into Monday, has not been scored upon in 29 innings.
  • DH Cust was back in the A's lineup after pinch-hitting in each of the three games against St. Louis. Cust went 0 for 4.
  • Pennington committed his team-leading 10th error in the first inning.
  • Manager Bob Geren said before the game that LHP Brett Anderson (sore elbow, forearm) might not return to the A's rotation for 3-4 weeks.
  • LHP Dallas Braden will start for Oakland on Tuesday and is seeking his first victory in eight starts since pitching a perfect game on May 9.
  • Kouzmanoff is batting .396 (19 for 48) in interleague play this season.
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Although he gets a no-decision, Mike Leake keeps the Reds in the game by giving up only one run. (AP)
Although he gets a no-decision, Mike Leake keeps the Reds in the game by giving up only one run. (AP)

Players of the Game

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Votto
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Brandon Phillips, 2B5210013 .300
Paul Janish, SS4000022 .227
Joey Votto, 1B5123000 .313
Scott Rolen, 3B5111010 .299
Jonny Gomes, LF4000031 .287
    Laynce Nix, LF1000000 .239
Drew Stubbs, CF4100121 .238
Chris Heisey, RF3000020 .267
   a- Jay Bruce, PH-RF2011011 .267
Miguel Cairo, DH4020021 .275
Ramon Hernandez, C3121101 .293
a-singled for Heisey in the 9th
2B - Joey Votto (11, G. Gonzalez)
HR - Joey Votto (15, Bowers), Scott Rolen (15, Bowers), Ramon Hernandez (3, Wuertz)
SH - Paul Janish (1)
RBI - Joey Votto 3 (46), Scott Rolen (46), Jay Bruce (31), Ramon Hernandez (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Bruce (12)
SB - Drew Stubbs (15, 2nd base off Bailey/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Jonny Gomes 1
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake 6511420 2.92
Nick Masset 1.2000010 6.46
Arthur Rhodes 0.1000010 0.29
Francisco Cordero (BS,5; W,3-3) 1133311 4.36
Danny Herrera (H,9) 0.1100000 3.92
Jordan Smith (S,1) 0.2000010 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 96-51, Nick Masset 23-15, Arthur Rhodes 4-3, Francisco Cordero 33-16, Danny Herrera 8-5, Jordan Smith 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 10-5, Nick Masset 2-2, Danny Herrera 1-0, Jordan Smith 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 26, Nick Masset 5, Arthur Rhodes 1, Francisco Cordero 7, Danny Herrera 2, Jordan Smith 2
Oakland Athletics
Rajai Davis, CF5100003 .271
Daric Barton, 1B4110112 .275
Conor Jackson, LF3111212 .250
Kurt Suzuki, C5010011 .271
Ryan Sweeney, RF5011010 .299
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5122001 .293
Jack Cust, DH4000122 .278
Mark Ellis, 2B3000102 .278
Cliff Pennington, SS2010200 .234
2B - Ryan Sweeney (16, Leake)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (8, Cordero)
RBI - Conor Jackson (14), Ryan Sweeney (31), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson (6)
SB - Cliff Pennington (9, 2nd base off Cordero/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
E - Rajai Davis (2, Dropped fly), Cliff Pennington (10, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Gio Gonzalez 7410190 3.89
Craig Breslow 1000010 2.84
Andrew Bailey 1111120 1.86
Michael Wuertz (L,2-1) 0.1222001 7.71
Cedrick Bowers 0.2222022 5.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 105-64, Craig Breslow 13-8, Andrew Bailey 21-14, Michael Wuertz 5-4, Cedrick Bowers 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 9-4, Craig Breslow 1-1, Michael Wuertz 1-0
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 27, Craig Breslow 3, Andrew Bailey 5, Michael Wuertz 3, Cedrick Bowers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11088
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi