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Reds take down Braves thanks to wild play in center

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CINCINNATI -- The ball deflected off the green-padded post in the outfield wall and rolled to Melky Cabrera, who whirled and threw.

The left hand went forward. The ball went sideways. The race was on.

Braves at Reds

Ryan Hanigan doubled home two runs and kept going when the ball slipped away from the Atlanta Braves center fielder, rounding the bases on the pivotal play of the Cincinnati Reds' 5-2 victory Saturday, one that came down to one wacky play.

"Just an unfortunate play out there in center -- whatever that was," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said.

It was an unfortunate day for the NL East leaders in a couple of ways. The Braves lost leadoff hitter Martin Prado to a hand injury, another setback to a struggling lineup. Later, they traded to upgrade their outfield and bullpen.

Center field was the problem in this one.

Hanigan doubled off Jair Jurrjens (3-4), who has yet to win on the road. Two runs scored while Cabrera chased the ball to the wall. When the outfielder turned and threw quickly, the ball slipped from his hand and rolled across the outfield, allowing the catcher to chug home on the weird error.

"I saw it as I was rounding second," Hanigan said. "I knew I had a chance. It was one of those things. It was good timing. I was in a position where I was deciding whether to go to third. I saw the ball come off and it made my decision pretty easy."

Bronson Arroyo (11-6) gave up five hits in seven innings. Francisco Cordero, who took the loss in Atlanta's 6-4 win on Friday night, got booed when he was introduced to start the ninth. He gave up a pair of singles, then got Jason Heyward on a called third strike for his 28th save in 34 tries.

Heyward had doubled home a pair of runs in the 10th inning off Cordero for Atlanta's win the previous night.

The Braves will be without Prado for at least a week. Tests on Saturday found he broke the second knuckle on his right pinkie when he slid headfirst into home plate on Friday night. Prado leads the league in hits, ranks third with a .315 average, and leads the majors with 44 multihit games.

As the game began, the Braves made a five-player deal with Kansas City to improve their outfield and an already formidable bullpen, getting Rick Ankiel and hard-throwing Kyle Farnsworth.

Cincinnati entered the day a half-game behind St. Louis in the NL Central. The Reds made no moves before the non-waiver trade deadline Saturday -- a couple of potential deals for relievers fell through.

Then, they pulled out a strange win.

Jurrjens took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, in line for his first road win of the season. The right-hander is 0-4 in seven road starts.

Scott Rolen homered in the fourth and doubled to start the go-ahead rally in the seventh. Jay Bruce singled to tie it, and Hanigan came up to face Jurrjens with two outs and two runners aboard.

"He got a 2-2 count on Hanigan and left a changeup up," manager Bobby Cox said. "He was one pitch away from pitching another inning.

Instead, Hanigan doubled off a padded fence post in center. He kept going when the ball slipped out of Cabrera's hand for a two-base error.

Hanigan completed the breathtaking play by sliding into home, then popping up quickly and smacking his hands together. He panted in the dugout while laughing teammates congratulated him.

"That was crazy," manager Dusty Baker said. "I was looking down when it happened, and I thought it hit a post or something. That's the only way he's going to get a Little League, inside-the-park home run."

The Reds drew their second straight capacity crowd. They expect to sell out the weekend series on Sunday, the first time they've had three consecutive sellouts since 2004, when Ken Griffey Jr. was trying for his 500th homer.

Notes
  • The Braves sent reliever Jesse Chavez, OF Gregor Blanco and minor league pitcher Tim Collins to the Royals.
  • In a separate deal, Atlanta got OF Wilkin Ramirez from Detroit for a player to be named or cash. Wilken was assigned to Triple-A.
  • The Reds honored Cox at home plate before the game. Cox, who is retiring after his 29th season as a manager, got a standing ovation from the crowd of 41,611.
 
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Ryan Hanigan scores after hitting a double and getting some help from a Melky Cabrera throwing error. (AP)
Ryan Hanigan scores after hitting a double and getting some help from a Melky Cabrera throwing error. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

S. Rolen
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B5130001 .339
Jason Heyward, RF5100014 .271
Chipper Jones, 3B3000102 .251
Brian McCann, C3030100 .276
Troy Glaus, 1B4000014 .244
Eric Hinske, LF3001104 .275
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000012 .259
Melky Cabrera, CF4010000 .265
Jair Jurrjens, P2000010 .050
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000011 .233
Totals3427135  
a-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (9, Arroyo)
RBI - Eric Hinske (40)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Heyward 2
E - Melky Cabrera (4, Throwing), Alex Gonzalez (12, Missed catch of throw)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (L,3-4) 6.2855061 4.62
Peter Moylan 0.1000000 2.53
Mike Dunn 1000220 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 104-70, Peter Moylan 6-6, Mike Dunn 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-6, Peter Moylan 2-0, Mike Dunn 1-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Peter Moylan 2, Mike Dunn 5
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000000 .286
Orlando Cabrera, SS4010002 .259
Joey Votto, 1B4010021 .325
Scott Rolen, 3B3221101 .303
Jonny Gomes, LF4110011 .269
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Jay Bruce, RF3111100 .261
Drew Stubbs, CF4000034 .229
Ryan Hanigan, C3112010 .310
Bronson Arroyo, P2000010 .170
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1010000 .279
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Chris Heisey, LF0000000 .286
Totals3258428  
a-singled for Arroyo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (24, Jurrjens), Scott Rolen (21, Jurrjens), Ryan Hanigan (7, Jurrjens)
HR - Scott Rolen (18, Jurrjens)
RBI - Scott Rolen (62), Jay Bruce (41), Ryan Hanigan 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (23), Ryan Hanigan 2 (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto, Arroyo-Cabrera-Votto
E - Ryan Hanigan (4, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,11-6) 7421330 4.07
Arthur Rhodes (H,20) 0.1100000 1.52
Nick Masset (H,12) 0.2000000 4.34
Francisco Cordero (S,28) 1200020 3.94
HBP - Jurrjens (by Bronson Arroyo)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 88-57, Arthur Rhodes 10-5, Nick Masset 12-6, Francisco Cordero 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 12-6, Nick Masset 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Arthur Rhodes 2, Nick Masset 2, Francisco Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41611
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Bob Davidson