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Reds beat Tigers in 10 with squeeze bunt

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CINCINNATI -- Standing on third base, 90 feet from winning the game, Miguel Cairo noticed that pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez was giving him a look that suggested he had something in mind.

A bunt.

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Valdez's safety squeeze with one out in the 10th inning sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, an improvised ending to a game that had a little bit of everything.

Home runs. Blown leads. A ball that hugged the outfield wall.

And the Reds' first game-ending bunt since June 26, 1990, when Jeff Reed did it for a 3-2 win over San Francisco in 12 innings.

"It was something I decided," Valdez said. "I feel I can put down a perfect bunt."

Cairo started the rally against left-hander Phil Coke (1-2) with his first triple of the season, a ball that rolled into the right field corner and hugged the wall, skittering past Matt Young.

"It touched every part of the wall," Young said. "I took some balls [there] in batting practice, and no ball did what that ball did. It hugged the wall the whole time and gave Cairo a chance to get to third. It's tough and cost us a game."

One out later, Valdez came up and decided to bunt. His biggest challenge was making sure Cairo knew it was coming.

"He was looking at me and I was like, `Here we go,"' Cairo said. "I was expecting it. I know he likes to do it. It was a perfect bunt."

Cairo waited until Valdez got the bunt down to take off for home. The ball went to first baseman Prince Fielder, who grabbed it with his bare hand and flipped it home. Cairo went in headfirst and got his left hand on the plate ahead of the tag, securing the Reds' 13th win in 19 games.

"That was outstanding judgment by [Cairo] on knowing when to run, and a great slide at home plate," manager Dusty Baker said.

Sam LeCure (2-1) pitched two innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced.

Joey Votto had three hits for Cincinnati, including a three-run homer off Rick Porcello. Votto extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching the longest of his career.

"I've felt really good lately," Votto said. "A lot of things that weren't going right earlier in the season I've been able to clear up."

Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young homered for the Tigers, who had never played at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003. Detroit's first series in town since 2001 -- and a postgame fireworks show to Motor City music -- drew the Reds' fourth sellout crowd of the season.

Cincinnati's Chris Heisey made two diving catches in center field, the second robbing Fielder of a hit. Fielder went 0 for 4 with a walk, ending his 14-game hitting streak.

Some of the Tigers took early batting practice, working on their swings while getting an idea of how the ball carries at the unfamiliar ballpark. Answer: It really flies.

Votto's homer in the third inning made it 54 straight games with at least one homer at Great American, the longest ongoing streak in the majors. There hasn't been a homerless game in the ballpark since July 29.

During his 14-game streak, Votto has gone 28 of 51 (.549) with three homers and eight doubles.

Boesch came into the game in a 4-for-42 slump. He connected on a solo homer off Mat Latos, the 12th homer the right-hander has allowed in a dozen starts. It was Boesch's first homer since May 17.

Boesch had three hits overall, including an RBI single in the seventh off Jose Arredondo. Young's homer off Arredondo put the Tigers up 5-4 in the eighth, but Todd Frazier tied it in the bottom of the inning with a pinch-hit double.

Frazier was a late scratch at third base because of back spasms.

Notes

  • The Tigers are 2-2 in interleague play this season, the Reds 3-1.
  • Bronson Arroyo makes his sixth career start against the Tigers on Saturday. He's 2-1 with a 4.65 ERA against Detroit. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers.
  • C Gerald Laird was back in the Tigers lineup after injuring his right hamstring June 1.
  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland said OF Austin Jackson could join the team from a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo. He's been on the DL since May 17 with a strained abdomen.
  • Latos singled in the fourth inning, breaking his 0-for-29 slump since Aug. 29.
 
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The Reds' Wilson Valdez (right) executes a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 10th that scores Miguel Cairo to win the game.  (AP)
The Reds' Wilson Valdez (right) executes a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 10th that scores Miguel Cairo to win the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Detroit

B. Boesch
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Quintin Berry, CF4100002 .288
Brennan Boesch, RF4132010 .236
    Danny Worth, 2B1000000 .186
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5012011 .321
Prince Fielder, 1B4000112 .312
Delmon Young, LF4111013 .260
Jhonny Peralta, SS2000101 .261
    Luis Marte, P0000000 .000
    Duane Below, P1000000 .000
    Jose Ortega, P0000000 .000
    Phil Coke, P0000000 .000
Gerald Laird, C4020003 .315
Ramon Santiago, 2B-SS4110012 .196
Rick Porcello, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Young, PH-2B^RF3110020 .143
Totals3659527  
a-doubled for Porcello in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Young (1, Latos)
HR - Brennan Boesch (6, Latos), Delmon Young (5, Arredondo)
SH - Rick Porcello (1)
RBI - Brennan Boesch 2 (23), Miguel Cabrera 2 (51), Delmon Young (21)
2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch (9)
SB - Ramon Santiago (1, 3rd base off Latos/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Peralta-Fielder, Cabrera-Santiago-Fielder
E - Rick Porcello (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello 5944211 5.03
Luis Marte 1100110 2.08
Duane Below 1.1211010 2.57
Jose Ortega (BS,1) 0.1200000 0.00
Phil Coke (L,1-2) 1.2111020 4.44
IBB - Bruce by Rick Porcello
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 83-49, Luis Marte 21-13, Duane Below 15-11, Jose Ortega 8-4, Phil Coke 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 8-4, Luis Marte 1-1, Duane Below 1-2, Phil Coke 3-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 24, Luis Marte 5, Duane Below 6, Jose Ortega 3, Phil Coke 7
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS4220102 .250
Chris Heisey, CF5120002 .259
Joey Votto, 1B5133022 .360
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011001 .270
Jay Bruce, RF4010102 .263
Ryan Ludwick, LF5010014 .214
Miguel Cairo, 3B4220100 .163
Ryan Hanigan, C4010003 .296
Mat Latos, P3010021 .059
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Frazier, PH1011000 .267
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilson Valdez, PH0001000 .188
Totals40615635  
a-doubled for Arredondo in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for LeCure in the 10th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (25, Porcello), Ryan Ludwick (7, Porcello), Todd Frazier (8, Ortega)
3B - Miguel Cairo (1, Coke)
HR - Joey Votto (10, Porcello)
SH - Ryan Hanigan (2), Wilson Valdez (3)
RBI - Joey Votto 3 (38), Brandon Phillips (31), Todd Frazier (16), Wilson Valdez (3)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto, B. Phillips-Votto
E - Ryan Hanigan (3, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 6.1743231 4.85
Jose Arredondo (BS,1) 1.2211011 2.22
Sam LeCure (W,2-1) 2000030 3.47
HBP - Berry (by Mat Latos)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 86-60, Jose Arredondo 24-15, Sam LeCure 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-7, Jose Arredondo 2-2, Sam LeCure 1-2
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 27, Jose Arredondo 7, Sam LeCure 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38563
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ed Hickox