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Upton's HR sends Braves over Reds 3-1 in 12th

AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) Justin Upton made the lost no-hitter a little easier to take.

Upton hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning Friday night, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds after left-hander Mike Minor came up four outs short of quite the gem.

Upton's 25th homer off Manny Parra (0-1) gave Atlanta its seventh victory in eight games, a resurgence that has kept the Braves in the wild-card chase.

''Right now, we're hot,'' catcher Gerald Laird said. ''Our guys are swinging the bat well. The big boys are driving in some clutch runs that we need.''

David Hale (4-4) pitched out of a two-on threat in the 11th. Craig Kimbrel got the last three outs for his 38th save in 42 chances.

The Reds managed only two hits - a pair of singles by Billy Hamilton - in their seventh consecutive loss. They fell seven games under .500 for the first time since 2009. Cincinnati (61-68) has dropped out of contention by going 10-24 since the All-Star break.

Minor has only one complete game in his career, but he held the Reds without a hit into the eighth, bidding to become the first Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Kent Mercker in 1994.

Zack Cozart drew Minor's fourth walk and advanced on a groundout. Hamilton lined an RBI single to center with two outs to end the no-hitter on Minor's 107th and final pitch.

Minor has changed the grip on a couple of his pitches and pulled out of a funk with three consecutive solid showings.

''Just three weeks ago, I felt like I couldn't get anybody out,'' Minor said. ''I felt more focused, but I've felt like that the last three games.''

And the defense was solid behind him, even though it didn't have to make any spectacular plays to keep the no-hitter going so long.

''I thought our club played really, really well,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''All of them. They busted their butts for Mikey. They knew he had a no-hitter going.''

Cincinnati's defense kept it in the game even though the Reds couldn't get a hit until late.

Mat Latos gave up nine hits - matching his season high - but limited the Braves to one run in six innings with the help of several run-saving defensive plays.

Upton extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single, helping the Braves load the bases with one out in the third. Cozart saved at least one run by making a diving stop on Tommy La Stella's grounder to the hole at shortstop and getting a forceout at second, holding Atlanta to one run on the play.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips saved two more runs in the sixth. With runners on second and third and two outs, he made an over-the-shoulder catch of Jason Heyward's fly to shallow right field.

Atlanta (68-61) stranded six runners in scoring position over the first six innings.


Braves: RHP Shae Simmons, who had to quit throwing at Triple-A Gwinnett because the back of his pitching shoulder was bothering him, is back in Atlanta getting treatment. There's no timetable for when he'll resume throwing.

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani is still having problems with his left shoulder, preventing him from throwing. He was on the DL in May with a sore shoulder, struggled after his return and was optioned to Triple-A Louisville, where his shoulder began bothering him again.


Braves: Ervin Santana (13-6) has won his only other career start against the Reds, beating them 5-4 on April 25 at Turner Field.

Reds: Mike Leake (9-11) is trying for his first win since Aug. 3. He's 0-2 with a no-decision in his last three starts.


Commissioner Bud Selig was applauded by the crowd of 31,160 when he was shown on the videoboard after the first inning, sitting next to Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and Reds owner Bob Castellini. Selig was in town to help dedicate an urban youth academy.


Minor's 7 2-3 innings were a season high. ... Upton is batting .413 during his streak. He also had a triple on Friday. ... The Reds are 0-5 against Atlanta this season, their most losses to the Braves since 2005. ... Cincinnati is 3-9 in extra-inning games, losing its last six. ... Phillips is 3 for 20 in four games since returning from a torn ligament in his left thumb.


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Players of the Game

B. Hamilton
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

J. Upton
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward, RF6010016.270.353.388
Emilio Bonifacio, CF6000021.270.311.351
Freddie Freeman, 1B5220120.296.390.487
Justin Upton, LF6132021.293.368.532
Chris Johnson, 3B6020011.274.297.380
Tommy La Stella, 2B3011100.270.349.340
   Phil Gosselin, PR-2B1000101.286.302.381
Andrelton Simmons, SS6020004.251.297.350
Gerald Laird, C4000113.219.296.277
Mike Minor, P1000100.132.154.211
   Jordan Walden, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Evan Gattis, PH1000010.274.327.509
   David Carpenter, P0000000.000.000.000
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Ryan Doumit, PH0000100.197.238.287
   David Hale, P0000000.063.059.063
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Walden in the 9th
b-walked for Varvaro in the 11th
2B - Andrelton Simmons (14, Latos)
3B - Justin Upton (2, Latos)
HR - Justin Upton (25, Parra)
SH - Mike Minor (2)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (86), Tommy La Stella (28)
SB - Chris Johnson (4, 2nd base off Chapman/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 13
PB - Gerald Laird (7)
Atlanta Braves
Mike Minor 7.2111450 4.90
Jordan Walden 0.1000000 2.21
David Carpenter 1000010 3.61
Anthony Varvaro 1000000 2.81
David Hale (W,4-4) 1100100 2.97
Craig Kimbrel (S,38) 1000120 1.76
IBB - Frazier by David Hale
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 107-64, Jordan Walden 8-5, David Carpenter 16-10, Anthony Varvaro 16-10, David Hale 19-9, Craig Kimbrel 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 10-8, Jordan Walden 1-0, David Carpenter 2-0, Anthony Varvaro 1-2, David Hale 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 28, Jordan Walden 1, David Carpenter 3, Anthony Varvaro 3, David Hale 5, Craig Kimbrel 4
Cincinnati Reds
Billy Hamilton, CF4021100.269.300.388
Todd Frazier, 1B-3B3000212.279.342.456
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000004.266.302.381
Devin Mesoraco, C5000013.276.348.539
Jay Bruce, RF5000030.219.295.380
Ryan Ludwick, LF5000010.252.311.394
Kris Negron, 3B-SS3000200.284.333.494
Zack Cozart, SS3100111.222.272.295
   Manny Parra, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Skip Schumaker, PH1000011.236.289.314
Mat Latos, P1000000.077.111.077
   b-Ramon Santiago, PH1000000.243.341.306
   Jumbo Diaz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Chris Heisey, PH1000000.221.271.356
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sam LeCure, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brayan Pena, 1B1000000.261.294.380
a-struck out for Parra in the 12th
b-grounded out for Latos in the 6th
c-grounded out for Broxton in the 8th
RBI - Billy Hamilton (44)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Hamilton (15)
SB - Billy Hamilton 3 (49, 2nd base off Minor/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Frazier-Cozart
Cincinnati Reds
Mat Latos 6911230 2.99
Jumbo Diaz 1000030 2.86
Jonathan Broxton 1000100 1.40
Aroldis Chapman 2100040 2.61
Sam LeCure 0.2000100 3.74
Manny Parra (L,0-1) 1.1122201 4.41
IBB - Laird by Mat Latos
WP - Aroldis Chapman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 95-61, Jumbo Diaz 18-11, Jonathan Broxton 11-4, Aroldis Chapman 36-24, Sam LeCure 9-4, Manny Parra 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 9-5, Jonathan Broxton 1-2, Aroldis Chapman 2-0, Sam LeCure 1-1, Manny Parra 4-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 28, Jumbo Diaz 3, Jonathan Broxton 4, Aroldis Chapman 7, Sam LeCure 3, Manny Parra 7
Game Information
Attendance - 31160
Game Time - 4:22
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson