Reds 6, Braves 5
If the Pete Mackanin can survive a game like Tuesday's, maybe the Reds have turned it around. Tuesday's game was the kind they've been losing on all year. But they hung on, despite the eighth inning Mike Stanton meltdown.
“Hey, a win’s win,” Mackanin said. “I don’t care if it’s 6-0 or 6-5. We’re creeping along.”
The Reds are more that creeping along. They’re 8-4 under Mackanin and have won three of four series since he took over.
Bronson Arroyo continued his resurgence with seven innings of three-hit shutout ball. But it went from 6-0 to 6-4 really fast.
Stanton gave up a long two-run home to Andruw Jones and a two-run triple to Kelly Johnson – all with two outs.
But David Weathers got the final out of eighth.
“Stanton hasn't been as effective as he'll be,” Mackanin said. “It all happened so fast, it was kind of a blur. But we held on.”
Weathers worked the ninth, allowing a run, for his 18th save.
“When you got a two-run lead, you can give up one but not two,” Weathers said. “It’s the old Alabama bend-but-don’t-break defense.”
All six of the Reds runs scored on two-out hits.
And, yes, Jeff Keppinger will be in the lineup somewhere for the series finale tomorrow.