CINCINNATI (AP) _ Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the 12th
inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 9-7 victory over the Atlanta
Braves Thursday for their third straight win.
Mark Teixeira homered and Chipper Jones matched a career high
with five RBIs, but that wasn't enough to keep the Braves from
their second three-game losing streak in eight days. Atlanta fell
three games behind San Diego, the NL wild card leader.
After losses by the Mets and Phillies, the Braves remain six
games behind New York and one behind Philadelphia in the National
Edwin Encarnacion homered in the seventh to tie it at 7. Josh
Hamilton hit a three-run drive for the Reds.
With one out in the 12th, Brandon Phillips reached on an error
by reliever Bob Wickman (3-3), who couldn't handle a flip to first
from Teixeira. Dunn followed with his 35th homer of the season to
right-center, giving the Reds their fourth win in five games.
Teixeira cut Cincinnati's lead to 5-2 with a homer leading off
the fourth, his third of the four-game series and 10th since
joining Atlanta on July 31st.
Jones tied the score in the fifth with a three-run shot
following consecutive walks to Willie Harris and Kelly Johnson.
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