Joey Votto hit a ground ball to third that looked to pull Freddie Freeman off the bag, but the replay confirmed that the first baseman held his foot on long enough to give the Braves (15-7) the win. Homer Bailey (1-2) was roughed up for five runs in six innings including a three-run homer by Justin Upton in the first inning.
The Reds (11-12), who had won eight of their last 11, were held scoreless through five by Ervin Santana (3-0). Cincinnati was able to break into the scoring column in the sixth when Jay Bruce singled home Votto and then Brandon Phillips scored on a double play. The Reds chased Santana in the seventh when Devin Mesoracto singled and then came in to score on a double by Billy Hamilton. Hamilton scored on an RBI single by Votto to make it a 5-4 game.
While the Reds may have cut into the lead, it came with a price as Mesoraco was injured rounding third. After making the turn for homer, Mesoraco grabbed his left leg and stumbled to the ground before getting back up and limping home. The speedy Hamilton was the perfect distraction as he drew the throw to second base where he slid in safely. He was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring and left the game. Cincinnati also had Todd Frazier leave in the fifth with tightness in his leg.
Mesoraco has already spent the time on the disabled list this season with a strained oblique. Tucker Barnhart could be recalled to fill the void again for Mesoraco, with Brayan Pena taking a majority of the playing time. Frazier's injury does not appear to be as serious and his removal from Friday's game seemed more precautionary than anything. Neftali Soto filled in for him in the final four innings, while Ramon Santiago could also play third base if needed. The Reds had actually received good news on the injury front with Mat Latos, Aroldis Chapman, and Skip Schumaker all making solid progress in their rehab.
Bryan Price will have some decisions for tomorrow's lineup when Mike Leake (2-1, 3.49 ERA) faces David Hale (0-0, 2.93 ERA).