CINCINNATI — The 12-game winning streak for the Cincinnati Reds came to an end Saturday afternoon.
The Reds lost to the Atlanta Braves, 7-6, in front of a sellout crowd at Great American Ball Park. The Braves hit four home runs against Cincinnati pitching.
The 12-game winning streak was the longest active streak in the Majors and matched the longest in team history. It was done two previous times in team history, once in 1939 and again in 1957.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud in the second and Ozzie Albies added another homer and Marcell Ozuna’s RBI single in the third inning extended the deficit to 3-0.
Matt McClain got the Reds closer with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 3-2. But the Braves answered with three more runs in the fourth. They got an RBI double by Austin Riley and a two-run homer by Matt Olson to increase it to 6-2.
Spencer Steer belted his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Atlanta added one more run in the seventh with a solo shot to go up, 7-4.
Jake Fraley’ and Will Benson hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth to get the Reds within a run, 7-6.
But Raul Iglesias struck out Matt McClain and Jonathan India to end the game.
The win by the Braves evens the weekend series.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m.
©2023 Cox Media Group