Cincinnati, OH (AP, FOX19) - Tucker Barnhart hit a game-ending single in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame a bullpen meltdown and took advantage of a Colorado baserunning blunder to beat the Rockies 6-5 Wednesday.
The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after back-to-back homers by Jay Bruce and Adam Duvall.
Colorado appeared to tie the score 3-3 in the seventh when Dustin Garneau doubled with two outs and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn lined the ball into right field for what appeared to be a single. But the Reds threw to third before the next pitch, and Garneau was called out on appeal by umpire Adrian Johnson for missing the base. The call was upheld after a 3-minute, 20-second video review, and Raburn lost a hit.
"Eugenio Suarez told me that he thought the baserunner missed the base," Manager Bryan Price said. "So, I stopped and talked to the [home plate umpire] and said, 'Hey, even though I brought in the new pitcher, can I still make the appeal?' He said, 'Yeah, not until another play is made.' Fortunately, we ended up coming out on the right side of that deal."
The Reds looked to have the game won in the bottom of the seventh after RBI doubles by Barnhart and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to take a 5-2 lead. But the Rockies tied the game in eighth against a struggling Reds bullpen. Blake Wood was charged with two earned runs in the inning and Cingrani was charged a third.
Barnhart's heroics in the ninth started with a Brandon Phillips single. He advanced to third a broken bat Jay Bruce single to right. After a Scott Schebler strikeout, Barnhart laced a ball to right field against a five-man infield.
"We're coming to play every day," Barnhart said after the game-winning hit. "We have a great group of guys, we like playing here and hopefully we can string something together."
Starter Raisel Iglesias was strong again for the Reds, throwing 6.2 innings and only giving up two earned runs.
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