Turned on a dime

The Reds seemed headed to what would have been the most painful loss of the year — a 1-0 defeat to Roy Oswalt because of a bases-loaded walk from Johnny Cueto in the fifth. That all changed in the top of the ninth when Ramon Hernandez hit a 1-2 Jose Valverde fastball into the first row of right field seats for a 2-1 Reds win.

Some quotes:

Dusty Baker on Cueto — who was strong early but walked six in 4 2/3 innings. His walk to Oswalt with two outs and no one on started the Astros rally.

“Cueto was matching him and pitching better but lost it with some near strikes in the fourth and fifth innings.”

“That was huge. That was real big. That’s prime evidence how walks will hurt you. It hurt us with Cueto and it hit hurt them walking Edwin.”

Baker again:

“That would have been a real tough loss, especially since they really didn’t deserve to win it. But they were winning. Especially when you walk in the only run and it’s 1-0 against a tough Roy Oswalt.”

Ramon Hernandez:

“I was lucky that ball got out. I was just trying to have a good at-bat and trying to get a single so I could get the inning going.”

“When I hit it, I just took off running just in case it hit the wall. We were losing 1-0 so I wasn’t sure.”

Mike Lincoln on the bullpen which pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings:

“Each guy came in and did his job. That’s what we have to do down there. The bullpen is pretty tight. We have a really good group of guys down there and it feels like we could put any guy in any situation.”

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