Leake does it all for first win
The Three Stars after a 4-1 Reds victory over the Braves gave them three in a row and six of nine.
No. 3 star: Zack Cozart — 2-for-4, 1 HR. Cozart needed that after a 2-for-29 skid during the road trip. He went deep in the top of the fourth inning with two outs.
“The road trip wasn’t too kind to me,” Cozart said.
No. 2 star: Drew Stubbs — 2-for-3, 2 HRs. Stubbs hit the game’s first long ball and was the third of the Reds to go back-to-back-to-back in the fourth.
“Whenever you see the guys in front of you hit a homer, it kind of ramps you up a little bit to do it also,” Stubbs said. “I don’t know why that was but we were able to put three good swings in a row.”
No. 1 star: Mike Leake — 8 ip, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 98 pitches/68 strikes, 1-for-3 w/ HR. Leake, who got his first victory, now has two very good back-to-back starts following a lousy first six when he was 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA. At one point, he retired 14 in a row.
“I was just attacking, going after hitters and not worrying about who is in the box,” Leake said. “It’s nice to have a little attitude these last couple of outings.”
*The homer was his first in the big leagues, but Leake can handle a bat. His 31 hits in the past three seasons are tied for 2nd most in the Majors.
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News and notes
*Aroldis Chapman wasn’t available tonight but the job got done — with a little drama. Jose Arredondo retired his first two batters but then issued back-to-back two out walks. The former closer, Sean Marshall, had to come in and retired final batter Jason Heyward to get his eighth save.
*The same kid — 20-year-old Caleb Lloyd caught both the Leake and Cozart home runs. Click here to read his story. Maybe he could get an honorary star too?
*The last time Cincinnati hit three-straight homers was 9/10/11 at Colorado.