Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Todd Frazier smacked a walkoff RBI single in the 10th to carry the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday at Great American Ball Park.
The win, their third straight, secured a second consecutive series win and tightened the Reds’ grip on the second NL Wild Card berth.
With an 81-62 record, the Reds lead the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks by 8 ½ games.
Mat Latos lasted seven innings, yielding three runs on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts for a no-decision. J.J. Hoover (4-5) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the victory.
Zack Greinke gave up two runs on eight hits with a walk and nine strikeouts while Brian Wilson (1-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the game-winning hit to Frazier.
The loss was the third straight for the Dodgers, who still lead the NL West with an 83-58 record.
Hanley Ramirez gave the Dodgers an early lead with an RBI single but Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick responded with run-scoring single apiece to put the Reds ahead, 2-1.
In the second, Yasiel Puig hammered a two-run shot with two outs to give the Dodgers a 3-2 advantage.
In the seventh, Cesar Izturis tied the count with a double that scored Shin Soo Choo before Frazier delivered the game-winning hit three innings later.
Before the game, the Reds unveiled Joe Morgan’s statue outside the Great American Ball Park in honor of one of the best second baseman of all-time.
Morgan joined Johnny Bench, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson as the Reds greats honored with a statue at Crosley Terrace.
Morgan was an All-Star in each of his eight seasons in Cincinnati, winning five Gold Gloves during that time.
He played for back-to-back World Series championship teams in 1975 and 1976, earning National League MVP in each of those seasons. He was also a first-ballot inductee to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987.
Morgan received the game’s highest honor in 1990, as he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame after 22 illustrious seasons in the big leagues.