By Jon Tayler
Wilson Ramos thought he’d delivered a game-winning single against Cincinnati in extra innings. Brandon Phillips had other ideas.
Phillips’ lunging dive in the 12th inning took a hit away from Ramos and the winning run away from the Nationals, keeping the Reds in the game until they broke through for two in the 15th. A two-run shot from Todd Frazier gave Cincinnati a 4-2 lead, and the Reds held on for a 4-3 win, ending a two-game losing streak.
With the score knotted at two in the 12th, reliever J.J. Hoover started the inning by walking pinch-hitter Tyler Moore. Denard Span dropped down a bunt, but catcher Devin Mesoraco pounced on it and fired to second base to get the force on Moore. Zack Cozart, however, made a wild throw to first base to try to get the double play. Instead, the ball got away from first baseman Neftali Soto, which allowed Span to get to second. A walk to Anthony Rendon followed, then a flyball by Jayson Werth pushed Span to third. That brought up Ramos, who took a first-pitch fastball from Hoover and lined it straight up the middle. Phillips, however, timed the ball perfectly and dove full extension, grabbing the ball in mid-air for the third out.
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